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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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All reviews on duty life guards cool off great pool change rooms all ages free swimming pool great for kids whole family fish lifeguards esplanade bbq lockers picnic council backpackers
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stopped in for an ice cream and a quick swim after cycling around Cairns City. Such a lovely day a great spot to cool off.

Thank BlakDotme
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the boardwalk and all it had to offer, including the swimming pool which was fantastic enjoyed by kids and adults it was really clean.The kids play ground and splash park were also a fabulous place to entertain young children and all for free.The...More

Thank Collette G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely loved this idea. It is clean, big and safe with life guards on duty till late. Choice of sitting/lying on the sand that goes into the beginning of the pool/lagoon or amble room on the grass area. Bbq areas right there also so great...More

Thank dfly66
Reviewed 1 week ago

I understand why they need to do it in FNQ, but I really wish some of our NSW beachside councils could step up. This is great. Kids has a ball and it is even deep enough in spots for adults to cool off. Lockers available...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Free and fun. My daughter had her bag stolen here a couple of years ago so use the lockers or one of you stay with the bags! Nice in the early evening too.

Thank neillynda
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only stayed there for a sun bake in the afternoon, the concept of having an artificial beach in.the middle.of the city is great but the water was too cold to play in. Probably will be very popular in summer.

Thank demcconnell1994
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great swim at the esplanade lagoon with a clean and fresh pool and change rooms nearby meant a great experience. The public free to enter pool was great fun for an hour and a half +. 5 star right here!

Thank Lachlan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a walk around town what a lovely way to cool off in the Esplanade Lagoon what a bonus for Cairns and tourism. It was school holidays when we were there but still a lot of room for every body to enjoy.

Thank Colleen M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here several times in our 4 day stay in Cairns. The grandchildren (5 and 6 year olds) would have stayed all day but their mum and grandparents also enjoyed the swim and atmosphere a definite attraction to visit and enjoy in Cairns

Thank lynette953
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cairns is truly a beautiful tourist destination. Not too crowded and busy. Even without a guide a guide l could easily get around. The esplanade was a favourite of mine. It's also amazing how its built on mud flats

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25 March 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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17 February 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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16 February 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.