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The Cairns Esplanade is a picturesque 2.5km stretch of foreshore in the heart of Cairns that is managed by Cairns Regional Council. The parklands, playgrounds, boardwalk, Lagoon and recreational facilities are all free entry. Come along and enjoy...more
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The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4044 3715
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Reviewed yesterday

It's just located right at the city. At low tide you just found heaps of shorebirds around, just 10-20 meters away. The pool next to the boardwalk seems very popular with local and tourists. A very good city design to integrate the nature with city.

Thank AlfredsBlog
Reviewed yesterday

Love the Cairns Esplanade. They are currently doing some improvements to the boardwalk which is great to see :) My partner and I always go here to play Pokemon Go!

Thank Rachel W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a lovely safe place to visit. There is a great choice of eateries and bars for al tastes and thirsts. Has a very euroean feel to it with alfresco eateries.

Thank MRT29
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The boardwalk is beautiful a lovely scenic relaxing walk. Excellent clean pool and lots of grass and shade. Could spend hours here relaxing. Lockers available to store bags etc. and a kiosk. Plenty of good restraints just across the road.

Thank Milan S
Reviewed 5 days ago

We spent a week in Cairns and went to the Esplanade a couple of times. It’s a lively place with a market on Sundays.

Thank Anita T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The popular spot in cairns with beautiful fountains including a pool and beautiful trees perfect for that evening stroll to work down your food after a good dinner at one of the many restaurants across the street

Thank VictoriaD2
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Highly recommended as a place to sit and read, meditate, exercise, history-walk, listening to buskers, viewing the harbour etc. etc. Beautiful surrounding even prettier in the evening after grabbing a bite at the night markets.

Thank Vinod T
Reviewed 6 days ago

I cannot walk very far but did enjoy the walk along the esplanade with a slight breeze blowing and plenty of shade if you need it

Thank jayvee72
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sunday 7th we arrive in Cairns, we cycled in the centre and were amazed by the Esplanade, lots to see and listen to, an amazing band!

Thank Jane H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovley walk although being a visitor I don't think there was enough signage about not swimming due to crocodiles, the lagoon is such a neat place

Thank Carolyn W
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10 April 2016|
Response from Stevenyzwife | Reviewed this property |
In Cairns, the good places can be Crystal Cascades, the beach/ bush areas from Cairns to Cape Tribulation. The windy road up to Koransa from Cairns can also provide some. Some of the places like Milla Milla falls and the... More
10 April 2016|
Response from Stevenyzwife | Reviewed this property |
Free look outs again are along the road from Cairns to Mareeba, Cape Tribulation etc. up the mountain from Smithfield to Kuranda has a few city look outs, and to the local dam. There should be a few down near Earlsville but... More
20 December 2015|
Response from EsplanadeLagoon | Property representative |
Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. The Esplanade is very close to the Hilton Hotel, just a nice short stroll along the boardwalk. The Esplanade is 2.5km long featuring both footpath and boardwalk areas.