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Cairns Esplanade Lagoon Tours

Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
Despite its location on the Queensland coast, Cairns doesn’t have any beaches within the city (the closest are just to the north). But you can still enjoy the sun and sand downtown at the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon. This 50,000-square-foot lagoon is the highlight of the Cairns Esplanade and the perfect place to relax, swim and sunbathe without worrying about the box jellyfish and saltwater crocodiles that sometimes makes appearances in the near-shore waters. 
 
With a maximum depth of only five feet, it’s a safe and welcoming spot for kids, visitors and locals alike, complete with fountains, sunshades, sandy beaches and nearby lawns and tables that are perfect for a midday picnic overlooking Trinity Harbour. The myriad shops and restaurants of the Esplanade surround the lagoon, so it’s easy to enjoy an hour or two by the water amid a day of shopping and sightseeing in the city. 

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The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon is free and open to the public. Lifeguards are on duty, and bathrooms and showers can be found nearby. The lagoon is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., except Wednesdays, when it opens at noon to allow for weekly maintenance.

Address: Cairns Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Hours: Daily 6 a.m. - 9 p.m., Wednesdays noon - 9 p.m.
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Cairns History Walking Tour

Cairns History Walking Tour

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Cairns may be a pretty face but its history is also rich and deep, going back at least 40,000 years. Explore beyond the rainforest and reef to the ancient and recent history, complete with stories and photographable architecture, art and landmarks. We look at buildings of significance from the early colony, including architectural styles, as well as indigenous outdoor artworks. You will learn about the importance of the natural features of Cairns (reef and rain forest), the oldest living culture in the world and pre-colonial lifestyle. We talk about the challenges of colonisation, pirates and opium trade, and the early gold rush, farming, business, and the cultural melting pot that makes Cairns what it is today. Historic buildings highlighted include: Cairns Museum, Cairns Art Gallery, Mulgrave Shire Office, Telegraph Office, Post Office, Chambers, Boland's Department Store, the Adelaide Steamship Company, Central Hotel, Chinatown, and Hides Hotel.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD25.11
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Cairns City Tour

Cairns City Tour

Cairns is amazing Town steeped in History. Famous not only for its Reef and Rainforest but also for its early history and the trials and tribulations of the early settlers. Your tour not only encompasses the natural environment of Cairns and it’s surrounds but some of its early history and architecture. Kuranda Skyrail and the Historical Train can be included by prior arrangement.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD416.76
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Half-Day Walking Progressive Degustation Tour in Cairns

Half-Day Walking Progressive Degustation Tour in Cairns

Each restaurant will showcase their Farm to Plate approach. Featuring the finest seafood and meats, sustainable, locally-grown produce and native foraged ingredients our chefs handcraft into exciting modern cuisines for you to enjoy. Our Sommeliers meticulously pair each course with fine Australian wines for the perfect, complimentary sip. This tour is perfect for anyone who loves food + wine. It's also a great way to try 3 of the best restaurants in Cairns in one day if your short on time and gives you the opportunity to return to your favourite restaurant at another time.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD159.64
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Cairns Self-Guided Audio Tour

Cairns Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Explore Cairns at your own pace and make your own schedule on this self-guided audio tour. Download the entertainingly narrated tour and begin whenever you like. Wander along the Esplanade Lagoon while listening to stories about the impact of war and the Gold Rush on the region. Admire indigenous artwork at the Jungara Gallery while listening to background information about the Aboriginal peoples and even visit a rooftop wildlife center.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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USD16.11
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What are Cairns Esplanade Lagoon hours of operation?
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Cairns Esplanade Lagoon hours of operation: Daily 6 a.m. - 9 p.m., Wednesdays noon - 9 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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