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Cairns Esplanade which includes a luxury hotel or resort, a pool and swimming

Stroll along the boardwalk surrounded by palms tree and landscaped gardens and watch the sun set over the Coral Sea.

The Cairns Esplanade is the tree-lined boardwalk along the foreshore in the city of Cairns. It overlooks the Trinity Inlet and the Coral Sea on one side, and is lined with restaurants and gardens on the other. It has bike paths and walking trails, playgrounds, barbecues, exercise areas and a salt-water lagoon.

Come to take a morning stroll and spot sea birds that swarm the waterfront at this time of day. Cafés along the Esplanade serve breakfast and coffees to locals on their way to work and visitors enjoying sea views. Later in the day, buy fresh seafood to cook on one of the barbecues in the picnic areas along the boardwalk.

Lifeguards patrol the lagoon, which is open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. throughout the year. It’s surrounded by sand, sun lounges and trees, and is free to use.

Families should head to the Youth Activity Precinct where there are a range of free activities for young visitors. Watch the kids explore the Endeavour Fun Ship, a marine-themed playground, or Muddy’s, a playground and water park with slides and a flying fox.

If you want to keep active, there are a number of free fitness classes held along the Esplanade. Try aqua aerobics, beach volleyball, bouldering (a form of rock climbing), yoga or Zumba. The Cairns Regional Council website has details and a timetable.

Craft markets sell locally made jewellery, woodcraft, leatherwork and pottery on Saturdays. Finish the day with dinner and drinks in bars and restaurants that look out over the water.

The Esplanade is an easy walk from the city centre. You’re free to wander the boardwalk at any time of the day or night. Parking is available near the Esplanade; fees apply. There are shower and public toilet facilities throughout the area. If you’re heading out to the Great Barrier Reef, the main departure point for tours, Reef Fleet, is located at the south end of the Esplanade

539 Cheap Hotels Near Cairns Esplanade

Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre
Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre
4 out of 5
Cnr Abbott And Florence Street, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$142 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Center of Contemporary Arts and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Marlin Marina and ...
3.6/5Good! (983 reviews)
"Close to town"

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$271 per night from 11 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Center of Contemporary Arts and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Marlin Marina and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (980 reviews)
"Exceptionally clean, beautiful building in a beautiful location. Staff were professional and helpful."

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
The Abbott Boutique Hotel
The Abbott Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
69 Abbott St, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$142 per night from 5 Jul. to 5 Jul.
Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cairns Regional Gallery and Reef Fleet Terminal. Cairns Esplanade and Cairns ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (679 reviews)
"Great location with shops and eateries close by. Close to the pier and within walking distance to many places and public transport."

Reviewed on 22 May 2021

The Abbott Boutique Hotel
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Cairns Plaza Hotel
Cairns Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
145 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$140 per night from 12 Jul. to 12 Jul.
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$271 per night from 11 Jul. to 11 Jul.
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Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre
Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre
4 out of 5
Cnr Abbott And Florence Street, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$142 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre
The Abbott Boutique Hotel
The Abbott Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
69 Abbott St, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$142 per night from 5 Jul. to 5 Jul.
The Abbott Boutique Hotel
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$350 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
Mantra Trilogy
Mantra Trilogy
4.5 out of 5
101 - 105 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$259 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Mantra Trilogy
Crystalbrook Riley
Crystalbrook Riley
5 out of 5
131-141 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$425 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Crystalbrook Riley
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
4 out of 5
209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North, QLD
The price is AU$299 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Crystalbrook Bailey
Crystalbrook Bailey
5 out of 5
163 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$325 per night from 11 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Crystalbrook Bailey
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.