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Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon
Fraser Island, Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Australia

Cairns Esplanade is a public open space that includes the constructed lagoon as well as lots of water play areas for kids along the foreshore. The lagoon is about the size of an Olympic swimming pool, but is triangular in shape with a gentle slope from one end of the pool to the other. The maximum depth is around 1.6 metres. The water in the pool is salty and crocodile-free. Swimming at Cairns Esplanade Lagoon Above: Cairns Esplanade Lagoon (Source: By Photnart - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link)

There is a huge variety of people who visit the lagoon, ranging from local families to backpackers to the local rugby team who I saw finishing off their training with some hydrotherapy. From the water you have a view out over the Coral Sea that is only interrupted by the pairs of legs passing by at eye level along the foreshore promenade. The cool water is a welcome relief in the tropics where the beach is out of bounds due to crocs, stingers and mudflats.

On any given day or evening there will usually be some sort of activity happening along the Esplanade including fitness activities, concerts and a weekly market.
Other Information Before You Go:
Location:Cairns Esplanade, Cairns, between Shields and Aplin Streets
Latitude:-16.919613 Longitude:145.777953
Getting there: Head east by foot from the Cairns town centre or north along the Esplanade from the ferry terminals
Facilities: Public toilets, change rooms, bbqs, picnic tables. Numerous restaurants and cafes across the road
Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Cool
Water clarity: Clear
Under foot: Sand
Maximum water depth: 1-2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required: Beginners
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No dogs or glass permitted
Sun shade: Shade available out of the water under some trees and shade cloth
Opening times: Always open, but only patrolled by lifeguards from 6am-10pm Oct-Mar and 7am-9pm Apr-Sep. Closed for cleaning Weds 6am-midday
Wheelchair access: Wheelchair accessible paths around the lagoon
Accommodation Options: There is no camping at the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon. If you want to stay overnight near the lagoon, you can try the following options, all within a short stroll from the lagoon. All distances below are by foot.
Nearby accommodation:Distance from swim:
Oaks Cairns Hotel 30 m
BreakFree Royal Harbour 30 m
Global Backpackers Cairns 30 m
Further options… More than 30 m
Managing authority: Cairns Regional Council
Nearby attractions: The Great Barrier Reef
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the lagoon.
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