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Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

52 - 54 The Esplanade Cairns, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4044 3715
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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. 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.
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52 - 54 The Esplanade Cairns, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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We think the Lagoon is a fantastic place. Well developed, attractive, well looked after and an attraction for all ages. This is the 2nd time we have visited the lagoon over the past two years while holidaying in Cairns. And 2nd time around the area...More

Thank Strickes
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The lagoon is a great place to visit for the day or to wind down at the end of the day. Beautifully kept and the lagoon itself is surrounded by first aid, cafes and there is usually a busker or two and quite often market...More

Thank Amie B
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Reviewed 3 days ago

On Saturday morning 26/05/18 we visited the Lagoon area & a very popular area for all ages to enjoy the atmosphere & for those who enjoy a swim. Noticed a helicopter close by presuming its for short flights for visitors. Market area with some interesting...More

Thank Stephen N
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Swam in mid winter in an unheated pool. Gotta love Cairns right. Free spot in the centre of Cairns, well $3 for 4 hours parking, close enough to free

Thank DaveField
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great spot for a swim Awesome for the kids Safe shallow lagoon pool Well patrolled by lifeguards Very close to cafes and other waterfront attractions Fantastic walkway about 4-5 km along the seafront for the runners and lots of exersise equipment and public water fountains...More

Thank chrisgallivan1966
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very impressed by the lagoon pool areas with lots of grassed areas to relax around the pool, and great views

Thank Addie1960
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There should be one of these areas in all regional coastal cities. Five minutes maximum walk from one end of the the cbd. Not enormous but nice lawn areas, trees and palms, bit of sand area, two large pool areas - one for the adults...More

Thank Hart D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place! I wish my local council would produce something similar. I accidentally came across aqua Zumba and joined it... an overcast cold day ( 22 degrees Celsius) as described by locals. Markets, cool cafes and space to enjoy oneself.. if I moved to...More

Thank Dee N
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice view of the water at high tide, low tide it becomes a vast mud flat, which is interesting but not particularly pleasant to view. I wonder also about sandflies.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Don’t get mislead by the word Lagoon. It’s actually a Lagoon shaped swimming pool located near the Piers. If you have small children please do visit and have some great time. The place is easily accessible by public bus, car, cycle etc. Go out, dance...More

Thank Indradeep R
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730matthew
March 24, 2018|
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Response from Jeanette M | Reviewed this property |
Re: How deep is the Lagoon. It's about 1 cm at the side nearest the street & has little 'bubblers'; fun for toddlers and babies (who need to wear waterproof nappies). The deepest area is close to the Inlet; about 1.5... More
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Sonali B
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
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Sonali B
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.
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