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Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon

52 - 54 The Esplanade Cairns, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 4044 3715
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Escape the summer heat at one of Cairns' best known landmarks, the Esplanade Lagoon. Set on the Cairns foreshore overlooking Trinity Inlet, the 4800 sq metre saltwater swimming lagoon offers locals and tourists a year round safe swimming location. Saltwater is pumped from the inlet and filtered through a state of the art filtration and chlorination system, to meet Australian Standards. The kids can enjoy the sandy edges, build sand castles and play in shallow water. On the other side of the Lagoon, visitors can lounge on the timber decks in moderate shade. Shady trees, landscaped gardens and open spaces all contribute to the leisurely atmosphere on the Esplanade The Lagoon is open 6am - 9pm Thursday - Tuesday, Midday - 9pm Wednesday all year round.While you are on the Cairns Esplanade why not check out the Cottage Industry Market, 8am - 4pm every Saturday, in the Plaza just next to the Lagoon. Why not enjoy the weekend's live music featuring local bands with the stage set up next to the Lagoon. The Cairns Esplanade also boasts Beach Volleyball Courts, Bouldering Park, Skate Park, BBQs, Active Living Fitness Classes, Muddy's Playground, Funship Playgrounds and so much more, all free for casual use. Come along and enjoy!
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52 - 54 The Esplanade Cairns, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 4044 3715
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You can't beat it! Fun for all ages! We didn't stay here long but I swam around in the lagoon for a little bit then sun bathed. It was super fun

Thank M A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I don't think you could pay me enough to swim in that man made lagoon. With the amount of backpackers washing in there and the amount of bandaids and small rubbish floating in the water. It would be much safer swimming at the hotel or...More

Thank Kaine P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed half a day at the lagoon. It has been so beautifully designed and the adjoining facilities make it a convenient and relaxed day out with the kids. We were impressed with how clean and how well kept the lagoon was. It was...More

Thank Veztar
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Aaaaah you think we don't have a beach.. Aaaah you think there are salty crocs in the sea.. true but we do have a nice blue lagoon, free for everybody, crocs free and with lifeguards and a white beach.. Still missing something? 😎 Positive point:...More

Thank nickenhanneleen
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a great central gathering place for one and all. What a great sight to see everyone smiling and enjoying themselves

Thank Jenny3280
Reviewed 6 days ago

How lucky are the people and visitors of Cairns to have a place like this? A pool area that is clean, large and beautifully set out. The large sculptural fish add to the setting. It is busy but not manic. Around it are shaded areas...More

Thank jgfrankish
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic amenity in city heart. Great to paddle around in the sunshine in a fantastic family environment. well maintained, lots of fun times

Thank NHitch
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great spot for a swim. The pool and grassy parkland had many visitors the day we were here. Clean toilets and amenities as well.

Thank Fiona_Mick_plus3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed sunbathing by the lagoon and swimming in the lagoon during the day. It has a very safe feel and is accommodating for families, friends and couples. Would definitely recommend.

Thank McZoe96
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As long as I can remember, the Cairns esplanade was just a mud flat. The lagoon solves the problem by providing a safe, stinger free swimming venue in very pleasant surroundings. Our grandchildren are visiting next school holidays and I am sure they will love...More

Thank Mike H
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14 February 2017|
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Response from MTB1970 | Reviewed this property |
yes it is
27 January 2016|
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Response from John A |
No. This is not for serious swimming.
29 January 2015|
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Response from Derek E | Reviewed this property |
In June the beaches are safe as there's no stingers. Tobruk public pool is a few kms north of the lagoon. Crystal cascades is a lovely spot to swim but probably a bit cool on June.

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