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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

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From US$15

1 Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort

4 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews

57 - 89 Grafton Street Map

Vacationers seeking to explore this Queensland city with ease find an ideal starting point at Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort featuring well-furnished spaces set close to transport station and... 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$82

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$132

3 Shangri-La Hotel The Marina, Cairns.

5 stars
4.5 / 5 73 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

The wifi kept dropping in and out and strength was weak. Room and location was great but pool was freezing despite it being 30 degrees outside.
18 Oct 2015
From US$113

4 201 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$92

5 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

3 stars
4.0 / 5

121-123 The Esplanade Map

End of Year Sale Breakfast!

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns welcomes travellers to contemporary accommodations in a downtown location in Cairns. Apart from attending conventions and events at Cairns Convention Centre,... More

From US$72

6 Southern Cross Atrium Apartments Cairns

4 stars
4.0 / 5 24 reviews

3-11 Water Street Map

Stay 5 Nights & Save 10%

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$79


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$75

8 BreakFree Royal Harbour

4 stars
3.7 / 5 12 reviews

73-75 The Esplanade Map

Stay 3 Nights & Save 5%

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

central to all , great service
had room 603 and was exactly as described on the internet rooms are slightly dated but with a fantastic layout and perfect for couples . Had magnificent views of the ocean lagoon and hinterland...
17 Nov 2015
From US$85

9 Mantra Trilogy Resort Cairns

4 stars
3.9 / 5 35 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

Great value
Very comfortable and convenient. Enjoyed the fact it had a balcony- it appears all rooms do so you could sit out and enjoy the ocean view plus the expansive pool area. No bar or restaurant...
13 Oct 2015
From US$95

10 Il Palazzo Boutique Apartment Hotel Cairns

4 stars
4.5 / 5 22 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
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