Relax at Cairns Esplanade

Cairns Esplanade

This is a beautiful waterfront public space that offers everything needed for a fun picnic - barbecues, a free swimming pool, open grass, and a spectacular view of the Coral Sea.

Nestled between the city and the ocean is the Cairns Esplanade, a large public space including a grass park, many picnic benches and barbecues, the Lagoon (free outdoor swimming pool), walking paths, and restrooms. 

Cairns Esplanade offers a scenic view of the ocean and surrounding mountains. Bring a blanket, read a book, pack a picnic, watch the sunset with friends and family, do whatever you do to relax for the afternoon or evening. There are restaurants of all kinds surrounding the esplanade if you want to buy food or drinks once you arrive.

This is possible one of the most popular spots in Cairns, so plan on getting there early to grab a spot at one of the picnic tables.

Parking is available in a large lot south of the Lagoon.

Pack List

  • Bathing suit 
  • Towel 
  • Camera 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Food, drinks, snacks - everything needed for a picnic party!!
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Activities Chillin, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic

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Great Place To Relax, But Busy

The Cairns Esplanade is a great place to come and relax but it is quite busy through the night! We never got to use the bbq stations, but they were always packed. Since you can't swim in the water around Cairns because of the crocodiles/stingers, the Esplanade is a great trade with the pool they've created overlooking the water and surrounding mountains. I recommend giving it a visit since it's right in the heart of the city! The walkway is a great place for runs, as the boardwalk running through it heads north for several kms.


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