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Cairns Esplanade Lagoon: Tours & Tickets

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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you are in Cairns you'll see it ;) It's next to the ocean! Great opportunity to cool off during the hot summer days or get a tan. I really enjoyed it as a solo traveler. There are lockers you can rent for few $...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ngoc Lam Thu N
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The esplanade and the lagoon are a great spot for families and people to relax and enjoy the great weather in Cairns. The lagoon is well maintained and supervised by life guards. It’s cleaned regularly but does smell a bit of chlorine. The walking path...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank donnaflee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are in Cairns a visit to the lagoon is a must. It’s safe, clean, manned by life guards and large enough to have room for everyone, young and old alike. Change rooms and toilets available nearby and plenty of grassed area to lounge...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Bluey26
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Few in yesterday from England. What a fantastic resource for the people of Cairns. Just had a great few hours at the lagoon bathing and relaxing.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank 555sueb
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a British person I find it amazing that there are areas like this free to the public and it’s kept amazingly clean there are BBQ to use free of charge and are also very clean everyone looks after them it’s a lovely place to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Dms1999
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Obviously, you cannot just swim in the sea around and the lagoon might seem like a good option,but I would not recommend it. Just 40 mins on the bus you have absolute pieces of paradice in Trinity beach and Palm Cove beach.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Gelerias
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cairns Lagoon pool is the best pool on the planet! The lagoon area is muddy, dangerous with crocs swimming around and their is not a sandy beach area, as well! The pool itself has a sandy beach style area on one side and the...More

Date of experience: November 2019
1  Thank 682jeffl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In a good central location . Rooms we perfect for all we needed as only sleeping in them . Breakfast could improve though

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Twatsa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very nice lagoon. Perfect for families to chill and enjoy the water. A very popular place, especially on weekends. It's huge and can accommodate a large crowd.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Steven W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not much to say. It's monitored by lifeguards. Little food shop nearby. Fairly clean change facilities and toilets as well. Definitely a great place to take the kids for a swim

Date of experience: November 2019
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March 24, 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
February 17, 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
February 16, 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.