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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 2 days ago

This is a fantastic community, free resource. It ia clean, safe with life guards and great fun. You should be really proud, Cairns!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Lisalace1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nothing special ...not missing out on anything. I didn't feel safe with my kids, left as soon as I could.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Manal1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is such a lovely safe and clean spot to take kids. If you’re worried about stingers in the ocean this is a good option. We took a picnic and had a great day although I did realise other than a sandwich bar selling healthy...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A must do if you have children. A must do to come and watch the sunrise too. They close the area on a Wednesday until 12pm for cleaning etc.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank LittleFamilyOnTour
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a fantastic venue for any age. Great swimming conditions, grass areas and beach sand areas. Shaded and non shaded areas depending what you like. Lifeguards present which is great. Take a picnic or grab some food from the local cafes.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank dorisj771
Reviewed 5 days ago

This pool is free, clean and supervised. Suitable for children to play, but also adults for more serious swimming. It has beautiful art as fountains and looks like a lagoon.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank 132annette
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We stopped off with my toddler son after going the aquarium and ended up spending a good couple of hours here. He enjoyed just picking up sans and moving it to other places mostly!! It was clean, refreshing, had a lifeguard and there was even...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank michibaby
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The lagoon is a huge pool with some water features and is free and open to the public. We didn’t actually swim but its right downtown with a view of the sea. The lagoon sits in a park setting so this would be a great...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank 848HarryS
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spot for swimming especially children. It has water fountains, sand, water, grass, shade , amenities, cafes. Excellent central location. Very busy on weekends. Fabulous in the mornings.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Jacquitoo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is certainly a must to visit when you go to Cairns. The pool is free to use and there are change rooms and toilets nearby. Very popular with back-packers, Amazingly there is a sandy bottom to the pool but the water is crystal clear....More

Date of experience: June 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.