About Cairns

Main attractions of Far North Queensland

Great Barrier Reef

Use 181 The Esplanade in Cairns as your base for a trip to one of the most beautiful places on earth, The Great Barrier Reef!

Try your hand at scuba diving, snorkeling or just enjoy a relaxing boat trip to the reefs. 181 The Esplanade will help your book your trip and we recommend you do not book your reef visit until landing in Cairns as weather can vary.

Daintree Rainforest

Just north of Cairns is a spectacular rainforest adventure. Take a trip up the Daintree river, or a boardwalk adventure to marvel in the beauty of the Daintree rainforest.

We at 181 The Esplanade are more then happy to help you sort out your trip up to the Daintree.


Cairns is the cosmopolitan gateway to the abundant attractions that Far North Queensland has to offer — the world’s most famous reef, World Heritage listed rainforests and the lush Cairns highlands.

Cairns city is one of Australia’s largest regional centres and its levels of service and safety is of an international standard.

There is just so much to do that you’ll have a hard time fitting it all in! But we’re here to help – 181 The Esplanade has a comprehensive Tour Desk and the staff can advise and book tours for you free of charge.

We strongly recommend that you do not book tours before your holiday

As the weather can very much affect your enjoyment of your chosen activity, particularly visiting the amazing Great Barrier Reef.

There is also plenty to do in Cairns!

From shopping, to fine dining, to trying your luck at the Casino…

You can take a stroll alongside Trinity Bay on the walkways of the Esplanade, finishing up with a cool swim in the modern Esplanade lagoon.

For a really unique experience, take the historic scenic train or Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda, known locally as the “Village in the Rainforest,” where there are many market stalls and shops with local arts and handicrafts.

There are also a number of wildlife parks in and around Cairns (including Kuranda) so you can get up close to local animals, birds and plants.

Your holiday in Cairns with 181 The Esplanade will prove to be most memorable.