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Home to some of the world’s most astounding natural wonders, Cairns is the perfect base from which to explore the World Heritage protected Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest of Tropical North Queensland.  Unique and educational outdoor experiences are easily accessible for educational groups staying in the region. 

Explore the Reef and Rainforest

Located just 6 minutes’ drive from the Cairns airport and located just one block from the Esplanade and a short walk from the Cairns City Centre, Reef Fleet Terminal and popular Esplanade Lagoon, the Comfort Inn Cairns City is an ideal accommodation option for school group educational or sporting excursions. With a variety or room types that can accommodate up to 3-4 students per room, we offer a very economical option for cost-conscious families.

Comfort Inn Cairns City features 53 modern accommodation rooms, 2 lagoon-style pools, free guest parking and a full-service restaurant with group dining options that can be customised to the specific needs of your students.

The spacious, fully air-conditioned rooms are particularly well-suited to student groups as they can comfortably accommodate up to 4 guests making them a very economical option for cost-conscious student families.

Located on-site at the hotel is the popular Asian Restaurant. Overlooking the city main street, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and can provide boxed lunches and customised group dining options designed specifically for the needs of your students.

Tranquil surrounds and modern facilities complemented by a warm spirit of hospitality make the Comfort Inn Cairns City a perfect base for your next school excursion!

Tropical North Queensland offers a myriad of exciting educational experiences for students of all ages in the areas of ecology, biodiversity, cultural awareness, marine biology and environmental sustainability. Below are some useful links for some of the region’s most popular attractions.

Great Barrier Reef – A school trip to the Cairns and Far North Queensland region would not be complete without a visit to the famous Great Barrier Reef. A guided tour out to the reef is highly educational and definitely one of the must-do activities whilst you are visiting Cairns.

Cairns Aquarium – At the new Cairns Aquarium, students can explore the wild and wonderful creatures of the Tropical North plus follow the journey of a raindrop from the top of the coastal mountain range as it joins creeks, streams and flooded billabongs, traveling through the Wet Tropics past the mangroves, through the Great Barrier Reef and out into the depths of the Coral Sea.

Skyrail – A gondala ride over ancient rainforest-clad mountains to the famous Kuranda village can include Skyrail’s Interpretive Ranger Options allowing your students to enjoy a personalised Ranger guided tour through Australia’s World Heritage protected tropical rainforests.

Mossman Gorge – Located 77 km north of Cairns, Mossman Gorge is one of the few places in the country where student groups can journey into the world-heritage listed Daintree Rainforest with indigenous Tour Guides sharing valuable insights and experience. 

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures – Over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways lead you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. Enjoy entertaining and educational wildlife presentations and take a boat cruise on the lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife in a natural habitat of melaleuca wetland.

Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome – The world’s first challenge ropes course in a wildlife park! Conveniently located right in the city centre the Cairns Wildlife Dome is an Australian wildlife experience that promotes education and understanding of a tropical rainforest, without the need to leave the city. Includes a power jump, a dome walk and a zipline over Goliath, a 4m salt water croc!

Esplanade Lagoon Swimming – Kids of all ages will love the fun and excitement of the Esplanade Swimming Lagoon. It is a man-made lagoon located along the Cairns Esplanade and is a great place to relax and have fun on a hot day.

Northern Beaches – A great day trip for school kids is to visit one of the many wonderful northern beaches of Cairns. Here the kids can play a game of cricket on a white sandy beach, swim in the ocean or just explore the sights and sounds of the beach.

Jungle Surfing – Feel the wind through your hair as you zipline from one tree platform to another in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest!

Cairns Museum – Positioned in the heart of the city, the Cairns Museum has many interesting and educational displays, exhibits and artifacts that will educate students about the history and political of this unique region.


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