Esplanade, Cairns

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The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia +61 7 4044 3715

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  • Beautiful Cairns Esplanade to play Bocce.
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    Walk Around the Cairns Esplanade

    by Usctwin Written Oct 2, 2014

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    The Cairns Esplanade is the city's main communal area. The Esplanade has walk and bike paths, public BBQ, restaurants, places to eat and the popular lagoon. Since the city has no beach, they decided to put in a huge public lagoon that is heated year round, and while we were visiting, always filled with relaxing and enjoying the sun.

    The city also provides free wi-fi in the Esplanade area so we noticed many people sitting outside, coffee in hand, on their computers. It seems like the city also provides entertainment or has festivals often in the area as there was always something to see or music to listen to. It's a great place to take a morning jog, or just walk-thru on your way to your destination for the day.

    The lagoon The beach, with a crocodile warning sign Public Areas

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    Fun free fitness on the Esplanade

    by tropicrd Updated Oct 28, 2010

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    The Cairns City Council have a new fun free fitness program that runs from September-December.

    Mondays --Active hearts & Boxinfun--
    Tuesdays--Yoga,Fitkids and Zumba
    Wednesdays--Bootcamp & Beach Volley
    Thursdays--Pilates,Learn to run & Aqua Aerobics
    Fridays--Bootcamp,Aqua Aerobics,Mums N bubs,Staedy steps & Zumba
    Saturday--Meditation,Boxinfun & Aqua Aerobics

    If you are on holidays or a local--this free program will keep you fit while you are having fun.
    The good thing about it is you meet the locals and also people from all around the world.

    And it is all Free.

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    Northern end of the 'Nard'

    by tropicrd Written Sep 15, 2011

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    Some visitors believe the Cairns Esplanade kind of ends at the Muddy's playground area where some backpackers hostels are situated. If you continue walking north towards the airport direction after Muddy's you will come across lots of fun activity stations.
    Skate board rinks,beach volley ball courts,exercise stations,water bubblers,picnic areas and shade trees.
    At the end you will see the mangroves and the new pirate ship playground that replaced the old wooden pirate ship.This is a popular area for families.
    Further on follow the path around to an oval that is used for walking dogs and if you look down you will see the blue shades of the Cairns International Tennis Courts.
    So if you like walking,jogging,any kind of exercise and relaxation away from the crowded area of the Esplanade then I recommend you check the northern end out...you will be surprised.
    All of this and a view overlooking Trinity Bay to the East Trinity slopes

    Mangroves on the 'Nard' Northern end The pirate ship playground Beach volleyball courts with a view. Skateboard rinks on the 'Nard' North end looking  toward the south end.
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    Climbing boulders on the Esplanade.

    by tropicrd Updated Sep 15, 2011

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    This is a new free attraction on the Esplanade,Cairns.
    These large boulders have been put up for people to enjoy another fitness and fun thing to do along the popular Cairns Esplanade.
    It is designed to suit all ages and fitness levels and is meant to be an introduction to rock climbing.You do not need to be harnessed or roped as it is a safe and fun activity,I tried it and believe me I got a thorough workout.
    Cairns has now got six free fitness stations along the Esplanade all with fantastic views of Trinity Bay.
    Don't forget to bring drinking water .

    Great fun and fitness Boulders fun Boulders with a view.Mudflats,Trinity Bay,& hills.
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    Exercise along the Esplanade

    by tropicrd Written May 28, 2009

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    The Cairns Esplanade "the Nard" runs along the forefront of Cairns beach called the mudflats,it is not really a swimming beach and lots of tourists get stuck in the mud and have to be pulled out. Along the boardwalk you can jog or walk with exercise stations strategically placed so you can do pushups etc.A cycle lane runs side by side with the walking track with klm signs marking the distance.These pathways have lots of trees to shade you from the harsh tropical sun .Keep going north and you will find tennis courts,volley ball courts and a skateboard rink.For the little children we have Muddies playground with water features ,jungle flying fox and other equipment.

    Pathway along the Nard The mudflats on the Nard Muddies playground on the Nard
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    Around Cairns

    by tropicrd Updated Sep 14, 2012

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    Hi, I am a Cairns local and there are many places you can unwind in our fair city.

