Cairns Esplanade Dining Precinct

  • Type of work: New Road / Major Road Works
  • Suburb: Cairns city
  • Work period (anticipated): 01/06/2020 to 01/06/2021
  • Description: Major infrastructure improvement project for the Cairns Esplanade
  • Likely impacts: Noise; Dust; Property Access; Traffic Control
  • Location: Cairns Esplanade (Shields St to Aplin St) and Shields St (Esplanade to Abbott St)
  • Status: Open

Project update


Night works are required to complete a significant amount of electrical trenching in Shields St. To avoid significant disruption during normal working hours, these works will be carried out at night (8:00PM to 6:00AM) from Sunday 18 October to Friday 30 October.
Every effort will be made to reduce disruptions during this time and we thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Redevelopment of the Esplanade Dining Precinct has been fast-tracked to limit the disruption to traders and maximise the city’s appeal once tourists return.

The Esplanade between Shields St and Aplin St will be temporarily closed during works to provide adequate workspace for the construction crew and to accommodate pedestrian detours.

Working hours will be Mondays to Fridays from 7am to 6pm however week-end, early mornings and night works will also be required.

Weather permitting, the precinct construction is expected to be finished by early 2021. Works in Shields Street from the Esplanade to Abbott Street will continue to mid-2021.

The Esplanade Dining Precinct is a significant project that will enhance the city’s appeal and liveability. It includes improvements for the Esplanade, between Shields St and Aplin St, and for Shields Street, between Abbott Street and the Esplanade.

Refer to the Major Projects page for further information or email

Last updated: 15 January 2021