Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Escape the 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-6pm Thursday - Tuesday, Midday-6pm Wednesday all year round.
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peterwV975TL
Malaga, Spain907 contributions
Couples
On the far side of the lagoon towards the Cruise Terminal there are a bank of security lockers to store your valuables for a small fee. Not an area to leave your phone etc with your towel whilst you swim.

Nice large lagoon, shallow, clear water and very warm. The water was busy all day from early morning to late at night. Lots of areas of grass to sit and lay on. If you do not have a pool with your room then this us the place for you.

At night the mosquitos and other biting insects come out to play. We both were stung walking around the grass perimeter during the evening when walking around the lagoon. Before we saw some locals covering themselves with repellant.
Written March 12, 2020
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Dionysi K
Melbourne, Australia38 contributions
Couples
Our winter getaway from a Melbourne was awesome here in Cairns and we spent quite a few days, sitting by the lagoon and enjoying the sun and warmth. It is certainly the most iconic part of Cairns and is simply a beautiful place to sit and watch the world go by. The water is not deep, only about 1.5m at its deepest so it is more of a family place with little children to enjoy but there were certainly many adults enjoying this place also. The city of Cairns has done its best to provide a beach like experience in the city in the perfect location. One side of the lagoon has sand and the city employees are constantly maintaining it. You just lay down and feel like you are at the beach almost. You can't help but be drawn to this location and it is certainly lovely to just see this as you walk by every day on your walk which you can't help but want to do.
Written July 5, 2021
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treasures514
Australia152 contributions
Couples
The esplanade is a long boardwalk that offers a range of activities for people of all ages. especially with family friends. Among the things to do include walking, biking, barbecue, swimming, beach volleyball, fitness exercises (there are equipment along the way) or simply look at the artistic sculptures or pelican watch. It’s right opposite the restaurant row, too, so if you’re feeling peckish, you just need to cross the road. It’s well lit at night giving it a safe feel to it.
Written September 5, 2022
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coolitz
Melbourne, Australia916 contributions
Family
What a lovely and free area for the public to use! Wish all cities had this!
Not sure what it would have been like on a weekend. We went on a Monday, a week after school started all across the country. It only had a few people and wasn't crowded at all. Loved the fact that food options were just across the road too.
Written February 26, 2022
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Rachy D
Beerwah, Australia17 contributions
Family
Free fresh, clean and well looked after lagoon pool for use, what more could you ask for. They also have life guards on duty to keep it safe. Grass, sand and seated areas to sit. With a beautiful view over the water we enjoyed spending nearly half a day at this pool whilst holidaying in cairns. Highly recommend. Keep in mind if you drive you have to pay for close parking at $1.80/hr. There is a little kiosk for some food near but is slightly over priced.
Written April 15, 2021
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Barby D
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This is a place for young children with their families, to enjoy the sunshine and the Lagoon. Made my heart beat fast to stroll around the beautiful Lagoon, watch the out gone tide flats. I even saw a few musccles in the sand below the big sea wall. It’s so good that the city has a swimming spot in the centre of the city safe from stingy creatures and of course crocs. I saw many people who had come from hotels to this spot to cool off. Just across the road is a wide range of cafe, where I grabbed and bit to eat and enjoyed the shade from the trees. Lovely, well maintained lawns. I will come again when i, back In Cairns, as it is so lovely.
Written August 24, 2021
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Happy Traveller
Sydney, Australia5,240 contributions
Friends
Excellent “strolling” place. Wide esplanades.. vibrant shops on one side, beautiful wide green spaces on the other. With a large open pool area for all ages - marinas with great views. The place is just alive. The trees are all lit up at night and it’s stunning
Written June 5, 2022
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Gaynor
Lake Macquarie, Australia6 contributions
Couples
Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, is the place to go with kids, couples, elderly. Beautiful manicured gardens and surrounds, so peaceful, with BBQ facilities for free, you can spend a hour or several here. Plenty of cafes, restaurants all within 5mins, along with having a cafe near toilets and lockers. Be aware, lagoon is closed to swimming until 12pm on Wednesdays.
Written March 21, 2020
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The Adventure Buddies
Manhattan Beach, CA645 contributions
Family
We had the best time at the end of the day swimming watching the sunset relaxing in this free lagoon! We loved it! Then went to dinner nearby. Highly recommend. There’s a place to change and use the restroom.
Written January 4, 2020
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Ozzy-Kunnu
Melbourne, Australia2,967 contributions
Couples
When you can't take a dip in the sea that has seen crocodiles and some deadly species of Jelly fishes closer to shores, what do you do? You create one that looks like one.

This massive pool, is divided into many parts, catering to every age.

It opens way early and closes late in the night, and that's nothing less than impressive.
Written February 12, 2021
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  • Wed - Wed 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Tue 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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