The BEST place for BOYS (and Girls!) to visit in Cairns, Queensland


If you are after an attraction that is completely out of the normal, a visit to The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum in Cairns, Queensland is on the must visit list – especially if you have boys (big or small!)


The museum is privately owned and the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.  It showcases approximately 140 armoured vehicles and specialises in a collection of World War II and post war machinery which makes it perfect for big and small kids!  Explore through and learn about the many tanks, guns, weapons and memorabilia, but the highlight (which does cost additional) for our son Rob, was a ride on an APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) in the field outside!  The APC is a decommissioned armoured vehicle which has been specially reconfigured to seat 10 passengers and is available onside daily.  A word of warning though, its stinky and dirty which is probably why the father and son in my family enjoyed it!  To watch the quick video of our visit, be sure to click here: 

For smaller kids not as interested in the history of the Museum, the military play table complete with dressing up gear of everything war, keeps them entertained and is interactive and fun!


The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum is located in Smithfield, conveniently located next door to the SkyRail departure office.  Costs at the time of writing this were:  Family $65, children under 5 free.  If you are wanting to turn this into a full educational experience for your kids, be sure to ask if they have any of their Australian War Memorial (AWM) Memorial/Educational Boxes in house for a look!



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