    We don't have a beach but what we do have is a wonderful lagoon for swimming right on the Esplanade and lots of eating places right opposite. also Cairns has our famous mudflats which are tidal, lots of birdlife and a really nice boardwalk along the esplanade. Cairns Central shopping centre has many different shops and eating places and actually won a tourist award. The business centre has cafes and pubs and lots of restaurants reasonably priced and art galleries and museum. It is a flat walkable city with interesting shops and areas---if you want to have a nice lunch and feel safe I can recommend the restaurants at the Casino--the meals at Flinders bar and grille inside the casino all cost below $12.00 Australian. The crumbed calamari is fantastic also the fish & chips. The reef trips all leave from Trinity wharf within walking distance and of coarse we have two movie complexes to choose from if you want to catch a movie.You could also do a day trip to Port Douglas or Palm Cove.
    So Cairns itself along the esplanade is affectionally called "The Nard" has shade trees, seats or grassy areas that you can relax or even read a book.

    Hope this helps & have a restful time recuperating.

    Regards Dorrise

    A view of Cairns & Trinity Inlet. Cairns suburban sprawl. The Cairns Pier has lots of restaurants Beautiful Beaches,this is Palm Cove Fresh local produce & seafood
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    Mudflats of Cairns on a cloudy day.

    by tropicrd Written Oct 24, 2012

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    I love walking along the Esplanade of Cairns especially when the tide is out and the mudflats are exposed. The bird life and creatures that you normally would not see come out to either look for food or do what ever mud creatures do. You can hear the plop plop plop sound of the tiny mud fish and the bubbles that show you where they are.I love the mudflats on a cloudy or rainy day because it gives the area a different perspective.The mist over on the East Trinity ranges and the rain clouds are really nice.As we are heading into the wet season I make sure I come and see the mudflats before the heavy rains come.

    So if you are in Cairns and it is cloudy and you want to do something then don't stay indoors, head to the Esplanade when the tide is out, make sure you take an umbrella and a camera.

    Mudflats and Clouds over East Trinity ranges The tides out in Cairns. Look for the tiny mud creatures Not suitable for swimming Mudflats on the Northern end of the Esplanade
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    Take a dip in the Esplanade Lagoon!

    by xuessium Written May 13, 2006

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    Come here to be seen especially if you have washboard abs, a gorgeous tan and an even more brilliant personality! Throw out a gorgeous sun and everyone's here, eager to lap it all out. Crowded, noisy and boisterous, the ocean by comparison was largely ignored, but for good reason too, since the lagoon is actually filtered ocean water (to weed out the deadly jellies aside from other marine creatures) and not fresh water! (So don't expect warm water; the water can be cold!)

    Opened in 2003, the lagoon precinct spans 4 hectares, and is capable of accommodating 1000 swimmers at a time. It is open for FREE public use between 6am and 10pm daily. The area is totally alcohol and glass free, and dogs are prohibited. The depth of the pool ranges from 80 cm (32 inches) to 1.6m (5 feet), and disability access is provided at one end of the pool. There are seating benches underwater which are lit from underneath.

    A hit with the teens, backpackers crowd and kids! You'll find freshly sun-baked bodies roasting away on the grass (throw on some rosemary and sage and we could possibly have some good roasts), the occasional carefree top-less ladies and even families out for a picnic or BBQ. There are BBQ pits to the side of the pool, as well as shower/changing rooms. There are shallow ends for toddlers & young kids and the water spouts that blew out fresh supply of sea water are forever popular with kids.

    Lifeguards are on duty in the day till late, until the pool closes.

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    Cruise the Esplanade

    by ATXtraveler Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Cairns is a place that is hopping with activity during the early morning while everyone is boarding their boats out to the reef, and also around the evening time when the sound of doof-doof music is blaring. During the middle of the day however, this is a sleepy little oceanside community with people walking through the park or sitting and reading a book.

    Take a walk down the main strip, which is called the Esplanade. From here there are several little cafes, as well as plenty of tourist information kiosks to keep you fed and informed of what to do.

