Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
4.5
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
Sunday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
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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  • SunshineGirl
    Canberra, Australia66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very enjoyable, worth visiting
    We really enjoyed the lagoon on the Cairns Esplanade. One side of the lagoon has sandy beaches and the other side has no sand which gives you good options. Plenty of grass and space to spread out and sunbake or read. We found the water ever so slightly cold, I would have preferred that it was heated somewhat during the winter months. Lots of people use this facility of all ages and it gave us a great alternative to our pathetic hotel pool. Even if you’re not swimming, it’s nice just to be part of the atmosphere of all the people relaxing and enjoying the sun and water. Would highly recommend it for families with any age children. My 20 something-year-olds were happy to chill out and swim as well. The only thing missing is a takeaway shop where you can buy hot chips.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Annenberg
    Auckland, New Zealand89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit at Night
    Great place to visit. Lovely pool to swim in; BBQ's for public use: sculpture; etc. This area is a great asset to Cairns - open air, beautiful canopy trees for shade and great place to visit at night. We felt safe at night and enjoyed the great family atmosphere. Close to lots of restaurants and night life.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Mark E
    Whitianga, New Zealand703 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sydney to Cairns 2023
    This is a very safe place to swim in Cairns. The beach and bay is not the safest for swimming. There are lifeguards on duty. Sand is lovely white and manicured each day. Big pool and lots for kids to do. Large area in park like location. Enjoy.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2024
  • Helen & Rob
    Adelaide, Australia64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Refreshing & Relaxing
    The water is cold this time of the year but a nice place to just chill out by and relax. Refreshing water, a kiosk there, shade and greens area to lazy around on. Maybe a few more benches would be good.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2024
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The Adventure Buddies
Manhattan Beach, CA761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • 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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Rachy D
Beerwah, Australia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • 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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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,870 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The Lagoon is a large open-air swimming centre located towards the southern end of the Esplanade (which is another fab resource for Cairns). Entry to the Lagoon is free and there are shallow and deeper areas of water to suit all ages. There are also areas of lawn for just sitting or lazing about. The Lagoon's water is clean and in Cairns's humidity it is a refreshing spot to cool down. Not surprisingly it is very popular - we found it a bit less crowded in the hours before lunch. Opportunities for diving or doing laps are very restricted! The change-rooms are also free and there are plenty of cafes nearby
Written September 30, 2022
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coolitz
Melbourne, Australia926 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • 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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Barby D
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
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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dilip m
Pune, India315 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
The Cairns Esplanade, in Tropical North Queensland, Australia, has been a focal point for locals and visitors in Cairns city since the region was founded in the late 1800s. A 2.5 kilometers stretch skirting the sea, it is a recreational area for people from all walks of life — backpackers, visitors looking for a beautiful view during an early evening dinner, couples having an early morning jog, teenagers & kids using the playgrounds.
The Esplanade features three playgrounds that encourage active play on the city's beautiful foreshore. Entry to all our playgrounds is free. There are many facilities to choose from along The Esplanade to suit your active lifestyle such as the Lagoon which is a public swimming pool, Beach Volleyball Courts and fitness stations (green gyms).
There are a range of BBQ facilities and picnic areas along the Cairns Esplanade for your next event or gathering.The BBQs are free for casual use and are open from 6am to 9pm daily. Toilets, showers, lockers and parking are conveniently located along the Cairns Esplanade to make your visit more enjoyable.
The Cairns Night Markets and Rusty’s Markets close by are two amazing places, one for getting a delicious meal and the other for picking up top class produce. The Cairns Night Markets are renowned for their delicious food, including delightful Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese, while Rusty’s Markets is perfect for picking up quality local produce.
Written December 17, 2022
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Jason R
Darwin, Australia158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Nice place to chill for a bit with the kids. Lifeguards on duty (some may be a little over zealous with the interpretation of the rules at times), cafes close by, and it is close to Muddys playground when you want to mix it up a bit. The lagoon is cleaned every week, so it is closed on Wednesday mornings.
Written December 27, 2022
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Bilyana A
Wuppertal, Germany66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
It is an open pool opened for everyone from early in the morning till late in the evening. There are also some pilates classes a couple days of the week right next to the pool, as well as some other sport.
In my opinion this is a totally highlight in Cairns and a must do attraction when in Cairns. It contains a shower area with toilets etc.
I suggest bringing a good mood and a high SPF Factor with you! Enjoy it!
Written February 5, 2020
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,095 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is a truly awesome open pool with no entrance fee.
The pool is located next to the (ugly) beach and can accommodate both kids and adults with enough ground for some sunbathing (although it can get crowded).
The place is worth a visit during the day and evening alike, as it is open until 9PM.
Nowadays, there's a nice Ferry wheel next to the lagoon.
Highly recommended!
Written January 10, 2020
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Margriet H
Darwin, Australia420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
The waterfront lagoon and adjacent shops are very welcoming to tourists. I liked seeing the different tides. Great for families with children or young people. Not far to go for burger, chips and ice cream. Ball games, family picnics, small cafe for coffee or paddle pops. Overall a credit to Cairns council.
Written February 15, 2020
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