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“Worthwhile location for families” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon

Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon
The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 4044 3715
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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!
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Canberra, Australia
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“Worthwhile location for families”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a very well planned and safe location for all your family. Lots of visitors came down and sat on the grass or walked the Esplanade.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Fantastic area for kids and adults alike to enjoy the beautiful weather. there are lifeguards on duty also.

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“Beautiful but cold!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited cairns in July and even though the days were hot (27plus) the water in the lagoon was freezing. Despite it's lovely presentation we only attempted to swim there once. I expect that it would be a wonderful facility in summer when the beaches are off limits.

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“What a great addition to a coastal city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Spent the afternoon at the lagoon with the kids... 11' 9 ' 3 year olds... They loved it. It was safe, clean and enjoyable for all. Highly recommended it.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“Real highlight especially for kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I was initially skeptical about the Cairns lagoon, but have been converted on my last two visits.

Great place for kids to have a splash around and for adults to cool off.

Shallow water, large area for all abilities, life guards on duty make it feel pretty safe. A sandy beachy area is great for building sandcastles.

Overall a great place to spend a day with the kids

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