Recreational opportunities within The Lakes Cairns Resort and Spa include three freeform pools and a fourth lap pool. A floodlit tennis court can be hired on an hourly basis, with ball fees applicable. A Bocce (lawn bowling) lawn is also available. The fitness center has a selection of weight machines, fit balls, cardiovascular equipment, including cycles and a rowing machine, and mats. Guests must request a key from reception for use of the fitness room. Bicycle hire can be arranged through reception, with bikes on site.
Nearby recreational activities include walks through the Botanical Park and Centennial Lakes, adjacent to the resort. Bird watching is also recommended, as more than 130 species live in the vicinity. With the resort's proximity to Cairns city, guests can participate in other activities within 3 km, including helicopter sightseeing from Marlin Marina, and scuba diving and snorkeling tours from the city pier and wharfs. Golf is available for nonmembers at the Paradise Palms Golf course, located approximately 25 km from the hotel. The Esplanade recreational area offers a children's playground and a 3-km boardwalk, with fitness areas and workout facilities strategically placed along the walk. The hotel can assist with tours that include horse riding, sky diving, rafting, and canoeing, all within 30 km of the hotel. Tours to the Great Barrier Reef can also be arranged.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.