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Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

52 - 54 The Esplanade Cairns, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4044 3715
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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. 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.
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52 - 54 The Esplanade Cairns, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Don’t get mislead by the word Lagoon. It’s actually a Lagoon shaped swimming pool located near the Piers. If you have small children please do visit and have some great time. The place is easily accessible by public bus, car, cycle etc. Go out, dance...More

Thank Indradeep R
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was visiting Cairns for 3 days, staying very near at the Hotel Shangri-la. We walked the few steps over to see Esplanade, Park, pool and beautiful paths. The number of people walking, swimming, jogging and just enjoying the great public areas was impressive. They...More

Thank PaulAK2011
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an amazing meeting place for teens of all nations. They spoke so many languages it was hard to define but one thing for sure... for all ages all cultures this little hub is amazing. Why are there not hundreds more in Australia? Good...More

Thank Katie G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Free public pool and bbq stalls where everyone can come to cook their meat and spend a good time friends. Meat, bbq, outdoor, pool, friends.... the great Australian lifestyle!

Thank Alexandre R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the very best of attractions in Cairns - for both locals as well as Visitors. Reasonable amount of shade and grass areas as well. And for families & all users - adequately supervised. Finally well-maintained and clean change-rooms/toilets.

Thank wunderlust_aus
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The lagoon is right on the esplanade surrounded by the city, hills and the marina. It’s a beautiful and very very big free pool that anyone can use. Overlooked by the iconic silver fish, this is a great place to spend the day. There are...More

Thank Monkdey
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We come to cairns a few times a year and always enjoy the esplanade ... the free pool area is fantastic for families and adults.... you can take food and make it a day out .... walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the sunshine .......More

Thank Andowhite
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cool off in the lagoon on cairns esplanade. It is so nice because if you are swimming around at look out to see you can see the boats rolling in plus the pelicans.

Thank cairnsresident
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Live music beautiful weather and an amazing location. Highly recommend this gorgeous spot laze around on any afternoon.

Thank IlPalazzo
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As Cairns has mud flats instead of sandy beaches, the lagoon is super important as it means you can swim! Unfortunately the area around the lagoon and the lagoon itself was packed with people. It is nice for a cool down but not so much...More

Thank EmmaClaireB
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730matthew
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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Sonali B
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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Sonali B
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.
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