Cairns / Esplanade and Swimming Lagoon (In the CBD)
The lagoon has been a huge hit with locals and visitors since opening. The BBQs are very popular so get there well before dark to ensure you can find a free table.
Loads of fun fitness activities everyday like Zumba, aerobics, volleyball, Pilates and meditation.
Check the website: http://www.cairnsesplanade.com.au/News.aspx
On Saturdays the Esplanade market runs from 8am – 5pm.
Smaller kids will love Muddies playground which is 1km north along the Esplanade from the lagoon.
The mudflats are an important feeding ground for migratory waders travelling down from Nth and East Asia.
Bird lists: http://www.birdsaustralianq.org/brochures.htm
Casting a net for bait.
It is worth a walk to the Marlin Marina behind The Shangri La Hotel. You can walk right out along the main wharf to see the boats. Some spectacular private yachts are often moored here. You can also hire a dinghy from the marina to explore the inlet.