Discover Cairns City

Cairns Lagoon & Esplanade

The Cairns Lagoon and Esplanade is a world-class facility incorporating an outdoor amphitheatre, a large sandy swimming lagoon, grassy picnic areas, walking tracks, public barbecues, children’s playground, shops and restaurants, an environmental interpretation centre and a Great Barrier Reef Cruise departure terminal. 

The swimming lagoon is capable of accommodating a 1000 swimmers at a time, and is open for free public use between 6.00am - 10.00pm daily


Cairns Central is the largest shopping centre in Far North Queensland and has been services the local region since 1997. It is located in the city centre and has over 180 specialty stores.

Smithfield Centre is a sub-regional shopping centre situated just 15km north of Cairns International Airport, located on the Captain Cook Highway. It has over 100 specialty retailers.

Stockland Cairns is in south Cairns and is home to a unique Australian icon The Big Marlin. The centre has over 125 specialty retailers

Night Markets located in the city centre comes alive from 5.00pm with a unique shopping and dining experience that is a must see for everyone, There are over 70 outlets and stores.

The Pier is located at the Marina in the city and boasts premier waterfront location, marina access, underground parking, not to mention stunning views.

Night Markets

The World Famous Cairns Night Markets & Food Court, there is something for everyone. Licensed restaurant's for a cold beer or a glass of wine with your dinner from the menu food court choices. They have a good choice of Chinese massages operating from 12 noon every day to make the aches and pains of all the Night Time Shopping just disappear.

Open every day of the year from 5pm in the Night Markets or 10am in the Food Court till late.

Address: 71-75 The Esplanade (opposite the lagoon)

The Tanks Art Centre

Situated in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, just 4km north of the city’s CBD, the centre is an iconic and innovative multi-use, contemporary arts facility housed in three converted World War 2 naval oil storage tanks, and set amidst a lush rainforest backdrop.

Tanks combines two main functions, that of a ‘presenter’ organisation offering a range of arts and cultural events and activities to a wide audience, and a community cultural development organisation which aims to proactively engage local communities in cultural expression and participation.

Visit the whats on page for more information.

Cairns Botanical Gardens

Only five kilometers from the city, the Cairns Botanical Gardens are a tropical oasis. Over 38 hectares of native Australian gardens are maintained to lush standards, and many plants found here cannot be seen elsewhere. 

Admission to the gardens is free. However, collection boxes are place around the gardens for people to make donations and help the park exist into the future.