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Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

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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...more
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52 - 54 The Esplanade Cairns, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4044 3715
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

One has to wonder why no one swims in the sea just to be told of crocs and murky water and while a bit nervous going even near the sea learned that a beautiful lagoon located near the park and in front of the city-that...More

Thank BoardingPass615310
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lovely clean water to swim in for free. You can sit on grass near the water and swim in shallow but cool water under sprinklers. Fun for kids as there’s sand running into the water. Great for this time of the year!

Thank Funbund
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Cairns Esplanade is simply stunning. It has watering holes and eating establishments aplenty across the road and plenty of grassy parks and trees, children's play area adjacent to a spectacular Lagoon. The iconic 'flying fish' sculpture in the middle of the lagoon backs onto...More

Thank 457angelikaf
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of my favorite lagoons that we have visited in recent times. Very much kid friendly with life guards on duty for everyone's safety. I might stand corrected but I think every Wednesday you can participate in group water aerobics and at the...More

Thank 119craigs
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The lagoon on the esplanade is a fantastic idea especially in these scorching temperatures. The whole area is divine allowing outdoor barbecues and some outdoor gym activities as well as a Saturday park run. Highly recommend cooling down your evenings with a walk or run...More

Thank Tleesn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very clean, ideally located on the Esplanade, with lots of food and amenities surrounding closely. Toilet was very clean and well stocked, so job well done Cairns Council. Would happily bring the family down for a dip, as it was better than the hotel pool.

Thank organisit
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a great place to cool down and relax great views of the beach and near to restaurants and bars. We had a lovely swim and enjoyed relaxing in the area afterwards

Thank johnwD6176HM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A Cairns must do. When we were in Cairns this week we experienced one of the hottest days in a long time and the Lagoon provided sweet relief from the elements. There is the right amount of shade for the sun conscience. It was also...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lagoon is a great place for all ages. Kids will enjoy swimming in the shallow protected waters of the lagoon and there are plenty of excellent places around it for picnics.

Thank samd233
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a beautiful place to relax, spent time in the water cooling down from the blazing sun & wonderful facilities such as bbq stations. Very clean & a favourite place to go since coming to Aus.

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24 March 2018|
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Response from LesleyandRolo | Reviewed this property |
There is a shallow area at one end which is suitable for children. The other end is deeper. A little bit further along the esplanade is a children's water play area with bubbling fountains and stuff. Not far from the lagoon... More
17 February 2018|
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Response from Jeanette M | Reviewed this property |
There're 2: Fitzroy: hiking, 'muck diving / snorkelling', occasional remarkable animals like snake eels & dugong ... ockies & shovel nose rays under the pier (the walkway to the dock; don't dive / snorkel under the dock; it... More
16 February 2018|
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Response from Mishmashoflife | Reviewed this property |
Crocs nipping in for a dip so unless you fancy meeting one be thankful it’s separate 😂 if you go further along there is no separation.