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The Esplanade

The Esplanade is a stretch of beach and promenade situated in Cairns, Australia. This spot has been a popular recreation area since the 1800s, and it has only grown in size and popularity since. Today, The Esplanade is a collection of restaurants, markets and shopping centres along the beach that draw visitors from all over Cairns. In addition to the many entertainment options, The Esplanade is the centre for all outdoor activities in Cairns, so people enjoy swimming, surfing and many other activities here. From backpackers to affluent sun worshippers, you will encounter a diverse cultural scene at The Esplanade.

  • Come to Cairns on a Saturday morning, when The Esplanade comes alive with a collection of colourful markets selling everything from locally grown produce to handmade clothing and jewellery.
  • Have a BBQ with friends at one of the many free barbeque and picnic areas at The Esplanade, which makes a great way to enjoy the amazing weather in Cairns with the ocean as your backdrop.
  • Bring your binoculars to The Esplanade so that you won’t miss out on the diverse collection of birds that inhabit the mudflats— a perfect early morning activity for bird lovers.

The Cairns International Airport is the main gateway into the region and has many international flights, as well as short regional flights from cities in Australia. The Esplanade is located near the Cairns Station of the train, so you can just get off at this stop and walk the rest of the way. Cairns is small enough to get around on foot and there are plenty of pedestrian friendly areas around. There is also a boardwalk at The Esplanade with a dedicated bike path because cycling is one of the top activities in the area.

Hotels in The Esplanade

Recommended hotels

From US$14

1 Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort

4 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews

57 - 89 Grafton Street Map

Stay 2 Nights & Save 15%

Located in the heart of Cairns, Gilligan's Backpackers has a lagoon-style swimming pool, outdoor bar and large plasma-screen TVs showing sporting events. Gilligan's Backpackers offers a blend of... More

Excellent place good location my first time at backpackers I don't think I would share a dorm room again but wasn't to bad. Food was pretty good and eye candy was at a whole new level .
10 Mar 2015
From US$92

2 Mantra Esplanade Cairns

4 stars
4.4 / 5 25 reviews

53-57 The Esplanade Map

Stay 3 & Save 35%

Featuring a convenient beachfront location close to area attractions and recreation sites, Mantra Esplanade Cairns makes for a convenient starting point for vacationing couples, holidaymakers and... More

Great home base for visiting Cairns.
Loved the apartment style room that included a proper kitchen, washing machine and dryer. Fantastic location on the Esplanade. Free secure parking was a winner as well. Enjoyed peace and quiet...
8 Dec 2014
From US$60

3 Park Regis City Quays

4 stars
3.7 / 5 26 reviews

6 Lake Street Map

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Park Regis City Quays Cairns invites discerning travellers to stylish accommodations centrally set near the harbour in Cairns. This chic Cairns foreshore-situated property positioned holidaymakers... More

Good Location
This is located very close to Port and pie restaurant. Very clean room just little small room but for couple is quite OK.
28 Sep 2015
From US$69

4 Southern Cross Atrium Apartments Cairns

4 stars
4.0 / 5 24 reviews

3-11 Water Street Map

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The Southern Cross Atrium Apartments Cairns offers tropical charm close to the centre of Cairns. The spacious self-contained apartments offer luxurious comfort and tropical splendour with private... More

Excellent cairns trip
Enjoyed staying here, plenty of room, nice balcony, huge mall just across the road, restaurants within walking distance, friendly and helpful, easy to come and go.
25 Sep 2015
From US$137

5 Shangri-La Hotel The Marina, Cairns.

5 stars
4.6 / 5 72 reviews

1 Pierpoint Road, Cairns, Qld 4870 Map

Kids Stay FREE!

Shangri-La Hotel The Marina Cairns welcomes cosmopolitan travellers to a luxurious retreat set overlooking the picturesque Coral Sea in this Queensland city. Apart from exploring entertainment... More

great hotel
This hotel has an excellent location to marina and restaurants...lovely rooms and shower/bed fantastic which helps.wifi terrible.horizon club excellent with great staff and very attentive and...
26 Aug 2015
From US$130

6 Hilton Cairns

5 stars
4.5 / 5 19 reviews

34 Esplanade Cairns Queensland Map

Save 30% on your stay, includes breakfast

Hilton Cairns hotel welcomes travellers to sophisticated accommodations set in an enviable waterfront location in Cairns. This luxury hotel in Queensland overlooks Trinity Inlet and Cairns Marina.... More

Lovely Holiday Break
We had the fortune to book our break at the Cairns Hilton and were not let down. Our arrival was seamless ushered to our beautiful room straight away and throughout our stay found all staff to be...
29 Apr 2015
From US$90


4 stars
4.4 / 5 28 reviews

209-217 The Esplanade Map

The Mercure Hotel Harbourside Cairns offers enchanting balcony views of either Trinity Bay, or the surrounding tropical mountains. Located within walking distance of Marlin Marina, this hotel will... More

value for money
Met all expectations, very friendly staff. will stay here again
6 May 2015
From US$90

8 Mantra Trilogy Resort Cairns

4 stars
3.9 / 5 34 reviews

101-105 The Esplanade Map

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Located in Cairns Esplanade, Mantra Trilogy Resort Cairns offers a stylish holiday sanctuary just a short walk from the restaurants and area attractions. Tourists in Cairns enjoy beautiful flora... More

Spacious and position Great
Great location and really big apartment. We had a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom upgrade for two mates so we appreciated the space. Pool was big and nice. Parking was average as we didn't get a space due to...
15 Aug 2015
From US$92

9 Villa Vaucluse Apartments

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

141 Grafton Street Map

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Boasting friendly and gracious ambience with warm and inviting service, the Villa Vaucluse Apartments Cairns offers self-contained apartments for business and leisure travellers in Cairns. ... More

Short Stay
Good location in central Cairns - within easy walking distance of city activities and services. Good size rooms with well equiped kitchen. Good value although age is starting to show.
2 Sep 2015
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