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Cairns Aquarium
Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium

5 Florence St, Cairns City, QLD 4870

The Basics

Visitors journey through 10 different North Queensland ecosystems, from the world’s oldest rain forest to the world’s largest coral reef. Along the way you’ll see the unique species of this region, such as endangered freshwater sawfish, grey reef sharks, and humphead Maori wrasse in the freshwater and marine habitats, as well as Amethystine python and Boyd’s forest dragon in the tropical rain forest display. Visitors can also enjoy daily talks and presentations, watch feeding sessions, and get a hands-on experience at the marine and terrestrial touch tanks.

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Cairns Aquarium Admission Ticket
Cairns Aquarium Admission Ticket
star-4.5
$32.46 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing family experience
- watching the shows presented by staff - freedom to go through the aquarium in our own time. - lots to see and interact with the sea life.
Isabella_E, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

star-5
Highly recommend
Denice_S, May 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
Very informative evening. Absolutely amazing. Our tour guide certainly knew her stuff.... short of getting wet it was like you were in the water with these amazing creatures.
star-5
The marine biologist...
Tracy_S, May 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
The marine biologist "Bec" really knowledgeable and informative Thank you Bec. Fantastic displays and story told from fresh to salt water. 😃
star-5
A must see activity
jag, May 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
Our guide Cameron, was very passionate & gave our tour lots of interesting facts & info on the animals/fish at the aquarium. Very enjoyable. The dinner was fabulous Couldn’t fault anything. Highly recommend
star-4
Massive tanks
Sumedha_D, Apr 2022
Cairns Aquarium Admission Ticket
Good collection of aquatic animals and good presentation. Extra 30min given for visitors on public holiday
star-5
Awesome
TERISA_S, Apr 2022
Cairns Aquarium Admission Ticket
To see a live sea horse & other sea creatures, a beautiful experience in the sea world. Even though baby (1 year old)was sleepy but she kept awake & was amazed with all the fish.also the lunch at Dundees restaurant was delicious Thank you so much
star-5
A great place
Michael_D, Mar 2022
Cairns Aquarium and small group City Sightseeing Tour
Great place to see all the fish, sharks, rays and other species that are in the sea and reefs around Cairns
star-5
Fantastic time
Wendy_F, May 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
Had a lovely host Christine, was a wonderful tour and meal. Highly recommended to anyone visiting Cairns
star-5
Must do experience
Margaret_S, Jun 2021
Cairns Aquarium Marine Life Encounter Ticket with 2-Course Lunch
This is an absolute must do whilst in Cairns. The behind the scenes workings of the aquarium are simply amazing. The staff, Christine and Alex were incredibly knowledgeable and couldn’t do more to make our experience fantastic. Highlights of feeding the baby stingray and seeing the turtle hospital were only topped off by a superb lunch
star-5
Excellent
Charles_J, May 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
Enthusiasm and knowledge of our tour guide was excellent and the food and staff was awesome at the restaurant
star-4
Fantastic
Jason_S, May 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
Very informative Great to see all the fish of the various waterways of North Queensland The food for Dinner was amazing, however our table was shoved off to the side. Apparently they’d given our reserved table to someone else Would be nice to sit near the aquarium which the pictures show when advertising We are going back to see the turtle hospital
star-5
Great way to start a Cairns weekend away
Maxim_T, Apr 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
More than I expected for an experience, taken through a tour showing all 11 ecosystems in NQ, a crocodile nibbling at a catfish and had a lovely dinner. Didn't get to choose what fish in the aquarium tho, would been nice to taste Percy the big blue fish.
star-5
Incredible to see live...
DavidI_K, Dec 2021
Cairns Aquarium Admission Ticket
Incredible to see live coral and so many different species of marine life. A stunning adventure without getting wet.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Cairns Aquarium is a must-visit for families and wildlife lovers.

  • The aquarium is wheelchair-accessible, with elevators, ramps, accessible restrooms, and wheelchair rentals.

  • Accredited guide/service dogs are welcome.

  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.

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How to Get There

The aquarium is located in the heart of Cairns, within easy walking distance of most accommodations and attractions. It’s one block from the Esplanade, two blocks from the Lagoon Pool, and a 5-minute walk from the cruise terminal. Buses 121, 130, and 150 stop at Lake and Abbott streets, right outside the aquarium. Note that there is no on-site parking.

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When to Get There

Cairns Aquarium is open 365 days a year, from 9am to 5pm; the last admission is at 4pm. Talks and presentations are offered throughout the day every day. If crowds are a concern, note that the aquarium is busiest on weekends and school holidays.

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Dundee’s Restaurant

The aquarium’s on-site restaurant, Dundee's, offers a memorable dining experience. As you eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner or enjoy coffee or a cocktail, you can watch schools of fish and sharks swim by thanks to the restaurant’s 70,000-liter Under the Pier aquatic display.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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