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“Great Family Friendly Place to Cool Off”

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!
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Great spot to sit relax, cool off and watch the world go by. We live in Cairns and regularly go to the Esplanade. Its very relaxing.

Thank Chris B
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Great place to just hang out, relax and catch the sun with the lagoon right there you can always cool down. It over looks the ocean so you can always see the tide coming in or going out.

Thank Ashley G
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

A very well set out FREE waterpark with sunbathing areas and free barbecue equiptment. Just turn up with your towel and sunscreen. Even has lifegaurds on duty

Thank billy a
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

In the UK you wouldn't get a facility like this for free, nor would it be open sided with views, (here it would be fenced off) ...so this was a big plus for us. Only in Cairns for two nights - didn't bother with our hotel pool, walked along to the Lagoon for a swim both nights instead. And from here it's a two minute walk to the food court to get take-away to eat on the picnic tables under the trees on the esplanade.

Lifeguards on duty. Swim or sit and relax, watch the world go by, even catch a seaplane land across the bay if you're lucky. Plenty of space. Warm.

Our hotel had a special towel service if you wanted to go to the lagoon - free too!

Only downside is there is no check on what people wear - some people seemed to be swimming in the clothes they'd had on all day or in ordinary underpants. Just don't dwell on the thought!

Thank Val L
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

It was amazing, such a beautiful lagoon in the city centre and it was free. A great pool for cooling off and very safe for the family.

Thank Petal96
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