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Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon

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Address: 52 - 54 The Esplanade Cairns, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4044 3715
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Wed 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Tue 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

Escape the summer heat at one of Cairns' best known landmarks, the...

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.While you are on the Cairns Esplanade why not check out the Cottage Industry Market, 8am - 4pm every Saturday, in the Plaza just next to the Lagoon. Why not enjoy the weekend's live music featuring local bands with the stage set up next to the Lagoon. The Cairns Esplanade also boasts Beach Volleyball Courts, Bouldering Park, Skate Park, BBQs, Active Living Fitness Classes, Muddy's Playground, Funship Playgrounds and so much more, all free for casual use. Come along and enjoy!

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Very chill, no salties!

Cool place to go and relax during the day without having to worry about salties or jellyfish! Where all the locals and tourists alike hangout.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cool place to go and relax during the day without having to worry about salties or jellyfish! Where all the locals and tourists alike hangout.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here for a day to chill and relax before we ventured on up coast to Port Douglas. It has everything you need and is a place for family and adults alike

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just fun to hang out, go for a dip, grab an ice cream. Grassed area with trees for shade. Life guards on duty. BBQ's available. Great for families.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The lack of beach in the city is slightly disheartening at first but this pool lagoon more than makes up for it, very clean and picturesque, highly reccomend visiting for a dip on hot days

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the most amazing place to take children. The design of this Lagoon is fabulous and everyone can have endless fun. Well done Cairns !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On a hot and sunny day lagoon is the best place to chillax and have a drink. Nothing fancy but offers a relaxing place

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A walk on the esplanade and a stop at the lagoon to relax and keep cool. Many kids and families, youngsters and tourists. It's worth a while , but if you want to swim, be careful: water shallow.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to wander around, go for a swim, have a BBQ or picnic in a good sized park area. Even lifeguards on duty even though the water isn't deep.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had no idea that this amazing family focused facility was here in Cairns. Whether you approach from the town centre or the Esplanade, this is beautiful sight from every angle and possibly the largest pool we have ever swam in. Perfectly designed with lots of varying depths to suit all swiming abilities there are also plenty of shaded areas... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely in love with the lagoon, the boardwalk and esplanade are the perfect place for a walk and to get food and drinks and desserts and then cool off with a dip in a safe place, absolutely love it

Thank Laura E

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