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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

497 Cheap Hotels Near Cairns Esplanade

Pacific Hotel Cairns
Pacific Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870
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The price is AU$197 per night from 2 Aug. to 3 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (975 reviews)
"Good location and proximity to shopping, community pool and playground. Plenty of excursion booking agencies nearby."

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2022

Pacific Hotel Cairns
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$340 per night from 30 Jul. to 31 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (976 reviews)
"The hotel was very nice, a bit pricey though. They upgraded my room to have a marina view. That made the high price more justified."

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2022

Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
122 Lake St, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$324 per night from 1 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a children's pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (254 reviews)
"Novotel was WONDERFUL. The buffet breakfast, the restaurant for dinner, the friendly staff all first rate. The location is perfect for wandering around Cairns"

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2022

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
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Top Cairns Esplanade Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Cairns Queens Court
Cairns Queens Court
3.5 out of 5
167-173 Sheridan St, Cairns North, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$99 per night from 11 Jul. to 12 Jul.
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Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$340 per night from 30 Jul. to 31 Jul.
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Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
122 Lake St, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$324 per night from 1 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Pacific Hotel Cairns
Pacific Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$197 per night from 2 Aug. to 3 Aug.
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 Hotel Tropiq
Hotel Tropiq
3 out of 5
179 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$169 per night from 1 Aug. to 2 Aug.
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The Benson Hotel
The Benson Hotel
3.5 out of 5
44-56 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$215 per night from 31 Jul. to 1 Aug.
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Oaks Cairns Hotel
Oaks Cairns Hotel
59-63 Cairns Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$269 per night from 2 Aug. to 3 Aug.
Oaks Cairns Hotel
Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre
Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre
4 out of 5
Cnr Abbott And Florence Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$183 per night from 5 Aug. to 6 Aug.
Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
4 out of 5
209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$323 per night from 1 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
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.