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“Amusing and calming”

Esplanade Boardwalk
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US$61.40*
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Cairns City Morning Bike Tour
Ranked #12 of 131 things to do in Cairns
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful walk encompassing most of the east facing side of Cairns, with lots of interesting sculptures, picnic spots and the big fresh water pool to enjoy. In the late afternoon / early evening you can watch millions of mudcrabs coming out of water to eat and meet.

Thank Reza P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent re-development of the ocean front, the Cairns esplanade is well worth several strolls along. Well maintained and with lots of variety along its length, it provides grassland, parks, planting, buskers and dramatic views across to the harbour. A popular spot in the evening to stroll and watch the sun go down.

Thank Terry Q
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This esplanade is well maintained and is a really good walk. If you go to the end, it is 2.5 kms. You can even walk from the end to the Botanic Gardens for a real treat. They are a few more kilometres on but well worth the stroll. Situated right beside the ocean, they have trees and grassy sections as well as informative illustrated booths to tell the untold story of WW11. This area was bombed many times by the Japanese. I thoroughly recommend this walk and I enjoyed it so much, I walked it twice while I was away.

Thank Lyndy L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cairns Esplanade has been done up superbly! At the south end, the boardwalk often has big Pelicans posing for photos and feeding, as well as a swathe of other shore birds. You can take some magical photos here, and of the city too. The boardwalk and rest of the esplanade has plenty of amenities, grassy areas for sports and picnics and undercover areas and free BBQ's. The far northern end can get a little busy with midgies in the twilight hours.

Thank Brianrossy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Because of dredging in the past of the local river the shoreline in Cairns is not used for swimming so they built a large pool and a walkway abutting the ocean. Just beautiful, you can barbeque anywhere..

Thank Rippedoff11
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