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Lagoon Esplanade

The lagoon is set on the Cairns foreshore overlooking the Barrier Reef and Trinity Inlet. It is a popular place with locals and tourists alike. There are plenty of free BBQ areas and a few sheltered picnic tables. 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 system, to meet Australian Standards.

The kids can enjoy the sandy edges, build sand castles and play in shallow water. There are a few shade cloths on the sandy side of the lagoon, but littlies tend to wander along the 'shore' so it pays to be extra sunsafe with hats, sunscreen and long swim clothes. There are a few water features that can be fun to play in. In the deeper end here are the iconic fish that spray water onto the shallow sandy shore. There is a waterfall feature that is in quite deep water. Nothing like having mum or dad take you under the waterfall to get 'rained on'!

Towards the 'pointy end' of the lagoon, there are a few small fountains that the toddlers and preschoolers just love. The only drawback to this area is that it is in full sun, so maybe keep to the early or later times in the day.

As with the entire esplanade parklands, there are lots of interesting trees to climb or play in and ample space to run around, kick a ball or throw a frisbee.

The lagon is a great place to spend some time with kids. It is free and it is especially handy being so central to town. As I have mentioned, it can get quite sunny and hot so grab some shade and maybe consider a visit earlier or later in the day.

The Lagoon is closed for maintenance every Wednesday until midday.


Where: cnr Esplanade and Shields St (view map)

When: Lifeguards are on duty 6am - 9pm all year round. The Lagoon is closed for maintenance every Wednesday until midday.

Price: free

Website: (visit website)

Author: website and SK

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