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Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium is Australia’s newest and most spectacular aquarium opening to the public in September 2017.  

Follow the journey of a drop of rain as it descends from the mountain ranges down into rivers and streams, through the rainforest, across the mangroves, into the shallows of the reef and finally into the depths of the Coral Sea.  Travel through ten amazing North Queensland ecosystems with over 70 different habitats showcasing the stunning diversity of the species from two world heritage listed areas – the wet tropics rainforest and the great barrier reef.  Guests will have guaranteed interaction with the spectacular beauty of over 15,000 aquatic animals without the need to get wet or even leave the city!

Ticket Inclusions

  • All day admission to Cairns Aquarium 
  • 10 Tropical North Queensland eco systems and 71 habitats
  • River Monsters, Denizens of the Deep, Life of Sharks & Rays and Curious & Coloured Presentations 
  • Habitat Talks, Animal Feeds and Terrestrial & Marine Encounter Touch Tanks

Cairns Aquarium ​Hours

Cairns Aquarium ​Hours

​Hours of operation:  

Saturday to Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm 
Friday 9:00am - 7:00pm ( last admissions 1 hour prior to closure )

The Cairns Aquarium is located in the very heart of Cairns, there are many ways of getting to the Aquarium: you can walk, bike, bus, or drive to the facility with ease. 5 Florence St Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Getting There

On Foot

Cairns Aquarium is within easy walking distance of most accommodation. We are one block from The Esplanade, two blocks from the Lagoon Pool and an easy 5 mins walk from the Cruise Terminal.

Driving & Parking

The Cairns Aquarium is easily accessible by car however there is no onsite parking. Car parking is available in the surrounding streets, also hourly and daily fees may apply for metered parking.

Bus Drop off

Tour and school buses can drop off passengers in front of The Cairns Aquarium on Florence Street. Please ask our Reservations Coordinator for details when making arrangements for your group.

Public Transport

We have bus services on Lake and Abbott Street, right outside the Aquarium. The Cairns Aquarium is conveniently located in the heart of Cairns, next to Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort and opposite DoubleTree by Hilton.

Aqualuna Restaurant

Aqualuna Restaurant

Aqualuna Restaurant is a contemporary Italian Restaurant that sets a new benchmark in outdoor and indoor dining. The indoor airconditioned Reef Room is like no other dining venue with its own 70,000 Litre Under the Pier Shark Habitat taking centre stage, whilst the outdoor Daintree Deck provides a more relaxed tropical backdrop to enjoy amazing food served by happy, friendly hospitality professionals that want to make your visit memorable. Drink and snack vending machines are available inside the Aquarium however no other food or beverage is permitted inside the Aquarium complex.

Daily talks and presentations

Cairns Aquarium Event times

Enjoy daily talks and presentations provided by our very knowledgeable and entertaining AquaNuts - we call them that because they are crazy about all things aquatic and when you meet them you’ll see and hear that for yourselves!

9:30am: Flooded Billabong River Monsters
River Monsters Amphitheatre (Ground Floor)

10:00am: Terrestrial Encounter Touch and Talk
Wet Tropics Rainforest Zone (Level 1)

10:30am: Ribbon Reef Denizens of the Deep
Deep Reef Amphitheatre (Level 1)

11:00am: Coral Sea Life of Sharks and Rays
Oceanarium (Ground Floor)

11:30am: Open Ocean Curious & Coloured
Coral Sea Amphitheatre (Ground Floor)

1:00pm: Flooded Billabong River Monsters
River Monsters Amphitheatre (Ground Floor)

1:30pm: Terrestrial Encounter Touch and Talk
Wet Tropics Rainforest Zone (Level 1)

2:00pm: Ribbon Reef Denizens of the Deep
Deep Reef Amphitheatre (Level 1)

2:30pm: Marine Encounter Touch and Talk
Marine Touch Pools (Level 1)

3:00pm: Coral Sea Life of Sharks and Rays
Oceanarium (Ground Floor)

4:00pm: Open Ocean Curious & Coloured
Coral Sea Amphitheatre (Level 1)

Cairns Aquarium Tickets Reviews


0 Dave Houlahan

This is a hidden gem in the north. Beautiful displays with a huge variety of land and marine critters as you move through the different environs. It was clean, well organised and staffed by knowledgeable, friendly people. Just a tad pricey I thought going in but well worth it I thought coming out. Hands down the best aquarium I’ve been to in the world.


0 Matt MrMagoo Cornish

One of the best Aquariums in Australia. Rather that just focusing on the biggest and most colourful, the Cairns Aquarium provides visitors with an insight into some of the least recognised and underrated ecosystems in North Queensland. Love the River Monsters display and the freshwater turtle enclosures.

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