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Cairns Aquarium

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Closed Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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“annual pass”(11 reviews)
The Cairns Aquarium is a public aquarium that provides a world class venue for seeing and interacting with the incredible plants, animals, and habitats found only in Australia’s Tropical North Queensland, a region which borders two World Heritage...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
5 Florence St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4044 7300
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All reviewsfishannual passbehind the scenestouch tankentry pricelarge tanksmarine lifesharks and raysdeep reefinteractive displaysthe great barrier reefon displayfar north queenslandcouple of hoursgreat visitfew hoursrainy day
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Reviewed yesterday

We had a spare day to wander Cairns so we thought we would visit the aquarium. We have visited lots of aquariums around the world so thought we were doing more of the same. However, we were pleasantly surprised with this one. The staff at...More

Thank Lorraine L
Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent over 4 hours at the aquarium and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We got there just after 9am (recommended) so we could catch all of the talks given by various staff members, all of which were without exception entertaining and informative. The support staff...More

Thank stevenl0ckw00d
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited in May with family and found the aquarium to be a gem. Recently returned to do the behind the scenes tour which was an amazing experience with a guided tour by Cameron. Very informative and well laid out with lots of different displays...More

Thank deniseharvey
Reviewed 3 days ago

Superb aquarium experience. We have visited a number around NZ and Australia, and this hands down had to be the best. With it being so new, it still feels really clean, tidy and looked after. The layout is well thought out and the flow and...More

1  Thank Adam L
Reviewed 4 days ago

The aquarium is an absolute joy. The displays are very imaginative and well-kept. The huge tank houses sharks, rays and all manner of smaller fish - an ever changing scene. A delight for the whole family.

Thank qaatalia
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Fantastic to hear qaatalia. Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed this much more than the aquarium in Townsville because more opporutnities for kids to walk around and touch and learn here. Also the parents could read and learn a few things too! Only thing missing is a cafe suitable for young families for...More

Thank Team-NC D
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the review Team-NC D. We're glad you and the kids enjoyed your visit. We appreciate your suggestion regarding the cafe inside the aquarium. Whilst we do provide vending machines for a light snack during the journey, and Aqualuna Restaurant is located just...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

A wonderful collection of mainly freshwater species. The exhibits are well laid out, with good information and photos of most of the creatures on display in each tank. It is the best collection of Australian freshwater fish I have seen. The coral reef exhibit is...More

Thank Peter R
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you Peter. Great to hear you enjoyed the freshwater exhibits. We also hope you enjoyed the journey through the salt water mangroves, great barrier reef and coral sea zones. Thank you for sharing your review, we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Cairns aquarium may not be the largest, but definitely the most unique and interesting. Recommend going for the morning opening to beat the crowd.

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Thank kirillt234
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the support kirillt234, we really appreciate it. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Really loved our visit here! We went to the aquarium in Sydney a few months ago. This was even better! I liked the way it was laid out so its nearly impossible to miss anything. I liked that there were several large tanks with many...More

Thank Laura L
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review Laura. It's great to hear you and the kids loved your visit. We hope to welcome you back next time you're in town.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being brand new we expected good things from cairns aquarium and we weren't disappointed. Exhibits were designed great for both the animals and for good viewing. I was impressed to see animals not exhibited anywhere else like the australian freshwater saw fish. Exhibits were impeccably...More

Thank Nathan M
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Wow, thank you Nathan. Its fantastic to hear you enjoyed your experience as much as you did. We really appreciate your support and hope to see you again in the future.

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15 January 2018|
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Response from CairnsAquarium | Property representative |
Hello. Aqualuna restaurant opens at 7am for breakfast. Thank you.
Gareth H
Good afternoon. Im looking forward to bringing my family to your aquarium while we're on holiday in Cairns from Melbourne, but I've been seeing news stories down here about the high amount of aquatic deaths in your aquarium. Can you please tell me, are the articles I've read about the deaths of the Maori Rasse, Potato Cods, Leopold shark, countless tropical fish, rare lizards, pythons and of course Australias first captive Hammerhead sharks true or are they all still there alive and well? I just don't want the kids to be disappointed or have to explain about "fish heaven" let alone justify to the wife how an institute that claims to support the preservation of the reef and marine life can kill over $350,000 worth of fish and reptiles in less than 4 months. Thank you very much. Concerned Aquadad.
9 December 2017|
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Response from Gareth H |
Thanks for your replies everyone. I really appreciate your time and help but unfortunately SOME of the reports I'd heard turned out to be correct. I was hopeful but quietly pessimistic when we arrived in Cairns and entered... More
30 September 2017|
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Response from CairnsAquarium | Property representative |
Hello. Apologies for the delayed reply. We will be open Christmas Day. We are open 365 days of the year. Thank you.