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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
$31.66 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great value for the price
Great value for the price and if you have a few hours available. Note that once you get your ticket confined through viator, you will still need to go to customer service ticketing desk to pick-up aquarium issued tickets to enter turnstile for the aquarium.
Peggy_W, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

star-5
Better than anything else on land!
Lisa_J, Jul 2022
Cairns Aquarium Family Ticket
outside of island tours, this is best thing to do in cairns. this is the best aquarium in australia.
star-5
Great experience
Shannon_C, Jul 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
Amazing tour through the aquarium, Rowena was exceptional and very knowledgeable. Dinner was fantastic, all the staff were amazing . Would definitely recommend
star-5
Cairns aquarium and dinner, give it a go
Paulaf, Jul 2022
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3-Course Dinner
Great knowledgeable tour guides who had stories to tell, finishing off with a quality meal. Two adults and teenager all enjoyed experience.
star-5
Awesome family adventure
Teresa_R, Jul 2022
Cairns Aquarium Family Ticket
Such an enjoyable place to be with the family. We planned our new marine tank in the time we spent here and just sat in awe of all the setups
star-5
Beautiful honeymoon destination
Claudia_N, Jun 2022
Cairns Aquarium Admission Ticket
Beautiful experience for our honeymoon, we loved the aquarium. Can’t wait to have our dinner here also this week.
star-5
Family friendly and fun
Je_P, Jun 2022
Cairns Aquarium Family Ticket
Family friendly and fun, great educational experience for the kids, highly recommended for a rainy day at Cairns
star-5
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
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-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
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-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-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.
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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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