Cairns Aquarium, the first public aquarium built in Australia in 18 years, is home to more than 16,000 specimens and 10 ecosystems. The $54 million, 7,800sq m, three-level facility in Queensland holds 71 tanks including Australia's largest freshwater tank with 400,000 litres of water, a deep sea tank and the world's first true tidal motion tank.A visit to Cairns Aquarium represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cairns day trip website to plot your vacation.
It has 10 lifelike and recreated habitats and is the only aquarium of its type to display endangered or rarely seen endemic species such as the emerald tree monitors, Jardine River painted turtles, ribboned pipefish and scalloped hammerhead sharks.
The aquarium is also an interactive research and education centre and is home to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
Tours To Cairns Aquarium
Cairns Aquarium Dive with the Sharks BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $212
Duration: 2 to 30 minutes
Cairns Aquarium Family Tickets BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $96
Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
Cairns Aquarium Admission Ticket BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $31
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Cairns Aquarium Reviews
We are lucky enough to have a family yearly membership to the aquarium, so I attend with our toddler almost every week. We always find something new to spend time watching, the facilities are all... more »
Opened about 10 am friendly staff online says about 2 hours to complete Aquarium but due to COVID it only took about 30 mins amazing set up and the animals and tanks were well looked after staff... more »
Large glass-fronted tanks with well lit exhibits. The building is on several levels so must be very strong! The lighting is better than on the naturally lit reef. The restaurant has good food. Well done guys.
Very well thought out and laid out aquarium. Highly educational and interesting talks given throughout the day, well worth attending. Plenty of opportunities for added extras you can pay for such as behind the scenes tours etc. The turtle rehab centre looks great for example and is very reasonable. They feed the animals in the exhibits at many of the talks which is really fascinating. We zipped through in 3.5 hours but you could easily spend more time.
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