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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 near The Esplanade

107 hotels near The Esplanade

1 Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort

4 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews

57 - 89 Grafton Street Map

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

2 Mantra Trilogy Resort Cairns

4 stars
3.9 / 5 32 reviews

101-105 The Esplanade Map

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

3 Il Palazzo Boutique Apartment Hotel Cairns

4 stars
4.6 / 5 20 reviews

62 Abbott Street Map

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

4 Southern Cross Atrium Apartments Cairns

4 stars
4.0 / 5 17 reviews

3-11 Water Street Map

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

5 BreakFree Royal Harbour

4 stars
3.7 / 5 10 reviews

73-75 The Esplanade Map

BreakFree Royal Harbour welcomes discerning travellers to a modern apartment-style retreat showcasing panoramas of Trinity Bay and surrounding parklands. Tourists in Cairns can play slots and card... More

6 The Hotel Cairns

4 stars
3.6 / 5 12 reviews

CNR FLORENCE & ABBOTT STREET Map

Housed in modern plantation-style architecture with a relaxing tropical ambience and eco-friendly features, Hotel Cairns (The) makes for an ideal retreat for vacationers visiting northern... More

7 Reef Gateway Apartments

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

239 Lake Street Map

Reef Gateway Apartments Cairns, placed in a prime position on Cairns, has its own wonderful features of an apartment type accommodation close to the Esplanade and offers great opportunity for... More

8 Pullman Cairns International previously Sebel Cairns

5 stars
4.7 / 5 55 reviews

17 Abbott Street Map

Housed in colonial-style architecture with top-notch facilities, Pullman Cairns International previously Sebel Cairns creates a luxurious beachside retreat for travellers and vacationing couples in... More

9 181 The Esplanade

4 stars
3.7 / 5 3 reviews

181 The Esplanade Map

Featuring comfortable accommodations and scenic views of the Coral Sea, 181 The Esplanade Apartments Cairns makes for a suitable base for business and leisure travellers while in Cairns. This... More