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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 10%

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

Mr
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$133

2 201 Lake Street Cairns

4 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews

201 Lake Street Map

Stay 5 Nights & Save 10%

The chic and contemporary 201 Lake Street Apartments Cairns offers business and leisure travellers an ideal base with comfortable accommodations in the heart of Cairns. On a clear day, tourists can... More

From US$78

3 Southern Cross Atrium Apartments Cairns

4 stars
3.9 / 5 21 reviews

3-11 Water Street Map

Book 28 Days In Advance & Save

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

Fantastic
wonderful spot, went in May in the off season for 8 nights, great weather and not so many people. Clean apartment overlooking the ocean. Staff very responsive. Wished I could have stayed longer.
27 Jun 2015
From US$129

4 Shangri-La Hotel The Marina, Cairns.

5 stars
4.5 / 5 71 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$102

5 Il Palazzo Boutique Apartment Hotel Cairns

4 stars
4.6 / 5 21 reviews

62 Abbott Street Map

Kids Stay FREE!

Il Palazzo Boutique Apartment Hotel Cairns invites travellers to a plush apartment-style retreat centrally set in Cairns. The ideal location of the aparthotel allows guests to easily explore... More

Close to city
This hotel was good as it was close to everything. Walking distance.
30 Aug 2015
From US$96

6 Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

4 stars
4.5 / 5 38 reviews

122 Lake Street Map

Rate includes Breakfast

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort invites holidaymakers to a state-of-the-art tropical retreat within easy access to entertainment and shopping opportunities in this bustling Queensland metropolitan.... More

Will be back
Quick week away which was lovely. Great buffet breakfast! We got a two for one deal so worked out to $14each for the two of us!! Great location 2-3 blocks from a supermarket, the lagoon, shopping.....
11 Jun 2015
From US$93

7 Mantra Esplanade Cairns

4 stars
4.4 / 5 25 reviews

53-57 The Esplanade Map

Stay 3 Nights & Save Up to 25%

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$61

8 City Sheridan

3 stars
4.1 / 5 28 reviews

157 Sheridan Street Map

FREE Wireless Internet

Tourists looking for urban escape in the tropical surroundings of Cairns book a stay at the comfortable and inviting accommodations of City Sheridan. Aside from planning a dive in the Great Barrier... More

Good city experience
Good location, but room a little small for three adults.
16 Jun 2015
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