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Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon

Cairns Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 4044 3715
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Ranked #4 of 35 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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Brisbane, Australia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The swimming lagoon at the Eastern end of the Esplanade is simply magnificent. There is something similar in Brisbane at Southbank, but the lagoon in Cairns is leaps and bounds better that Brisbane. The swimming pool is huge and patrolled by life guards, which makes it perfect for families and with sweeping views out to the ocean and nearby shade... More

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The kids loved building sand castles and playing in the lagoon. It was very clean and well maintained. I sat under a tree and read in the shade. Hard to convince them to leave.

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Great place to chill out. Large swimming pool overlooking the sea. Free bbq and washroom, toilet facilites. Great for kids.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The swimming lagoon is in an amazing location in Cairns, right along the waterfront. The pool is really large (and quiet during off season May-Oct). Its great that Cairns has such as a place as you really can't swim anywhere else in Cairns, unless you go up to the Tablelands and swim in the waterfalls. It's really easy to walk... More

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Mudgee, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The lagoon is beautiful, right in the middle of Cairns. Next to the beach, shops and in a great park with BBQ and playground facilities.

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victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great pool as it gets very hot & there is no swimming in the ocean due to stingers & the occasional Croc

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Warragul
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Nice pool, Watched over by life guards which is a good thing but I don't know about the locals in the park alongside. I think something could be done about them.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

There are not many places you can go for free of such high quality. My 2 children (aged 8 & 10) spent 3 fabulous afternoons exploring this lagoons. With shallow paddle pools, deeper pools where swimming is required and a fountain to explore as well as a pristine sandy beach to play on, there is something for all ages! The... More

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Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Love it when you're not out swimming in the Great Barrier reefs. Perfect place for a swim in the warm Cairns sun during the day and beautiful at night. There's a security patrolling the area at night which definitely made us feel safe when we are just chilling by the pool.

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Curitiba, PR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The place is very nice and many people go to swim or to rest on the grass, its a very nice place. There is bathroom with showeres, lockers. There is places to make picnic or barbecue.

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