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The Esplanade

  • between Spence and Upward Sts. Map It
  • CBD
  • Promenade/Boardwalk
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 01/31/2014

Fodor's Review

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.

Sight Information


The Esplanade, between Spence and Upward Sts., Cairns, Queensland, 4870, Australia

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • 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

Updated 01/31/2014


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Oct 9, 2013

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.

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