Aquarium in Cairns

Experience something incredible.  The Aquarium in Cairns 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.

You can wander through the many different habitats at your own speed.  At the Aquarium in Cairns, we certainly love to share our knowledge.  Enjoy the fun and informative presentations we offer throughout the day.

For a small extra cost, you can experience the exciting virtual submarine!  A journey into the mysterious depths of an underwater world.  To make the day even more special, why not book the Aquarium in Cairns VIP Behind The Scenes tour?

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

After this great introduction at the Aquarium in Cairns, head out to the Great Barrier Reef to see it all up close and personal!  Click HERE for more information.


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

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.  Featuring a 360° view Oceanarium.


Presentation Times

  • 12:00 Shark and Ray Feeding presentation. Held in the Ocean Room.
  • 13:00 River Monsters presentation. Held in the River Monsters Amphitheater.
  • 14:00 Denizens Of The Deep presentation. Held in the Deep Reef Amphitheater.
  • ALL DAY Marine Touch Tank, Level 1.


Aquarium by Twilight

  • 15:45 Arrive at Cairns Aquarium – time to choose your drink, main and dessert
  • 16:00 Ecologist guided twilight tour
  • 17:30 Drink and canapes served in the Oceanarium
  • 18:00 – 19:30 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 all available at Dundees Restaurant (NOT available Monday or Tuesday)

How to get there

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

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Aquarium in Cairns Tours


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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