    If you are here at night, there is even a little night market that reminded me alot of Singapore for you to grab a little piece of food or drink.

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    Bocce courts on the Esplanade

    by tropicrd Written Oct 1, 2012

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    Cairns Council has recently put in two Bocce courts on the Northern end of Cairns Esplanade and they are very popular especially with our Italian community.

    I watched it for awhile but still not sure about the rules ( a bit like lawn bowls) but the group of players were very serious as they played the game.

    The courts are under huge shade trees and plenty of parking for those who wish to play Bocce.

    I believe you would need to bring your own Bocce balls as I could not see any provision for storage.

    Anyway if you play Bocce and are looking for a court,then Cairns Esplanade is a wonderful place to have a game or two.

    Popular Bocce. New Bocce courts under the trees. Beautiful Cairns Esplanade to play Bocce.
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    Family Fun with the kids.

    by tropicrd Updated Oct 4, 2011

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    Family holidays can be so much fun as long as the children have activities to suit their age and things to do and share with their family.
    Cairns and surrounds have lots of fun stuff for the 'little kids' and the 'big kids' at heart.
    The Cairns Esplanade has the man made swimming Lagoon,bbq and picnic areas that are very popular with families.The bike lane is shady and safe for children to ride their bikes.
    Further along the Esplanade(heading north) you will see Muddy's playground which has water features and all kinds of fun equipment,including a flying fox that the children love.
    There are undercover bbq's and tables to have a picnic.Lots of families hold birthday party's here so the children can have a wonderful time at Muddy's.Children love to climb so the new rock/boulder park situated near the skate board rink is proving to be 'the best' place to hang out, most adults love it too.
    Further north you will see the Pirate Ship playground and children adore playing on it.
    Most suburbs and beaches around Cairns have playgrounds in the parks and nearly all are shaded to protect the children from the harsh tropical climate.
    You pay for parking south from Florence Street/Esplanade.Free parking north except the hospital car park near the helipad.You can find out all the latest family activities via the local magazine called PakMag.
    So when you are in Cairns and the children get a bit restless then don't panic head for the nearest park or beach.The best thing of all -- these activities are FREE.

    The Pirate Ship,northern end of Cairns Esplanade Playground at suburban Manoora Freshwater Creek Park Undercover BBQ and Picnic areas at the beaches. Climb the boulders.
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    Esplanade

    by bijo69 Written May 1, 2007

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    The esplanade in Cairns stretches along the swampy waterfront from the cruise terminal to North Cairns. It's the perfect place to go for a stroll or just to hang around people watching. You'll find BBQ facilities, childrens playgrounds, eateries and lots of other things there.

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    The Esplanade.

    by colin_bramso Updated Jan 27, 2004

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    This should be your first stop in Cairns. It's the main street, called The Esplanade. Between the city and the water, it's a pleasant place to stroll, to sit, to picnic, to eat, to shop.
    Many of the tour companies are based here, there's backpacker accommodation (hotels are just off The Esplanade), cafes, take-away food, restaurants, souvenir shops...

    Cairns Esplanade.

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  • ESPLANADE SWIMMING POOL AND BOARDWALK

    by Anne12 Written Feb 3, 2008

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    The Cairns City Council have got something right! This area is now looking really great and is very user friendly.
    The swimming pool is huge, it has many different depths and is a fun place for young and old.
    There is a life guard on duty, so this also makes it a safe place to be.
    There are changing rooms, lockers for your gear and a well stocked cafe' for any eats you feel like. There is also a Police Beat area here.
    It has security camers as well.

    From here you have a view of the ocean, views of the Esplanade and Boardwalk, plus some great garden/lawn areas to lay around on.
    This is where you can swim all year round!

    At the moment it is closed Wednesdays for cleaning.

    Hours Open are early morning to late at night.

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    Walk at the Esplanade

    by a5floor Updated Mar 18, 2007

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    The walk at the Esplanade is 2.4 kilometers long. It is along the coast line of the city. It is an interesting walk. You will have views over the ocean and see the mountains that is surrounding Cairns.

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