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Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon

52 - 54 The Esplanade Cairns, Cairns, Queensland, 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.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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52 - 54 The Esplanade Cairns, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Been here with my team, and love this place so much. Beautifull place and good for family. Can't wait to comeback, I love cairns so much!

Thank reinrein1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I come here most afternoons to chill and have a swim. The water is always perfect - not to hot nor to cold. I love the aqua Zumba classes on a Wednesday night too! So nice to have someware to come and sunbathe and especially...More

Thank BeckySJ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely spot to relax and cool down on a hot day in Cairns. Lovely fountains, lifeguards and free. A very family friendly place. Can get very busy!

Thank evitaveda
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic use of waterfront. This pool area is family friendly and includes lifeguards. It has a great sand beach access as well as a gradual access. There is cafes, toilets with showers and even a police station right next door. This whole facility...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The cairns council did a fantastic job with this pool FREE SWIMMING FOR THOSE HOT DAYS IN CAIRNS! to make up for stinger season on the beaches. It’s often crowded but there’s plenty of space, toilets and change rooms available and cafes very close. I...More

Thank alisonguhracee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Lagoon is very central, at the southern end of the Esplanade, opposite lots of cafes, restaurants, ice-cream shops, etc. There's ample space to shower & change into / out of bathers in the super clean amenities block. There're life guards & a Police office,...More

Thank Jeanette M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great setup in the heart of Cairns. The whole area was buzzing with countless people all enjoying the great areas around the pool

Thank Trent C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to cool off. Clean and large so lots of people can fit. Does have a lot of chlorine. Very relaxing.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I were in Cairns for a few days. She has never been there before and I haven't been back in 33 years - WOW what a change !! Cairns is a well set our vibrant city with some great attractions but by...More

2  Thank prw05
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is such a great thing to have, I love that there is sand so it makes you feel as if you’re chilling on the beach, and with great views of the actual ocean. There is also plenty of area to have a bbq. Just...More

Thank hillash5
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Livia M
25 September 2017|
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Response from GJ2707 | Reviewed this property |
yes there are lockers available at the toilet/shower facilities
3 September 2017|
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Response from donna1981xx | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see anywhere, we bought some beach towels from a nearby gift shop.
14 February 2017|
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Response from MTB1970 | Reviewed this property |
yes it is