We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4044 3715
Website
Today
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Wed 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Tue 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Description: Escape the summer heat at one of Cairns' best known landmarks, the...
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!
read more
Book ahead on Viator
Top Rated
More Info
$27*
and up
Cairns Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,783 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1167
    Excellent
  • 507
    Very good
  • 87
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
What an excellent community attraction

The esplanade lagoon was a wonderful way to hang around close to the Cairns town centre and enjoy the sunshine and the views over the bay area. Loved the cleanliness of the pool... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
B00yah2013
,
Melbourne, Australia

Similar Things to Do in Cairns

Add Photo Write a Review

1,783 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The esplanade lagoon was a wonderful way to hang around close to the Cairns town centre and enjoy the sunshine and the views over the bay area. Loved the cleanliness of the pool, the attention from the lifesavers and the amenity of it all. A wonderful initiative from the town for locals and visitors alike.

Was this review helpful? Yes
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Just jump in! Also, a great place to meet very friendly Australians and get awesome views of the Coral Sea and the lovely restaurants / shops at The Esplanade

Was this review helpful? Yes
Armidale, Australia
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is a great place for everyone. Families and children particularly enjoy the opportunity to swim and play in such a wonderful environment. We were fortunate to stay in accommodation close to the lagoon and the grandchildren really made great use of the pool, as well as the play areas along the esplanade. The man-made lagoon has good signage and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Central Coast
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The Swimming Lagoon is just perfect for families (extensive shallow area) or for others without kids. There is a reasonable depth for swimming, plenty of shade, and neraby food outlets, change rooms, etc. Best of all it is FREE!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Lauderdale
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Great for families, our daughter loved this! Easy to walk to from many hotels and restaurants, bars.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cairns, Australia
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Beautiful location, with many free amenities. Take your picnic, or book a BBQ to ensure your own space. Or just enjoy the walk along the esplanade from the Pool, there are many informative information booths along the way.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Perhaps only in Cairns! Beautiful lagoon smack bang in the central business district. I visited on a Sunday morning and had the luxury to swim in the pool all to myself, no crowds at all! It is also a beautiful scenic view at night and definitely take a stroll either before/after hitting the night markets just across the road.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Love having access to a pool right on The Esplanade & close to the shops etc. Fresh water, aqua aerobics classes, kids playing in the sand along the edges. Great views!

Was this review helpful? Yes
cochin
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

You take out the cafés, bistros, grills, brasseries, pizzerias…, all with licensed bar, and then, what do you leave back in Cairns? Nothing! Well, a bit of an exaggeration. But the rows upon rows of eating joints in the tourist-oriented streets in the eastern, seashore-hugging area of the city give a hazy impression that eating is the most important activity... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

this is a true place to mingle with people from all around the world a very happy vibrant place to stay

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon also viewed

 
Cairns, Cairns Region
Cairns, Cairns Region
 

Been to Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon

Address: Address: The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4044 3715
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Picton, New Zealand

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?