Cairns Harbour has calm blue waters that glisten in the sunlight.

Cairns Harbour is a beautiful spot to spend a day walking around, grabbing a bite to eat, and watching the beautiful blue waters. You can find somewhere by the harbour to enjoy a meal or go out on the water on a cruise and see the city sights.

Swim in the Esplanade Lagoon

The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon is a large swimming pool that is open all year round. You can spend the day swimming or picking the perfect spot and relaxing by the lagoon.

You can also walk around Cairns Esplanade and see the memorials and public art around the area, have a BBQ, or take the kids to one of the playgrounds. There are also free fitness activities that take place during the week suiting all fitness levels.

Have a shopping trip

By the harbour, there is a strip of shops from souvenir shops, boutique stores, and even shopping centres. Cairns Night Markets is by the harbour and offers late night shopping and a food court. There is a collection of different market stalls that come through here, so there is always something new to see.

Take a cruise

There are different cruises you can take along Cairns Harbour to see the beautiful city. Whether you go during the day and see the stunning sights of Cairns or in the evening and watch the sunset as the city lights come to life.

Check out the Great Barrier Reef

Take a tour of the Great Barrier Reef and spend the day seeing this beautiful side of the world. You can go snorkelling, scuba diving, helmet diving, or even going on the glass bottom boat. On the tours, you will learn how to snorkel or dive and equipment will be provided.


There are all kinds of restaurants, bars, and cafes by the harbour where you can enjoy a delicious meal, great coffee, or a fruity cocktail.

You can find cuisines from Italian to Vietnamese, Greek and much more, suiting everyone’s taste. For fresh seafood, go to Prawn Star, Salt House, and Splash Seafood Restaurant.

Cairns Harbour Map