Cairns Lagoon and Esplanade Attractions

Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

Things To Do And Things To See At The Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon

A day spent at the Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon is the perfect way to soak up some sun, enjoy some safe swimming, meet some other tourists to catch up with your friends and take in the views of the stunning Trinity Inlet and mountains that line the horizon of Cairns city in Queensland Australia.

While there are plenty of nearby restaurants and coffee shops at and near the swimming lagoon, locals like to lay out a picnic at one of the many tables located in the surrounding park grounds under the huge Banyan Trees. Dotted along the boardwalk of the Cairns Esplanade right by the Swimming Lagoon are 12 BBQ facilities that are cleaned daily and are available for use throughout the day.

The Cairns Swimming Lagoon on the Esplanade is a magnet for backpackers from around the world as a sunbaking and social gathering place, a place for locals to get fit on all the exercise equipment dotted thru the parks and the esplanade boardwalk, a place for little children and family to have fun on the play equipment and to learn to swim

A short walk north along the beachfront boardwalk you will discover a world of fun for families at Muddy's Playground, along with a Skatepark, Beach Volleyball, Healing Garden playground and at the northern end the Funship Playground.


Cairns Lagoon

As the first of the suns rays hit the Cairns Lagoon until dusk, the swimming pool located right in the heart of the Cairns business district is abuzz with tourists and locals relaxing on the grassy knoll or splashing in the shallows. The crystal clear waters of the Cairns swimming Lagoon prove to be incredibly inviting as the temperature warms up and the need for a quick dip to cool off is paramount.

The large swimming area is patrolled daily by Life Guards who ensure the safety of the 1000 or so swimmers that the Cairns Lagoon can accommodate at any one time. Ranging in depth from 32 inches to 5 feet the Cairns Lagoon features underwater seating benches making it easy for all to enjoy. The Cairns Lagoon is fitted with disability access which is located at the southern end of the facility.

Located on the foreshore of the Trinity Harbour front, the Cairns Lagoon has sandy shores and timber decking surrounding the 4800 square meter salt water swimming pool. The water that fills the state-of-the-art swimming facility is pumped in from the Trinity Inlet and cleansed through a high tech filtration system.

Muddy's Playground features so many fun activities for children; it is touted as being one of the best playgrounds in Australia. Kids just love the water park features where they can run through ankle deep water and splash in the shallows. From rope bridges, flying fox, slides, play houses, story telling areas, to see-saws Muddy's Playground has plenty to keep the little ones amused for hours and in turn keep the parents sane and give them sometime to catch up with friends for a coffee or snack.

The playground is divided into three distinct sections with each one containing equipment and activities geared towards specific age groups. While the playground as a whole is generally more suitable for children aged 10 and under, older children often enjoy playing there too.

Muddy's Playground has a large café and seating area conveniently located in the middle of the playground or there are BBQ and picnic table facilities located close by. While children have a great time at Muddy's Playground, there are plenty of nearby spots in the shade for parents to relax.

The Cairns Esplanade boardwalk is the gathering place for joggers, cyclists, power walkers, yoga enthusiasts, skateboarders or for those that want to take a stroll along the timber boardwalk in the sunshine and just take in the ocean and mountain views.

This area is densely planted with big shady trees, manicured grass, exercise equipment from one end to the next and it even has a skate park for the teenagers and just beyond here are the tennis courts.

The Cairns Esplanade takes pride of place in our liveable city.

Mantra Trilogy Cairns

Mantra Trilogy Hotel and Apartments located on Cairns Esplanade, is only 400m from Cairns Lagoon and restaurants at your doorstep. Choose from Studio Rooms, 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Holiday Apartments with Kids Pool, Swimming Pool & Fitness centre all in the heart of Cairns.

Mantra Esplanade Cairns Resort

Located on the Cairns Esplanade directly opposite Cairns Esplanade, Mantra Esplanade is a great base to explore the region. Choose from Ocean or City View Hotel Rooms, and self contained 1 & 2 Bedroom Holiday Apartments.

Cairns Plaza Hotel

Located on Cairns Esplanade these affordable hotel style accommodation offers great value for your Cairns holiday. Ensure to ask about our holiday packages to help you SAVE!

FREE Breakfast Bonus

Breakfree Royal Harbour Holiday Apartments Cairns

Located directly opposite the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, Breakfree Royal Harbour offers 1 Bedroom Apartments with a choice of Ocean or Garden Views. With the Cairns Night Markets and cafes at your door step it is a great base to explore Cairns.

  • Children Stay FREE of charge (0-12 years)
Cairns Queenslander Holiday Apartments

Cairns Queenslander Hotel offers great affordable family accommodation offering hotel rooms, family rooms and apartments with 2 Swimming Pools, BBQ facilities and FREE Car parking.

  •  FREE Continental Breakfast Daily & 2 Children stay FREE (under 14 yrs) - Deluxe Hotel Room
  • FREE WiFi
Shangri-La Hotel The Marina Cairns

Overlooking the Marlin Marina, Shangri-La Hotel Cairns offers 5 Star accommodation with each Guest Room and Suite featuring private balconies and plush bathrobes. Ensure to ask about the exclusive Horizon Club for additional finer details for your stay.

  • FREE WiFi  
  • Children Stay FREE (Under 12yrs)
Vision Cairns Esplanade Holiday Apartments

Vision Cairns Esplanade Apartments offer luxury accommodation with a range of One, Two and Three Bedroom modern apartments. Enjoy two swimming pools, spa, bbq gym and sauna during your holiday as you explore Cairns. 

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North Cove Waterfront Suites

Located on the Cairns Esplanade North Cove Waterfront Suites offer comfortable One, Two and Three bedroom holiday apartments. 

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Great Family Resort in the heart of Cairns - features lagoon swimming pool with beach, swim up bar, fitness centre.  The perfect oasis in Cairns in a great location.

  • Children Stay & Eat Breakfast for FREE (under 16 yrs)
Cairns Luxury Apartments Aquarius

Located on the Cairns Esplanade these self contained holiday apartments are a great base to explore Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef.  Central location with dining options on your door step these apartments are popular - book early!

Coral Towers Holiday Apartment Suites Cairns

Located at the northern end of the Cairns Esplanade, Coral Towers offers an affordable holiday accommodation option with a choice of One and Two Bedroom apartments. 

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