Before you even start discovering Tropical North Queensland’s spectacular beaches, reefs and rainforests, there’s a wealth of free, family friendly activities right at your front door when you stay at a Cairns Aquarius waterfront apartment. Just cross the road from your apartment and you’re in the heart of the Cairns Esplanade.

A picturesque stretch of foreshore that includes The Lagoon, parklands, playgrounds, barbeques and recreational facilities. Your family can soak up the sun. Enjoy safe swimming. Have fun at Muddy’s Playground. Try your hand at The Skatepark. Picnic. Barbeque. Get fit. Or just relax and watch the yachts, cruisers and Navy ships in Trinity Inlet. All just a short stroll from your Cairns Aquarius apartment.


Opening hours:

  • Thursday to Tuesday, 6am-9pm
  • Wednesday, midday-9pm (closed for maintenance until midday)
  • Public holidays, 6am-9pm


Entry to the Lagoon is free. Toilet and shower facilities are located in the amenities block alongside the Lagoon. Lifeguards are on duty while the Lagoon is open. Wheelchair access to the Lagoon is available. For assistance please ask the Lifeguards. The Lagoon is a 4800sq m salt water swimming facility that offers an all-year round, safe, swimming location without stingers and crocodiles. The Lagoon is filled with salt water from the Trinity Inlet which is filtered through a state-of-the-art filtration system.


Recreational Facilities

Esplanade facilities, open all day, every day and are free for casual use.


Volleyball Courts

There are three international standard beach volleyball courts located on the Esplanade opposite Cairns Hospital. OPENING TIMES: Thursday to Tuesday (9am to 9.30pm), Wednesday closed until 4pm then open until 9.30pm, and Public holidays (9am to 9.30pm).



Bouldering Park

Suitable for all ages, the Bouldering Park is located near the beach volleyball courts (near Cairns Hospital). Free introductory Bouldering classes are on offer as part of the Active Living Program. Also, every Thursday, at 5pm, meet as a group with an Instructor. Chalk and shoes included.



Fitness Stations

“Green Gym” fitness station equipment at the Northern Esplanade is selected to allow low-impact cardio style exercise that facilitates strength and mobility. The equipment is designed to suit the needs of older people or those recovering from illness or injury.



Petanque Court

The Petanque Court is located in the Esplanade parklands near the McKenzie Street intersection. Please bring your own Petanque equipment.




Skate Park

The Skate Plaza is one of the Cairns Regional Council’s finest recreational facilities. Providing exciting recreational opportunities, the facility has been called ‘one of the seven wonders of the skate park world’ due to its innovative design and contextual aesthetics.





For additional information, please visit the Cairns City Council website.



Let your children enjoy safe play on The Esplanade.



Muddy’s playground is themed “Life in Trinity Bay” and the playground includes water play areas plus a flying fox, sound chimes, track ride, rope bridge, slides, play houses, story telling areas, see-saw, trick track and puzzle games. Open every day of the year (9am and 7pm).



Fun Ship

The new Fun Ship is a unique playground that fits well with the marine theme of the Esplanade and has many links to the original Fun Ship. The Fun Ship is near the BBQ Sand Piper and picnic tables. It is located next to an events lawn that can accommodate visiting attractions.



Healing Garden

The Healing Garden, located opposite Cairns Hospital, was redeveloped in 2013 around existing features to include a new play area. One of the existing features is the Bamboo – a symbol of longevity and humility. The coastal breezes sway the Bamboo, which bends easily.