Why Families Are Wild About Novotel Cairns
By Kate Richards (AKA Adventure Mumma)
The first thing that strikes you as you enter the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resorts is its expansive atrium where you can check in, check out some Cairns tours, grab a coffee and a bite to eat and admire their pool which takes centre stage. The resort's accommodation wraps around the lagoon-like pool with its sandy beach that entertains the youngsters all day, and there's a swim-up bar nearby which could easily entertain adults all day. Plus of course there's plenty of crystal cool water to float your worries away.
You'll also find a variety of family-friendly rooms on offer here. Opt for a Deluxe Pool View Room or a Deluxe City Mountain Room, which takes in the lush tropical mountains that surround Cairns. Those seeking a cost friendly option check into a Standard Room, which is perfect if you plan to be out-and-about a lot and not so concerned about the views. Adjoining rooms are available and room configurations can be suited for families of all ages and sizes.
The added bonus of booking during School Holidays and weekends is the Very Important Kids (VIK) Program that has kids activities galore - pool pony races, sand castle competitions, limbo and the list goes on... more opportunity to get that elusive chillax time that parents crave for.
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort's location is in the heart of Cairns CBD and you'll find that many of the city attractions are easily within walking distance. From the well-manicured tropical gardens that surround the pool you'll find an exit in the surrounding wall which means it's only a five-minute walk to reach the nearby Cairns Esplanade.
Right Next Door is Cairns Aquarium
Those families that have chosen the Wild About Cairns package will find the Cairns Aquarium right around the corner from the resort. Here you'll discover and learn about the aquatic world of the Great Barrier Reef, plus there's an array of habitats and critters unique to the Far North's freshwater streams and mangrove environments.
Highlights include a turtle rehabilitation centre where the animals are cared for until they can be returned to the sea. There's plenty of free presentations such as the live diver shark and ray feeds, daily ecosystem talks and animal presentations, a touch tank where you can interact with reef critters, and for the super keen, the opportunity to dive with sharks.
Cairns Wildlife Dome and Cairns Zoom
A few blocks away lies Cairns Wildlife Dome and Cairns Zoom, another activity that's included in the Wild About Cairns family package. Here you'll find a rainforest setting where native Australian animals roam free except for Goliath, their resident five-metre crocodile who thankfully stays put in his own enclosure.
Free interpretive talks occur throughout the day but perhaps the biggest attraction here is the opportunity for active families to challenge themselves on the ropes course. It definitely puts a spin on a visit to a wildlife park. You can zipline over Goliath, test yourself on all sorts of rope bridges and moving walkways, skirt the outside of the Dome to enjoy a birds-eye view of Cairns and power jump from the top of the dome and take the quickest way down.
And the best thing is? Knowing that your accommodation, the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is only a stone's throw away. Reassuring, as you'll find both the kids, as well as yourself will be slightly worn out by all these adventures. It's not long before you'll find yourself back at your accommodation and chillaxing around the pool. No doubt however the kids will get their second wind and roar back into action! How do they do that?
WILD ABOUT CAIRNS FAMILY PACKAGE
For a limited time only, experience a wild family adventure in the heart of Cairns with 5 nights at Novotel Oasis Resort and receive family passes to Cairns Aquarium and Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome, PLUS more!