Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Hot Spot to See All Walks of Life

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Hot Spot to See All Walks of Life

Article excerpt

CAIRNS HOSPITALITY

Where to stay:

MERCURE CAIRNS HARBOURSIDE

209-217 The Esplanade, Cairns.

Phone 1800 079 131

www.mercure-harbourside.com.au

For more on Cairns Esplanade, visit www.cairnsesplanade.com

Where to shop:

RUSTY'S MARKETS

Between Grafton and Sheridan streets, Cairns (next to Gilligan's)

Opening times are: Friday 5am to 6pm, Saturday 6am to 3pm, and Sunday 6am to 2pm.

YOU hear them before you see them: the unmistakable rhythmic beat of sandshoes on pavement and then a slight pant as their wearers draw closer from behind.

The rollerbladers are more stealth-like as they glide along in silent, snakey manoeuvres. By the time you realise they're there, they've already overtaken you.

The whirr of pram wheels of a power-walking young mum mixes with the natter of friends on their daily pre-breakfast exercise.

The day hasn't yet reached 6.30 but you can tell it won't be long before the sun will have some bite and the glare on the shoreline ripples will soon become blinding.

Cairns and I have become well-acquainted over many years. But in all my touristy eagerness to uncover her outward beauty and charms, I had failed to pause and breathe in her simple pleasures.

But the Cairns Foreshore Promenade along the Esplanade on this glorious Saturday morning in spring was full of local residents and tourists doing just that.

The unofficial Far North Queensland capital has its act together in encouraging a healthy approach to life and creating a playground for young and old in its multi-million-dollar foreshore redevelopment.

The Esplanade was the first street to be surveyed in Cairns in October 1876 and originally was named Troughton Esplanade after the Travelling Superintendent of the Australian Steam Navigation Company, Captain Fred Troughton. It is now the hub of recreational pursuits and the ideal place for some shady down-time in its seemingly endless beachfront park.

I start my stroll from the quiet end of town outside the Mercure Cairns Harbourside Hotel near Charles Street. …

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