Centenary Lakes - Freshwater

Location: Greenslopes Street Edge Hill

Good park for: bbqs; exploring-nature; kids-playground; picnics; walking


  • BBQ
  • Bicycle track
  • Drinking water
  • Picnic shelter
  • Picnic table
  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • Walking track
  • No dogs allowed

Centenary Lakes - Freshwater, Edge Hill, Cairns
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Freshwater Lake, established in 1975 to celebrate the Cairns City Council centenary, was created from a three hectare freshwater swamp that originally existed on the site. The lake is decorated by a patchwork of water-lilies (Nymphaea sp.) that provides shelter for several species of frogs, fish and turtles.

A swampy, safe haven, the lake is also home to many bird species and, depending on the season, visitors can expect to see magpie geese, black ducks, black-necked storks and cormorants.

The Freshwater Lake is an ideal place for a family outing with sheltered picnic sites, free BBQ's, a children's playground and public toilets.

The Freshwater Lake can be accessed by road from Greenslopes Street or by foot along the Rainforest Boardwalk.

Last updated: 22 September 2017