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“Awesome FREE attraction. Shame its not open at night!”

Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon
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Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

The lagoon is a fantastic facility for all ages. Sandy banks, shallow enough for kids but good for a swim too. Free electric bbq's surround it. Only complaint is it shuts in the very early evening. Im not a sun worshiper and would prefer to cool off after dinner but at that time it is just a big inviting and illegal option. You get arrested for swimming after 9-10pm?!?! Thought this was a tourist town? It has lights so i fail to see the problem.

Thank WT3791
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

What a fantastic Idea and such a well designed are for swimming. Its smack in the middle of things and yet its so chilled out and relaxing to swim in. People of all ages are catered for and there are life guards on duty to ensure your safe.

Thank Janelle W
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

The esplanade is awesome. It's a place for kids, adults and families to take a break from the Cairns humidity and to enjoy the best of north qld.

Thank Shannon R
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

The Lagoon is a must see if your visiting Cairns but its very busy and mostly a place for families with young children.

Thank Leah D
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Cairns has no beaches you have to go a little north so the lagoon is the only thing near the esplanade. Would be great for kids.

Thank Traveller19801989
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