Esplanade Lagoon

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Relax after a day of sightseeing or cool down from the summer heat in this fresh-water lagoon, one of Cairns’ best city attractions.

The Esplanade Lagoon is a water feature in Cairns where you can relax, cool off and socialise with other travellers. The lagoon is on the waterfront on the Cairns Esplanade and is surrounded by tropical gardens. Spend an entire day relaxing by the water, join a fitness class or cool off in the midday heat. 

Situated on the beautiful Cairns foreshore, this man-made saltwater swimming lagoon looks out to the Trinity Inlet and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the lagoon at any time of day. Watch the sun rise with an early morning swim, cool down in the lagoon in the afternoon heat or relax by the water after a day of sightseeing. There are timber decks to lie on and plenty of shade. 

For young families, Muddy’s further down the Esplanade is a fun and safe water playground. Splash about with the hand pumps, water channels and jumping water jets. Children can have fun on the flying fox, in the playhouses, on slides, rope bridges and more.

There is regular live outdoor entertainment on the Esplanade and free fitness and cultural activities for locals and visitors. Join an aqua aerobics class at the lagoon, do yoga on the foreshore or take a dance class in the parklands. Get fit with a boxing class or beach volleyball. 

Bring a picnic and relax at one of the barbeque areas or dine at one of the nearby cafés and restaurants.

Pick up a brochure from the Cairns Tourist Information Centre on the Esplanade to take the self-guided Cairns Esplanade Heritage Walk. See the historic buildings, sights and landmarks that are along the water. Every Saturday you can find locally made crafts, jewellery, pottery and clothes at the Esplanade markets. 

The Esplanade Lagoon is free to use but is closed every Wednesday morning for maintenance.  Llifeguards are on duty year-round. Amenities include public showers and toilets. The Esplanade is easily accessible by foot from the city centre. Check the Cairns Esplanade website for times and details about all the free activities.

490 Cheap Hotels Near Esplanade Lagoon

Pacific Hotel Cairns
Pacific Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$197 per night from 2 Aug. to 3 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (974 reviews)
"We stayed in the new Tropical Luxe rooms off the pool. Can't nt reccomebd enough. Beautiful big rooms which felt fresh and relaxing. Love the big modern bathroom tmoo!"

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2022

Pacific Hotel Cairns
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$340 per night from 30 Jul. to 31 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (976 reviews)
"The hotel was very nice, a bit pricey though. They upgraded my room to have a marina view. That made the high price more justified."

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2022

Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
122 Lake St, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$324 per night from 1 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a children's pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (254 reviews)
"Novotel was WONDERFUL. The buffet breakfast, the restaurant for dinner, the friendly staff all first rate. The location is perfect for wandering around Cairns"

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2022

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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 Hotel Tropiq
Hotel Tropiq
3 out of 5
179 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$99 per night from 3 Aug. to 4 Aug.
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Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$340 per night from 30 Jul. to 31 Jul.
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
122 Lake St, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$324 per night from 1 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Pacific Hotel Cairns
Pacific Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$197 per night from 2 Aug. to 3 Aug.
Pacific Hotel Cairns
The Benson Hotel
The Benson Hotel
3.5 out of 5
44-56 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$215 per night from 31 Jul. to 1 Aug.
The Benson Hotel
Oaks Cairns Hotel
Oaks Cairns Hotel
59-63 Cairns Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$269 per night from 1 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Oaks Cairns Hotel
Hilton Cairns
Hilton Cairns
5 out of 5
34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$350 per night from 29 Jul. to 30 Jul.
Hilton Cairns
Hides Hotel Cairns
Hides Hotel Cairns
3.5 out of 5
87 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$134 per night from 1 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Hides Hotel Cairns
Pullman Cairns International
Pullman Cairns International
5 out of 5
17 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$312 per night from 29 Jul. to 30 Jul.
Pullman Cairns International
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.