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Marlin Marina

Enjoy views of the harbour and and unwind with al-fresco dining, entertainment and shopping beside the bay.

The Cairns Marlin Marina is where all your Great Barrier Reef adventures start, with tour boats coming and going throughout the day. Enjoy shopping, entertainment and dining along the waterfront promenade.

Unwind at the pier and enjoy the view of the many docked boats in the water. Dine alfresco at a restaurant or pick up some fresh seafood and sit on the dock looking out to the bay. 

Located below the Shangri-La hotel and overlooking the marina is The Pier Shopping Centre. Shop for designer goods, local brands and arts and crafts. See tropical fish and sharks at the Undersea World Aquarium. If you want to unwind, pamper yourself with beauty services at a day spa. Browse through the art galleries and specialty stores and dine in one of the bars, pubs, restaurants or cafés that line the promenade. 

From the marina you can parasail, Jet Ski, cruise around Trinity Inlet on a tube ride or tour around Admiralty Island and spot crocodiles. If you are heading to the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin Marina is where all excursions depart from. 

The marina caters for a wide range of boats, from private cruising vessels and super yachts to commercial charters. If you are coming by private boat, call ahead before your arrival to confirm your booking. Broadband wireless Internet connection, vehicle parking by your vessel and refueling seven days a week are included in the price of a space.

The marina is located in the centre of Cairns on the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula. It is a 10-minute drive from the Cairns International Airport and is in easy walking distance to the casino and the popular Cairns Esplanade. There is on-site parking for Marina patrons only, which is included in the price of a rental space. Alternatively, park in The Pier Shopping Centre car park, which is free for the first two hours.

Popular Activities at Cairns Marlin Marina

It's worth giving yourself lots of time at Cairns Marlin Marina. Here are the most popular activities:

Waited forever to experience this celebrated attraction? Then you can't leave without trying out a Dinner Cruise on Trinity Inlet.

Take a look at our Cairns Central Business District things to do page to learn about more activities while you're here.


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Best Lodging Options Near Cairns Marlin Marina

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Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina $111
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Cairns hotel is located on the boardwalk, steps from ZOO To You HQ Wildlife Discovery Centre, Reef Fleet Terminal, and Cairns Marlin Marina. Cairns Esplanade and Esplanade Lagoon are also within 10 minutes. Cairns Station is 17 minutes by foot.

    Pacific Hotel Cairns $89
    Pacific Hotel Cairns

    Pacific Hotel Cairns

    Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Night Markets, Cairns Marlin Marina, and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Convention Centre and Cairns Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. Cairns Station is 14 minutes by foot.

      Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort $129
      Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

      Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

      131-141 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Cairns, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Monica's Cathedral, Cairns Esplanade, and Cairns Night Markets. Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Esplanade Lagoon are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cairns Station is 20 minutes by foot.

        Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns $78
        Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

        Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

        209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North, QLD
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Cairns North, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Base Hospital and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Cairns Night Markets are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cairns Station is 22 minutes by foot.

          Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort $95
          Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

          Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

          122 Lake St, Cairns, QLD
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Cairns hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Aquarium, Cairns Esplanade, and Cairns Night Markets. Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Cairns Convention Centre are also within 15 minutes. Cairns Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Hilton Cairns $103
            Hilton Cairns

            Hilton Cairns

            34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns Convention Centre, and Esplanade Lagoon. Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Night Markets are also within 15 minutes. Cairns Station is 18 minutes by foot.

              Pullman Cairns International $113
              Pullman Cairns International

              Pullman Cairns International

              17 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome and Cairns Convention Centre. Reef Fleet Terminal and Cairns Night Markets are also within 10 minutes. Cairns Station is 15 minutes by foot.

                DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns $94
                DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

                DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

                121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns, QLD
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Center of Contemporary Arts and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Night Markets and Esplanade Lagoon are also within 10 minutes. Cairns Station is 17 minutes by foot.