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Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

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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...more
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52 - 54 The Esplanade Cairns, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4044 3715
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The beach at Cairns is not somewhere you would swim - the warning signs about crocodiles are somewhat of a deterrent! The Lagoon on the esplanade allows you to swim & sunbathe in safety & with a sea view!! A win win situation.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank AlisonW540
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I had lived in Cairns 40 years ago when the Esplanade-was a mangrove. It’s now a beautiful safe place to swim . Free and impressively clean and warm. Worth a visit .

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GailM1468
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lovely lagoon to swim in, as you can’t swim in the sea in Cairns. They do free aqua aerobic classes here too.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BLK09
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wow, talk about Cairns providing a gorgeous and safe place for residents and tourists to swim in. This is the best public pool place that I have ever seen!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Sue M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was just what we needed to offset the heat and humidity of Cairns. An good sized infinity pool overlooking the bay it shallows to just a few centimetres at the inland end and is perfect just to stroll thro in bare feet. It wasn’t...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank John W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Given the number of salt water crocodiles in the area it is best to use the lagoon. Very clean with lots of space and it is near to the shops for supplies.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had booked a trip to cairns long before we knew about the lagoon, but as we spoke to more and more people who saw us with a little one l, they said how perfect it is and how much we’d enjoy it. And that...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 856missyk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lagoon is just that, looks like a nice beach, sand and all, but shallow. Lots of folks bring their kids, 20 somethings sit in the shade and chill. Us old folks, well, we wander thru, hoping to find a shady spot, usually just cooling...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Easy walking distance from the cruise ship terminal. Lifeguards on duty and clean. Different depths and a fountain. A great place to cool off in the hot, tropical North of Queensland. There's plenty of shade and dining options close by.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank calesmom2005
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good reasonably priced hotel. I had an accident at port Douglas and needed treatment at cairns hospital. This hotel next door and good for family to stay for hospital. Room quite big so enabled crutches. Staff ok but didn’t seem to be enough people...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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March 24, 2018|
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Response from LesleyandRolo | Reviewed this property |
There is a shallow area at one end which is suitable for children. The other end is deeper. A little bit further along the esplanade is a children's water play area with bubbling fountains and stuff. Not far from the lagoon... More
February 17, 2018|
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Response from Jeanette M | Reviewed this property |
There're 2: Fitzroy: hiking, 'muck diving / snorkelling', occasional remarkable animals like snake eels & dugong ... ockies & shovel nose rays under the pier (the walkway to the dock; don't dive / snorkel under the dock; it... More
February 16, 2018|
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Response from Mishmashoflife | Reviewed this property |
Crocs nipping in for a dip so unless you fancy meeting one be thankful it’s separate 😂 if you go further along there is no separation.