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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
$31.73 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Beautiful honeymoon destination
Beautiful experience for our honeymoon, we loved the aquarium. Can’t wait to have our dinner here also this week.
Claudia_N, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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Honeymoon
Claudia_N, Jun 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
We had a beautiful twilight tour experience at the aquarium. Beck was very passionate and knowledgeable. The 3 course meal was amazing, and the service was great. Definitely recommend!!
star-5
Great experience
Suzanne_H, Jun 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
Our guide was fantastic. So passionate and knowledgable. Best aquarium I have ever been too and meal excellent
star-5
Aquarium tour was amazing
Hannah_R, Jun 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
The tour for the aquarium was amazing! Our guide was lovely! The Dundee’s restaurant was nice and food was great but staff are not very attentive to be honest. 5 stars is for the aquarium tour and the quality of food only!
star-5
Amazing family experience
Isabella_E, May 2022
Cairns Aquarium Admission Ticket
- 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.
star-4
Very interesting and great value for money
WILLIAM_M, Jun 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
Really enjoyed the tour commentary. Our guide proved very knowledgeable and also quite witty. The food wasn't 5 star, but it was certainly quite good value for money. The service staff were also very attentive to our needs and made the dining experience most enjoyable, especially given they were dealing with such a large number of people all arriving at once.
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
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-4
Well worth Seeing
Lynn_C, Jun 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
Well worth seeing. Staff are very helpful. Very informative and well presented displays. Food was excellent
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
Last night in Cairns
Corey_K, May 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
Great way to see marine life up close. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. To finish the tour the meal at Dundee's restaurant was excellent.
star-4
Very interesting.
Maryanne_A, May 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
The whole experience was very interesting, there’s no shortage of Marine Life etc, to see. Our Guide was interesting and informative and her passion for the job - showed. We had a three course meal and wine after, the food was very good, as were the staff. An adventure worth having.
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
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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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