Rydges Esplanade Resort

Overlooking the Coral Sea in Cairns, this is a family resort with lots of in-house facilities, well-appointed rooms (some self-contained) including two rooms on the second floor with access and bathroom facilities for guests with disabilities. The access toilet for the restaurant, reception and function areas is on the first floor with lift access.

The CHB Restaurant & Bar is on the ground floor and has a terrific Fire & Ice dinner option (mix of a la carte/buffet). There are three swimming pools, one children’s pool, two tennis courts, health & fitness centre, spa, sauna, massages. There is an on-site convenience store and hair salon.

Manager Shannon Craig and her friendly staff will make you welcome. Just email for more details.


There are plenty of leisure options including:

  • Restaurant & Bar
  • Three swimming pools including swim up bar
  • Children’s pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Health and Fitness Centre
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Aerobics classes
  • Activities for littlies
  • Convenience Store
  • Hair Salon
  • Gift Shop

There is High Speed Internet in rooms and Wi-Fi in communal areas


All rooms have these features:

  • Private balconies
  • In house movies (hotel only, fee applies)
  • Austar (hotel only)
  • 24hr room service (hotel only)
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fans
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Mini bar (hotel only)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • Broadband (hotel only, fee applies

Internet Access

There is Wifi in all public areas and restaurants with high speed broadband in all rooms (charge applies). Rydges Priority Rewards guests receive 50% off capped in room rate and there are pay as you go work stations in the business centre


The CHB Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an all-day snack menu. The Fire & Ice dinner menu operates seven nights a week and mixes a la carte and buffet dining. This one’s popular with Cairns locals who seem to get more than the price of the meal value from the first course seafood buffet (prawns, oysters, crab etc). There is also a hot buffet and a chef on hand to whip up the ‘fire’ option. When I visited I had superb prawns and scallops. The wait staff is friendly and attentive.


The Rydges Esplanade wedding package which is a simple, inexpensive foundation and the wedding coordinator consults with the bride and groom for the best ‘theatre’. They have a variety of options for the reception depending on the number of guests and style of wedding. Email us for a PDF file containing menus, beverage packages, reception prices etc.

The cost for the wedding venue hire is $475 and included in the ceremony set up is:

  • Red Carpet
  • Seating for up to fifty people
  • Microphone, if required
  • Clothed and skirted registration table
  • CD player
  • Iced water station

Here is a link to two recent weddings at Rydges Esplanade Resort photographed by Matthew Evans –



For more information and prices, just email with proposed dates and any queries or use this form – Rydges Esplanade Resort