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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 change rooms great pool free swimming pool all ages great for kids fish lifeguards esplanade bbq lockers picnic council backpackers stingers
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great place for a walk and to enjoy the sunset. The kids have played all arvo on the kids playground. It was a great time!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Samantha7766
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My nephews loved the lagoon, it was clean and I noticed the life guards were fully aware of what was going on around them. Have used the BBQ in the past, ger there early so you can get a table.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank L2182XIcatherinem
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a nice surprise and big enough for a large volume of people. Shallow areas for those weak swimmers and deeper for others. Life guards on the ready with a sandy area for children to play. Very refreshing on a hot day with a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank anniewaters
Reviewed 3 days ago

The lagoon is fabulous firstly because it is free! It's very clean and has lifeguards on duty who were friendly and supervised diligently every time we visited. It's quite large so that even on busy days it doesn't feel too crowded. Although we only visited...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank beejrazza
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is great so safe and clean with nice clean area for changing, showering, even lockers to rent. Life guards on duty to keep everyone safe. No worries about any crocodiles here... not very deep but pretty large area so not feel Crowded. Grassy area...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Justsaygrace
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We loved the look of the place from afar. On visiting we found the water quite warm on a hot day when trying to cool down. But what was most worrying was the amount of drunks and homeless just plonking themselves in the middle of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bec L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed the refreshing lagoon with my husband, 8 month old, and 3.5yr old. A beautiful view, very clean pool. Was disappointed when the lifeguard did not allow my 3.5yr old to utilise a zoggs swim ring, because it didnt have a seat in it. My...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CavesCruizinOz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A relaxing cool swim in an amazing location. Plenty of shade on rhe grass to escape the sun. Well designed to allow lots of water play plus relaxing. Amazing photo opportunities over Cairns harbour. Good facilities available.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank FiFiDJ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a delight to discover Cairns Lagoon. This place has fantastic amenities, large swimming area with different depths, showers, changing rooms and toilets all very clean. Barbecues are freely available and used by many. Everyone respectfully waiting their turn and ensuring they left it clean...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tayco
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great facilities, nice qalk at night when it is not too hot and the chance to see fruit bats. The night markets are near by aswell. There are also heaps information centres.

Date of experience: January 2019
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25 March 2018|
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Response from LesleyandRolo | Reviewed this property |
There is a shallow area at one end which is suitable for children. The other end is deeper. A little bit further along the esplanade is a children's water play area with bubbling fountains and stuff. Not far from the lagoon... More
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
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.