On the few free days students have experienced they have chosen a range of activities, from fishing to sky diving, acrobatic flying and scooter rides into the rain forest and just relaxing around the Cairns Lagoon. The Lagoon forms part of the Esplanade, a well-designed strip along the coastline that encourages physical activity.
The Esplanade would make an interesting case study on how effective urban planning can be in promoting active behavior. The project was completed in March 2003 and appears to have been funded by both local and state governments. I don't have any statistics on it, but here is a photographic record of some of the things on offer.
|Most of the group watching beach volleyball|
|One of the many exercise stations complete with instructions|
|Bike facilities are common|
|The lagoon caters for everyone|
|The Lagoon, a picturesque view too|
|Even a bouldering facility!|
|Thanks to local and state governments|
|Great paths for all types of commuting|
|Includes aerobic fitness equipment|
|A free daily exercise program|
|Keeping you hydrated|
|Areas for the kiddies|
|A huge skate park|
|Beautiful spot for sunset beach volleyball|