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Esplanade Boardwalk

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Address: The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4044 3715
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The Cairns Esplanade is a picturesque 2.5km stretch of foreshore in the...

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 this stunning facility.

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Chilled, friendly vibe

We used the boardwalk nearly every day as Cairns streets are pretty unpleasant to walk along outside of the very centre and our accomodation was about 20 minutes walk from there... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We used the boardwalk nearly every day as Cairns streets are pretty unpleasant to walk along outside of the very centre and our accomodation was about 20 minutes walk from there. This made it an activity in itself. Dusk was our favourite time as there would often be music, people gathering for barbecues, just stuff going on. The boardwalk is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice and big pool in the center. Good for kids. Lots of pokemons and bats found in the sunset there too.

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Kununurra, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Esplanade is what Far North Queensland is all about. There are eateries everywhere and shops and night markets nearby. While walking you get to see the pool area which is very popular with the tourists and locals of all ages. The walk along the shoreline is lovely but no beach to speak of. There are ferns and trees along... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did this most evening after dinner. A pleasant walk. It was great to watch all the fruit bats fly out at dusk amid the raucous squawking of the Rainbow Lorikeets. Best done at high tide as the views are a lot nicer.

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Thank TonyMNZ
Elmhurst, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to walk along the ocean and watch the boats go in and out of the harbour. Good place to exercise too

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Gold Coast, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great boardwalk ,,, although i need to have my stilettos re heeled . typically man made !!!!!!. lots of entertainment along the way plus applause for how we manourved the gaps ! LOvely waterway and marina well maintained . Very lively place for wedding photos ,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So vibrant on weekend evenings. You can just sit there and enjoy life passing you by, or go to one of the many bars and restaurants as well as the night market.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Esplanade, other than being the central tourist center of Cairns, is, overall, very bland. There is much more to see and do in Cairns - including the reef (of course), the rain forest and other natural wonders.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Gorgeous place to stay with something cool and trendy happening every day, lots of boutique restaurants and ice cream parlours, night markets and bars!

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Glenorchy, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

relaxing grassed areas, a must see pool and very helpful locals made for a very relaxing visit. the pool area was massive. we had a 12 seater hire bus and found adequate parking all around the area

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