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The Esplanade

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Fronting Cairns Harbour, this boardwalk is the focal point of life in Cairns. Along the walk you'll encounter shady trees and public art, picnic and barbecue facilities, a large saltwater swimming lagoon, volleyball courts, an imaginative kids' playground, state-of-the-art skate plaza, and areas for fitness, markets, and live entertainment. A shallow, 4,800-square-meter (51,667-square-foot) saltwater lagoon swimming pool with a sandy shore, decking, and shelters, patrolled by lifeguards year-round, provides free, convenient relief from the often sticky air. Along the street opposite, you'll find shops, galleries, and eateries.

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  • Address: The Esplanade, between Spence and Upward Sts., CBD, Cairns, QLD 4870 | Map It
  • Phone: 07/4044–3715
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Pool: Daily 6 am–9 pm, closed Wed. 6 am–noon; Muddy's playground: daily 9 am–7 pm; volleyball courts: daily 9 am–9:30 pm, closed Wed. until 4; Esplanade Market: Sat. 8–4
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  • Location: Cairns
Updated: 01-31-2014

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    A fun place in Cairns

    Its a fun date spot with lots to do without spending lots of money. I enjoy the evenings here when the lights hit the harbour. If you bring a date here, be sure to arrive in time to watch the sunset. Its not something to miss.

    by MarkBrewer, 10/9/13

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