Cairns Aquarium

Experience something incredible.  The Cairns Aquarium is a great way to sample 2 world heritage listed areas at once!

The Great Barrier Reef as well as the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland.  You will love the only Aquarium in the world dedicated to the species and habitats of this amazing region.

Next, wander through the many different habitats.

Also, the friendly staff love to share their knowledge, so make sure you ask them plenty of questions.

During your visit, enjoy the fun and informative presentations we offer throughout the day.

For a small cost, you can also experience the exciting virtual submarine!  A journey into the mysterious depths of an underwater world.

Why not book the Aquarium in Cairns VIP Behind The Scenes tour to make the day even more special?

Meanwhile, discover over 16,000 creatures from the reef and rainforest. Then immerse yourself in the 5 unique habitats which are on display.

After a visit to the Cairns Aquarium, head out to the Great Barrier Reef.


Cairns Aquarium features Flooded Billabongs

Home to Freshwater Sawfish, the iconic Barramundi, and Whiptail Ray.

The Rainforest

A rainforest inside an Aquarium?! Spot tropical snakes, Emerald tree Monitors, and Frogs.

The Mangroves

Learn about the fascinating biodiversity of the mangrove habitat. Keep an eye out for baby crocodiles while walking along the boardwalk!

Great Barrier Reef

Next, take in the sheer expanse and beauty of Australia’s only 10-metre deep reef tank!

Coral Sea

Then discover the  20 metre Underwater Viewing Tunnel. They feature a 360° view Oceanarium.


Cairns Aquarium Presentation Times

  • Noon Stat your day in the Ocean Room for the Shark and Ray Feeding presentation
  • 13:00 Next, visit the River Monsters Amphitheater for the River Monsters Presentation
  • 14:00 Then see the Deep Reef Amphitheatre for the  Denizens Of The Deep presentation.
  • ALL DAY Marine Touch Tank, Level 1.


Cairns Aquarium by Twilight

  • 15:45 Arrive at Cairns Aquarium – time to choose your Drink, main and dessert
  • 16:00 Net takes the Ecologist guided twilight tour
  • 17:30 Drink and canapes served in the Oceanarium
  • 18:00 – 19:30 After enjoy dinner and dessert at Dundee’s Restaurant


Optional Extras

  • Upgrade and enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch (main meal with a choice of a soft drink OR dessert) at the famous Dundees Restaurant. (NOT available Monday or Tuesday)
  • Coffee, morning and afternoon tea are all available at Dundees Restaurant (NOT open Monday or Tuesday)

How to get there

The Cairns Aquarium is located right in Cairns’ centre on Abbott Street and Florence Streets.  Opposite the Cairns Tour Booking Centre.

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Cairns Aquarium

Experience something incredible.  Cairns Aquarium is a great way to sample 2 world heritage listed areas at once!  The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland. 


Aquarium by Twilight

Exclusive after-hours Aquarium experience. INCLUSIONS 2 hour Ecologist guided tour, canapes and drink in Oceanarium, dinner and dessert



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