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Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium Entry Tickets

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(4.8)

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  • 10 amazing ecosystems to explore
  • Discover over 70 different habitats
  • Over 15,000 aquatic animals
  • Located in the heart of Cairns
  • Open daily 10am - 3pm (last entry 2pm)
  • Touch Tanks with sea stars, sea cucumbers & others
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Spend the day exploring the world above and below the water with a visit to the state of the art Cairns Aquarium. This must-visit Cairns attraction is full of fun and adventure for all ages to enjoy, Cairns Aquarium will give you a look into the animals that live in both the rainforests and the oceans of Far North Queensland. With a visit here, you'll follow the journey of a drop of rain as it begins an adventure into our rivers and streams, our luscious rainforests, and of course, the beautiful Great Barrier Reef.

With an emphasis on life underwater in Tropical North Queensland, there are ten different eco-systems showcasing a range of flora and fauna spread across 70 different habitats. With a number of different presentations throughout the day, including talks on River Monsters, the Ribbon Reef, the Open Ocean and Coral Sea Predators, you'll have a busy and fun day at the aquarium. There are also various Habitat Talks, animal feeding sessions and terrestrial and marine touch tanks that the kids will love. Home to over 15,000 aquatic animals, this is one of Queensland's biggest and best aquariums.

Inclusions

  • All day admission to Cairns Aquarium
  • All shows and presentations

Exclusions

  • Food and beverage
  • Souvenirs
  • Photos

Highlights

  • Travel through 10 amazing Nth Qld ecosystems
  • Over 70 different habitats
  • Discover species from 2 World Heritage listed areas - The Wet Tropics of QLD and the Great Barrier Reef
  • Over 15,000 aquatic animals
  • Daily shows and presentations
  • Touch tanks where you can see and touch sea stars, sea cucumbers and other fascinating sea creatures, under staff supervision.

Time

  • Cairns Aquarium is open Monday-Sunday from 10am to 3pm, with last admissions at 2pm

Location

  • Cairns Aquarium is located at 5 Florence St (on the corners of Abbott, Florence and Lake Sts), only a short walk from all major Cairns City hotels

Additional Information

  • Daily animal and eco-system presentations
  • Daily marine touch tank encounter
  • Daily ray and shark feeding show
  • Complimentary visitor map, multi-lingual versions available in Chinese and Japanese

Terms And Conditions

  • Tickets are non-refundable

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on the day of entry
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, all Cairns Aquarium information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
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Jenna Land 1 month ago
We loved the aquarium. I took my 12 year old and nearly 2 year old and they both had a ball! So many amazing colourful animals to see. Watching the sharks being fed was definitely a highlight. There were interactive tanks where we could touch the sea stars and shark eggs which was also cool.
I would highly recommend the experience. The marine life was great and the people were really friendly and informative!
Jenna Land 1 month ago

We loved the aquarium. I took my 12 year old and nearly 2 year old and they both had a ball! So many amazing colourful animals to see. Watching the sharks being fed was definitely a highlight. There were interactive tanks where we could touch the sea stars and shark eggs which was also cool.

Great way to see the fish in FNQ without having to get in the water with little kids
Belinda Nikcevich 3 months ago

Great way to see the fish in FNQ without having to get in the water with little kids. Was an ideal relaxing day out of the sun and water to view so many different kinds of fish. The kids loved it. Would definitely recommend to families with little ones!!!

Wonderful array of tropical fish. A real highlight of our weekend away.
Lisa Strong 3 months ago

We’ve been to a few aquariums and I was impressed by the selection and the cleanliness of the Cairns Aquarium. It probably only took an hour to compete but the kids and the adults really enjoyed getting to see up-close without needing to out on the reef!

In my opinion, the aquarium is one of the best attractions that Cairns city has to offer.
Maria Moore 8 months ago

It's a great place to take the kids to look at the underwater world. One of the aquariums is visible across 2 stories and all the fish you can see are fascinating. The staff were friendly, and the whole experience was pleasant, so I'd definitely recommend visiting.

Was a nice aquarium but is expensive and small. Not as good as Melbourne/Sydney/Gold Coast aquariums. Would benefit from including the turtle's rehabilitation extra in the entry price as not a main attraction to be seen here, unfortunately.
Belinda Nikcevich 12 months ago

Was nice aquarium but is expensive and small. Not as good at Melbourne/Sydney/Gold Coast aquariums. Would benefit from including the turtle's rehabilitation extra in the entry price as not a main attraction to be seen here, unfortunately. Also no big sharks and only 1 small croc. Wouldn't take much to improve people's opinions by either lowering the price or having the main feature for example the turtles. Also, I was really surprised wasn't more of a feature with crocs considering we are in FNQ.

One of the best aquariums I have been to, the kids loved it.
Brooke Wright 12 months ago

The kids loved this aquarium, we watched a presentation on the coral reef and it was so interesting and informative. The tanks were beautiful and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend this, you can do the whole thing comfortably in an hour.

Family friendly, easy accessibility, user friendly for all ages. Highly recommend.
Emaleigh Lewis-Heselwood 12 months ago

The Cairns Aquarium was amazing. A definite must have on your bucket list. The kids loved it and it was very easy to follow and get around. Being two levels it had easy lift access which allowed a pram to freely move around the aquarium and between levels. The kids loved it and it even had a small touch and feel area which was a favourite. Highly recommend if in Cairns.

Well worth the visit when you are in Far North Queensland.
Sharon Gelsi 1 year ago

Cairns Aquarium was an amazing place, it had so much information and a variety of sea life and native wildlife. It was kid-friendly and suitable for all ages and was well set out. Would highly recommend for people of all ages to visit when in Far North Queensland.

A must see for any visit to Cairns. Gives a great understanding of how the local ecosystem works from the mountains to the sea.
Melinda Frowde 1 year ago

Absolutely fabulous. My son is a sea life lover so we have been to many aquariums here and around the world and this really was one of the best. We went twice we enjoyed it so much. Informative signs and fabulous enclosures with a great variety of sea life. A lot of space for movement and wide viewing areas so it wasn’t it the slightest bit cramped.

Overall it was an amazing experience, the staff were lovely and the aquarium was just absolutely beautiful and breathtaking.
Caitlin Vandermeer 1 year ago

It was amazing, the staff were really helpful and the Aquarium was absolutely beautiful and breath taking, from all different fishes, to snakes, frogs, sharks, baby crocodiles and stingrays! We didn’t try out the restaurant, but we will be doing that when we return back to Cairns! We give it 10/10!

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