Stroll the Esplanade
The Cairns Esplanade is perhaps the most frequented of the city’s attractions. Not only is it a go-to for active tourists and locals, it also holds historical significance: this is the spot where the first explorers dragged themselves ashore in the 1800s. With swampy mangroves on one side, cafés and restaurants on the other and a saltwater lagoon and family-friendly park area at its centre, this community space is a haven for birdlife and ideal for a stroll or family picnic. It’s best captured at dusk, which is also the busiest time.