Muddy’s Playground On The Esplanade In Cairns

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Alright, we admit it, we are playground nerds.

And when in Cairns, there’s one huge and very marvellous playground which demands to be visited. So we got straight over there one sunny day. Luckily, it’s just a short walk from where we were staying at the Novotel.

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Muddy’s Playground on the Esplanade in Cairns is famous for its water play features… and also for its immense size. It really is huge, and there are areas to suit all ages and stages of children.Muddys Playground Cairns Esplanade-4 Muddys Playground Cairns Esplanade-5
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Isn’t the play equipment fantastic?

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And I love the artworks and gardens too.

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There is one fully enclosed toddler play area, it wasn’t busy when we were there. It’s pretty big, love the play houses.Muddys Playground Cairns Esplanade-13

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The cafe is very handy too. It’s large and the view out to see from the tables is divine.

Food is of the fast variety. Milk shakes, smoothies and coffees are served too.Muddys Playground Cairns Esplanade-14 Muddys Playground Cairns EsplanadeOr BYO food and drink, there are plenty of BBQs if you want to make a day of it.


Muddy’s Playground, Cairns – Information

The official Esplanade website has information about all the other fun stuff to do along the Esplanade.

Information about the playground is here.   

Toilets are at the south end.

Bring cossie and towel as there’s lots of water play… and sunscreen and hats.

Enclosed: No, there are fences alongside the road but not side on the boardwalk and beach side.


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And here are detailed posts on what we enjoyed

Coral Reef Dreaming – Overnight Yacht Trip to the Great Barrier Reef

 River Tubing On The Mulgrave River With The Kids

 Why We Are Loving The Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

 Miracle on the Great Barrier Reef – Kids Take Photos of Mum For Once!

We highly recommend Muddy’s playground, one of the best we’ve ever seen.

Can you recommend another fabulous playground in your area – anywhere in Australia at all.

Happy playing!


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Posted on: October 5, 2014


  • Reply April 29, 2016


    My son adored this playground when we went to Cairns a few weeks ago! Sydney should have more of these!

    • Reply April 30, 2016

      Seana Smith

      It’s fab isn’t it? So huge and with so many water features. Have you been to the bigger ones here in Sydney? There’s a list of our top 50 playgrounds on the blog here.

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