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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

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

2 Rydges Tradewinds Hotel and Spa Cairns

4 stars
4.4 / 5 182 reviews

137 The Esplanade Map

Kids Stay FREE!

Holidaymakers and corporate travellers looking for comfortable accommodations and top-notch facilities in Cairns find suitable base at Rydges Tradewinds Hotel & Spa Cairns. While in this part of... More

Getaway
Hotel was very nice, the only real issues were the internet was below average, and the alarm clock screamed out at 4 AM. Might have been a good idea for cleaning staff to make sure alarm was...
4 Jun 2015

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

4 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

relaxing getaway
excellent location. close to everything but still quiet in the apartment. loved the fact that the pool was heated. staff were really helpful.
21 Sep 2014

5 Pacific Hotel Cairns

4 stars
4.1 / 5 31 reviews

cnr The Esplanade & Spence Street Map

Stay 3 Nights & Save 30%

Centrally located, Pacific International Hotel Cairns makes for a suitable base with elegant accommodations for travellers exploring the gateway city to the Great Barrier Reef. Aside from enjoying... More

Short Stay
Short stay only but it was very comfortable. Room was well presented ad look forward to staying there again.
13 Jun 2015

6 ibis Styles Cairns

4 stars
4.0 / 5 40 reviews

15 Florence Street Map

Rate includes Breakfast

Strategically set in the central business district and not far from go-to hubs in the area, ibis Styles Cairns (Previously All Seasons) makes for a convenient base for both corporate travellers and... More

Great Staff
Very helpful staff, good position, excellent buffet breakfast. The only gripe would be noisy aircon and noisy ceiling fan.
6 Jul 2015

7 The Hotel Cairns

4 stars
3.5 / 5 15 reviews

CNR FLORENCE & ABBOTT STREET Map

Stay & Save 27%

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

The Cairns Hotel
Open plan layout to a central courtyard, with a small enclosed swimming pool and jacuzzi. The restaurant was closed during our stay, but facilities were available for breakfast. A$20/A$15...
4 Dec 2014

8 Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

5 stars
4.7 / 5 26 reviews

35-41 Wharf Street Map

Rate Includes Breakfast and restaurant discount

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino is located in the heart of Tropical Cairns and is the perfect choice for fun, food and entertainment. The luxurious hotel boast one of Australia's finest casinos,... More

good wekend
Breakfast not up to expectations, otherwise good. centrally located, good if you like gambling (ie Casino)
19 May 2015

9 201 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

10 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

3 stars
4.0 / 5

121-123 The Esplanade Map

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

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