Cairns Esplanade & Lagoon

Cairns Esplanade & Lagoon information

Opening hours
lagoon 6am-10pm Thu-Tue, noon-10pm Wed
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Lonely Planet review

Sunbathers flock to Cairns’ shallow but spectacular saltwater swimming lagoon on the city’s reclaimed foreshore. The artificial 4800-sq-metre lagoon is patrolled by lifeguards and illuminated at night.

Northwest from the lagoon, the boardwalk promenade, stretching for almost 3km, has picnic areas, free barbecues and playgrounds lining the foreshore.

From markets to live gigs, free fitness classes to festivals, there's always something happening on the Esplanade. Check the website for updates on events.