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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$65

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$89

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
From US$105

3 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

From US$102

4 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
From US$82

5 Park Regis City Quays

4 stars
3.8 / 5 21 reviews

6 Lake Street Map

Stay 3 Nights & Save 30%

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

Very basic accommodation
I paid for the upgraded room and all I found was a very basic room... Didn't venture up to the pool as heard that I shouldn't bother. Next time I'd save my money and just book the basic room.
9 Jun 2015
From US$55

6 Comfort Inn Discovery Cairns

3 stars
4.1 / 5 20 reviews

183-185 Lake Street Map

Book 21 Days In Advance & Save 10%

Comfort Inn Discovery Cairns welcomes travellers to resort-style accommodations featuring classical North Queensland balconies and lush tropical surrounds set close to North Queensland recreation... More

Great Mother,Daughter Holiday
Great clean room,Comfortable beds,fan sometimes squeaked though.Thats the only problem.Fantastic Staff,very informative.Overall a neat place to stay :)
15 Sep 2014
From US$140

7 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

Superb hotel
This was our second stay at the Shangri-La in Cairns and we found it just as enjoyable as the first time. Staff are genuinely friendly. One minor complaint though (which I'm sure wouldn't even...
17 Jan 2015
From US$140

8 201 Lake Street Cairns

4 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews

201 Lake Street Map

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$101

9 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
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