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Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon

Cairns Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 4044 3715
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Ranked #3 of 34 attractions in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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! PLEASE NOTE that the biennial programmed maintenance closure of the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon and amenities building will take place from 9pm, 10 June 2014 and is scheduled to reopen at 6am, 28 June 2014 (weather dependent). Please be reminded that all other Cairns Esplanade facilities will be open during this time. « less
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

I loved the fact that despite the crowd you could just lay down by the pool and ignore everything, enjoy the sunny and warm weather and relax. It was also so close to our hotel which was handy.

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The triangle shaped man-made salt water lagoon on the esplanade opposite McDonalds is the focal point of Cairns. Its ankle deep at one end (for the little people) and at the wide end up to your chest deep. All around the lagoon on sunny days people sunbathe on the grass and timber decks. There is a little beach for the... More

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budgewoi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Great place to take the family young and old there was a beautiful backdrop and close to food outlets

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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

It's large, laid-back, clean and free with lots of grass to loung around on either in the sun or the shade. Lovely backpackers everywhere enjoying the sunshine. Nice.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Huge, artificial lagoon type swimming pool with great areas to relax, play and get a tan. The water was very clear and clean and the grounds well maintained. BBQ’s and ample sitting space add to the holiday atmosphere it creates. It is very easy to reach and directly at the Esplanade, overlooking the Coral Sea. It caters for all ages... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Nice views! You just need to walk on the esplanade, take your clothes off (swimsuit of course ;) ) and get in. great place to relax in.

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

If you have any spare time when in Cairns - this is a great location to come and relax. Highly recommended.

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

the esplanade lagoon is a great attraction for cairns situated as it is on trinity inlet and right in the centre of the city.The inlet is a mangrove lined waterway the habitat of salt water crocodiles and unsafe for swimming. The hotter months December to April coincides with the stinger season and the costal waterways are dangerous as the sting... More

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Take the kids down to the lagoon on Cairns Esplanade for a day of free fun. Great, safe swimming pool with free BBQ's spread around the place. Fun atmosphere even if you don't have kids, go for a wander around and enjoy the local sights.

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

A lovely place to spend the day or a few hours, lovely setting, fantastic back drop with the ocean, free barbeques, Fantastic place to cool down, by yourself or with friends or family, easy to access.

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