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Centenary Lakes in Cairns is a Joy to Visit!

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Make time for yourself and escape to Centenary Lakes Park – experience nature’s peace, admire its beauty and feel your worries drift away. Discover everything you need to know about Cairns’ tranquil oasis in the heart of the tropics.

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Centenary Lakes Cairns Opening Hours

When are Centenary Lakes in Cairns open?

A visit to Centenary Lakes in Cairns is something worth putting into your diary. Centenary Lakes and the surrounding parks are open 24 hours per day, 365 days of the year.

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History of Centenary Lakes

Centenary Lakes, located in the heart of Cairns, is a tranquil oasis for visitors to enjoy. It consists of a number of interconnected artificial lakes with a combined surface area of seven hectares.

This reserve was created in 1984 on a former landfill site to commemorate the centenary of the province and serves as a place for relaxation and recreation for all ages. It offers facilities including barbecues, playgrounds, picnic areas and walking trails set within peaceful parklands and gardens for all to enjoy.

Soak up the natural beauty of Cairns’ in this tranquil oasis located in the heart of the tropics. From picturesque walking trails and barbecue facilities to native wildlife sightings, this special spot is sure to provide an unforgettable experience for all who visit. Enjoy walking the paths which traverse the recreational parkland and the lowland swamp forests.

The Lakes

This area has two quite separate lakes next to each other, one freshwater and the other saltwater.

Centenary Lakes
Centenary Lakes

Nature Play Space

Interaction with nature is shown to have a positive effect on children’s cognitive and physical development. 

The Centenary Lakes Nature Playground is a space specifically created for children to interact with their environment.

Centenary Lakes Nature Play
Nature Playground

Chinese Friendship Garden

The Zhanjiang Chinese Friendship Garden, opened in 2015 celebrates of the Sister Cities relationship between Cairns and the Chinese city of Zhanjiang.

Cairns Centenary Lakes provides a background to the Friendship Garden and are full of wildlife. Consequently, there are often birdwatchers and photographers enjoying the peaceful environment and capturing nature.

Chinese Friendship Garden
Chinese Friendship Garden

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