You are visiting the only Aquarium in the world dedicated to the species and habitats of this incredible region.
You can wander through the many different habitats at your speed. At Cairns Aquarium, we love to share our knowledge. While you are at the Aquarium, you can 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 unique, why not book the VIP Behind The Scenes tour?
Or maybe you would like to visit the Cairns Aquarium after hours! Aquarium by Twilight gives you after-hours entry, a 2-hour Ecologist guided tour, canapes and drink served in the Oceanarium followed by dinner and dessert in Dundee’s Restaurant!
You will discover over 16,000 creatures from the reef and rainforest. Immerse yourself in the five unique habitats which are on display.
After this great introduction at the Cairns Aquarium, head out to the Great Barrier Reef to see it all up close and personal! Click HERE for more information.
Home to our Freshwater Sawfish, the iconic Barramundi, and Whiptail Ray.
A rainforest inside an Aquarium?! Spot our Tropical Snakes, Emerald tree Monitors, and Frogs living amongst the jungle.
Learn about the fascinating biodiversity of the mangrove habitat. Find baby crocs while you stroll along the boardwalk!
Great Barrier Reef
Take in the sheer expanse and beauty of Australia’s only 10 metre Deep Reef Tank!
Immerse yourself in the 20 metre Underwater Viewing Tunnel. Featuring a 360° view Oceanarium.
- 09:30 + 13:00 River Monsters presentation. Held in the River Monsters Amphitheater.
- 10:00 + 13:30 Reptile Encounter. Touch ‘n’ Talk presentation. Held in the Wet Tropics exhibit.
- 10:30 + 14:00 Denizens Of The Deep presentation. Held in the Deep Reef Amphitheater.
- 11:00 Shark and Ray Feeding presentation. Held in the Ocean Room.
- 15:00 Life of Sharks and Ray’s presentation. Held in the Coral Sea Amphitheater.
- 11:30 + 16:00 Curious and Coloured presentation. Held in the Coral Sea Amphitheater.
- ALL DAY Marine touch ‘n’ Talk held in the 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
- Upgrade and include a 2-course lunch and a drink at the famous Dundees Restaurant.
- Coffee, morning or afternoon tea all available at Dundees Restaurant
- Sea Explorer 5D virtual submarine tour.
- VIP Platinum Pass. An extraordinary private behind the scenes tour. Visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Mangrove fish scatter feeding. Hand feed the Cownose Rays! These gentle guys have very soft bellies, and you’ll have the opportunity to give them a rub! Private reptile interaction. 2-course lunch with a drink. Front of house interaction. Souvenir gift to take home.
The Cairns Aquarium is located right in the centre of Cairns on Abbott Street