The Cairns Esplanade stretches 2.5 kilometres along the palm-lined foreshore, through parkland, giving picturesque views across the Coral Sea. The path is flat throughout with a surface alternating between asphalt and wooden boardwalk. Seats are provided at regular intervals.  Signage is provided at regular intervals explaining both history and the local fauna. Signs have been designed for wheelchair access and are easily read from a seated position. In addition to the coastal boardwalk, sealed paths are available through the foreshore park that provide shade.

The Promenade continues through to the pier precinct, but just prior to the lagoon there is a branch onto the Harbour Walk that follows the coast through to the Cairns Yacht Club, and pier dining precinct.