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Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon

The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 4044 3715
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Ranked #4 of 36 Attractions in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Water Parks, Beaches, Amusement/ Theme Parks
Owner description: Escape the summer heat at one of Cairns' best known landmarks, the Esplanade Lagoon. Set on the Cairns foreshore overlooking Trinity Inlet, the 4800... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

this has to be the most iconic setting for Cairns. Right next to the marina. A haven for travellers and locals. Fantastic

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Cairns Esplanade Lagoon & Pool is a safe and lively place to go for a swim or just relax in the very heart of Cairns City. There are plenty of resturants directly opposite including the kids favourite Maccas and on Saturdays there are markets with lots of homemeade crafts. Its a don't miss. Especially if you like to sunbathe topless... More

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Cairns, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately full of students and backpackers with hangovers or trying to pick up. Be careful of the local indigenous folk who steal whatever they can as well. I may be worth a visit at least once but that's about it.

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Edison, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Nice area for a swim. My children liked this very much. Strongly recommended. The lifeguards are present always and very safe.

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This public pool is quite large and popular, and is right at the waterfront along one end of the Esplanade. It has several areas, and there are tables and areas you can get out of the pool and hang around. Great views of the lagoon, and it is near the boat docks for the sightseeing tours of the Reef.

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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Its a stunning Litle Piece of Australia! The Esplanade, is Right in the middle of Town. I have walk around there time and time again . I loved the shops and the Cafes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Was a regular place to call in and have a swim, watch the ocean and e entertained by the 100's of tourists that spnd their day sunbathing. Watch the showers in the changerooms...they stop after 3 minutes and don't turn back on for another 7 or so minutes...but it is all free :-)

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

There is certainly a need for these lagoons in towns where the beach is some way from the town. In Cairns' case, the tides and the mud do not entice swimmers to the sea.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best things ever done by the city for visitors. It's clean, plenty of room and is patrolled by a life guard.It is surrounded by lawns and gardens, across the road from lots of eateries

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I find it amazing that cairns have a free swimming pool, spent so many relaxing days next to it while staying here. Brings a great atmosphere to the place.

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