Port Explorers took over the Cooya Beach Campus in early 2019 and the centre has gone from strength to strength and grown considerably. Cooya Campus Director Kate Cooper has worked in childcare for over ten years; she also has extensive experience in Queensland primary schools.


Port Explorers is a well known, and loved, early childhood centre in the tropical far north Queensland town of Port Douglas. In 2019 Port Explorers began expanding and acquired the Cooya Campus. The centre provides childcare for children from six weeks of age.

Hours of operation are from 6.00am til 6.00pm

At the Cooya Campus there are three classrooms comprising of:

  • Babies  |  6 weeks – 2 years
  • Toddlers  |  2  –  3 years
  • Pre-Kindy/ Kindy  |  3 –  school age

Take a look at the links below to see what each room has to offer.

Babies Room

Ages 6 weeks – 2 years

Toddler's Room

Ages 2 – 3 years

Kindy Room

Ages 4 – School age

Education is all about fun!

Our programs include a wide range of activities including physical activities such as sport and games, cultural activities including cooking and craft and excursions.

We have many visitors throughout the year from the Police, Fire Brigade to dance and Yoga lessons and also hands-on wildlife experiences, ensuring that your child is exposed to all types of day to day activities.

We love seeing the reaction to these visits and opening the children’s minds to things they may not otherwise experience.


Indoor Play

The Cooya Campus features indoor areas that are fully equipped to meet children’s interests and individual needs. Air conditioned classrooms are used for inside activities as well as a space for children to unwind and relax.

Each of three classrooms at the Cooya Campus have been recently renovated and furnished with beautiful wooden furniture, inspired by nature.

You will find generous age-appropriate resources in each classroom, sure to inspire children’s imaginations.

Cooya Campus is an accessible, single level building, which has been purpose built with children in mind.


Outdoor Play

The Port Explorers Cooya Campus has three generously sized outdoor play areas, connected to each classroom, featuring fun spaces for children to explore.

Look out for mud kitchens, sandpits, lush tropical gardens, large outdoor play equipment, water play, shaded art areas, worm farms and busy activity stations.

Your child will enjoy fun and educational activities alongside their friends, supported by a team of passionate early childhood educators.


Meals and Snacks

All meals are included during your child’s day at Port Explorers, prepared by an on-site professional chef, ensuring that your child receives high quality, nutritious food.

  • Morning tea –  tropical fruit platters, yoghurts and toast.
  • Lunch  –  assorted sandwiches, wraps and hot meals.
  • Afternoon tea – savoury platters, slice, fruit muffins / pancakes.

Mealtimes provide excellent opportunities to teach children the importance of developing appropriate hygiene and healthy eating habits.



Meaningful, respectful and supportive relationships with families contribute to a smooth transition and quality outcomes for your child.

Children and families thrive when families and educators work in partnership.

To enrol your child at Port Explorers, or arrange a visit, send a message via the contact us page.