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Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

Updated Fri 15 Mar 2024

The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon is located right in the heart of Cairns, Australia, and is a highlight of the city! Situated in the centre of town along the Cairns Esplanade this beautiful public swimming pool boasts pristine views of the surrounding tropical coastline. Conveniently located near the best attractions and amenities of Cairns, and offering ample space for the whole family, the Cairns Lagoon is the perfect place to cool off from the balmy humidity at any time of the year!

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Is Cairns Esplanade Lagoon Free?

The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon is completely free to visit and is one of the most accessible attractions in the city. Spanning more than 4,800 square metres along the Cairns foreshore, the lagoon is patrolled by lifeguards, meaning it is a safe and monitored swimming spot for everyone. With the bustling main street of the tropical city on the other side, the lagoon is a serene oasis in the heart of the action!

Home to the iconic Woven Fish of Cairns, you'll spot the iconic art monument in the middle of the lagoon often surrounded by splashing children and relaxed tourists. We recommend bringing your picnic rug, BBQ items, and swimwear, there's a spot for everyone to kick back and enjoy the sunshine!

Two people smiling in the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon


Cairns Esplanade Lagoon Facilities

  • Cairns Lagoon Operating Hours: Daily, 6 am - 9 pm. 
  • Closed: Wednesday mornings for maintenance until 12 pm. 

The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon is a go-to for both locals and tourists. With 12 public barbeque areas and ample shady picnic areas, it's a great place to meet with friends and family and socialise over an afternoon BBQ. In addition, the lagoon has public toilets, showers, lockers, and wheelchair access at the southern end of the lagoon, meaning the whole family can join in on the fun (as the staff for assistance, they are happy to help).

people having picnics in the grass near cairns esplanade lagoon


How Deep Is The Cairns Lagoon?

The filtered, salt-water Cairns Lagoon has a water depth of 81 - 152 centimetres, creating a perfect environment for those learning how to swim and visitors eager to do some laps. Complete with a sandy beach area, the lagoon is the perfect place to get fulfil your beach daydreams without having to drive to the beach itself. During the lagoon opening hours, there is a lifeguard on duty, providing a safe environment for everyone.

Operating since 2003 the Cairns Lagoon is a strong source of pride for the sunny city of Cairns, providing a safe and fun swimming environment for locals and tourists, free from the worry of stingers, crocodiles, and other marine hazards - it's time for a dip!

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