Things to do at Cairns Esplanade

Cairns, QLD 4870

Cairns Esplanade is one of the most buzzing parts of this vibrant tropical city.

Cairns Esplanade

Whether it’s learning about the Great Barrier Reef’s incredible marine life at the Cairns Aquarium, going for a well-earned dip in the lagoon, testing your mettle at zip lining or watching one of Australia’s most gorgeous sunsets, you can easily spend a whole day on the Esplanade alone!

So, let’s check out some of the top attractions on the Cairns Esplanade, and why it’s a must see for anyone visiting this joyful town.

  • Learn about marine life at the Cairns Aquarium

    The Cairns Aquarium is made famous for its incredibly diverse marine life, with over 16,000 specimens and 10 ecosystems calling the aquarium home. Here, you can learn all about the wonderful variety of ecosystems that call tropical North Queensland home, including that of the rainforests that dot the land.

  • Go for a super refreshing dip

    Cairns can get pretty darn hot, after all, it’s tropical North Queensland, and no one ever accused of being chilly. So, what’s the best way to refresh one’s self after a day’s exploring this toasty town? By going for a dip in the Esplanade Lagoon, of course! This large, free pool complex allows you to enjoy saltwater swimming without the fear of saltwater crocs (not to mention the stingers!). After your swim, laze about on the open grass and enjoy time floating by in this lovely city.

  • See adorable animals & try your hand at ziplining

    The Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome is an interesting combo, a place where you can try ziplining and ropes courses before seeing some of Australia’s cutest animals. Try your hand at some super fun, high-gliding activities (including ziplining over crocodiles!) before getting up close and personal with Australia’s cutest tree critter – the koala!

  • Enjoy delicious food & fantastic markets

    The Cairns Night Markets and Rusty’s Markets are two amazing places, one for getting a delicious meal and the other for picking up top class produce. The Cairns Night Markets are renowned for their delicious food, including delightful Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese, while Rusty’s Markets is perfect for picking up quality local produce.

  • Finish the day with an idyllic sunset

    The Cairns Esplanade is a great way to spend a day in between Great Barrier Reef and rainforest visits, and make sure you top the day off by taking in the gorgeous sunset – it’s simply stunning.

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