Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium: Hours, Address, Cairns Aquarium Reviews: 4.5/5

Cairns Aquarium
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Set in the heart of Cairns, the Cairns Aquarium provides a world-class venue for seeing and interacting with the incredible animals and eco-systems found only in Australia’s Tropical North Queensland, a region which borders two World Heritage-listed environments: The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Explore over 71 different habitats, playing home to over 16,000 animals. Enjoy daily animal talks, shark feeds, and get your hands wet in the marine touch tank! Visit by day and add on a delicious lunch at Dundee's Restaurant, take the plunge as you Dive with the Sharks, or for an exclusve nocturnal experience join us for Aquarium By Twilight with an after-dark guided tour, canapes and drinks in the oceanarium and main with dessert in Dundee's.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Admission tickets
from A$44.00
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brooker36
Pottsville, Australia413 contributions
A great day out.
I must admit that I haven’t been to that many aquariums but I was in a ‘wow’ situation with every step we took. The grandchildren loved the day too. There were areas they could crawl into, areas where we could see the fish over a two storey fish tank. There was a lady talking to the children about shark eggs, there was the seahorse section. Too much to do at once. That’s why your ticket allows you to go in and out as many times in the day. The day is from 10am to 3pm. We paid $132 for the family ticket
Written 11 September 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Wow, thank you so much for your amazing review! We are so glad that you took the time to enjoy everything that our aquarium has to offer and took advantage of coming back for more☺️🐠 Again, your kind words are greatly appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you and your family back soon. 💙
Written 18 September 2021
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Jacqui Alexander
Varsity Lakes, Australia16 contributions
Exceptional and Memorable
Sep. 2021 • Friends
A huge thank you to the staff at the Cairns Aquarium from the lady that greeted us on arrival, to the waiter in the restaurant that served us a drink, to Bec the Tour Guide who made our experience so special. The Cairns Aquarium was just amazing, we went on a guided tour throughout the stunning aquarium, Bec our guide was so lovely, informative, the love she has for what she does and the Great Barrier Reef made it such a special experience. When the tour ended we moved into the Dundee Restaurant for a 3 course meal in front of a huge aquarium, the food and staff was exceptional. So glad we did this, loved everything about it, mainly Bec our Tour Guide as she honestly makes the experience so special and memorable.
Written 10 September 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Thank you so much for your incredible review of our Aquarium by Twilight tour! Your kind words are greatly appreciated and we are so glad that you had such a wonderful experience. We will pass on your kind words to our amazing wildlife educator, Bec, and Dundees as well!😊💙 Thanks for choosing this product and visiting the Cairns Aquarium. Hope to sea you again soon!🐠🦈⭐️
Written 12 September 2021
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Christy P
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
Mesmerisingly beautiful
Sep. 2021
Be sure to listen to the passionate talk given by the young girl who will talk about 'her' sharks, fish and rays .
Written 8 September 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Thanks you so much for your amazing review! We will pass on your kind words to our wildlife education team too!☺️🦈⭐️ Hope to sea you again soon!
Written 12 September 2021
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Jan P
Caloundra22 contributions
Great attraction to visit
Aug. 2021 • Family
This is a family friendly place to visit with attractions to suit all ages. The reason I only gave it 4 stars is because it is expensive. I realise the massive costs involved in maintaining this facility but for 1 concession and 1 child entrance it was $65 which would put it out of reach for many families.
However if it is within financial reach it is definitely worth a visit.
Written 30 August 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Hi Jan! Thanks for your review!😊 Our ticket price is a reflection of the immersive and educational experiences we offer with 16,000 native animals on display across 72 exhibits. We hope you also took advantage of the multi-entry throughout the day!☺️ We try to be as fair as possible with our ticketing in comparison to other aquariums in Australia and to keep our facility maintained as high quality as possible. We are so glad you enjoyed the aquarium and thank you again for your feedback😊
Written 1 September 2021
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petercarpenter2018
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
Spectacular
Aug. 2021
The Cairns Aquarium is fantastic, it is well worth a visit.
From the rain forest to the reef, the variety of life that lives in or near the water is amazing.
They have done a fantastic job of the aquariums and displays that never cease to amaze. We learned a lot about the indigenous inhabitants of the area that was completely new to me, the information supplied was unbelievable. Very well done Cairns Aquarium.
Highly recommended.
Written 29 August 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Thank you so much for your amazing review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your journey through the ecosystems that surround us.💙🌊🐠. Thank you for taking the time to truly appreciate the biodiversity and history that make this part of Australia so special! Your kind words are greatly appreciated, and we can’t wait to see you again here at the Cairns Aquarium⭐️
Written 31 August 2021
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HW08
Port Macquarie, Australia313 contributions
Interesting Aquarium
Jul. 2021
Although most aquariums are similar I always enjoy a visit. A lot bigger than it appeared outside, it was well maintained and included some interesting creatures. Ideal if you have a spare hour or two.
Written 25 August 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Thank you for this lovely review! We’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at the Cairns Aquarium. 😊🐠⭐️
Written 27 August 2021
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JulieK
Sunshine Coast, Australia3 contributions
Aquarium twilight tour with dinner
Aug. 2021 • Couples
Bec was a passionate, informative, knowledgeable and fun guide on our tour yesterday. Thank you Bec. Lovely canapés and dinner after the tour, great steaks.
Written 5 August 2021
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Cairn_Aquarium
Thank you so much for your review of our Aquarium by Twilight tour! We are so glad that you had a wonderful time and will pass on your kind words to our lovely wildlife educator Bec and Dundee’s Restaurant. Hope to sea you again soon! 😊🦈🐢
Written 6 August 2021
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Erika
2 contributions
Cairns Aquarium - a great experience.
Aug. 2021
I really enjoyed the Cairns Aquarium, great experience. I will definitely recommend it to everyone. I very much liked that it showed also the rivers and rainforest animals.
Thank you very much.
Written 5 August 2021
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Cairn_Aquarium
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are glad you enjoyed your journey through the unique ecosystems that surround us here in Tropical North Queensland😊🦎🐠
Written 6 August 2021
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Stuart C
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
Great experience and we'll maintained exibits
Jul. 2021 • Couples
Great experience and highly recommended. We enjoyed the presentions as well as all the fish and reptiles.
Written 2 August 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Thank you so much for your great review! We are so glad that you enjoyed our displays and presentations and hope to sea you again soon😊⭐️🐠🦎
Written 5 September 2021
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Dianne C
Adelaide, Australia4 contributions
An outstanding and memorable experience
Jul. 2021
This was a great experience while on holidays in Palm and Cairns. The Aquarium is outstanding, one of the best we have visited. The customer service is excellent at the Aquarium. The tour with Christine as our tour guide and her knowledgable commentary was brilliant, Christine held our attention the entire time telling her story as we worked our way through the different areas of the Aquarium. We had drinks and nibbles under the sea creature tanks and then enjoyed our main course and dessert in the restaurant. It was a most enjoyable experience overall, one we recommend.
Written 30 July 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Thank you for your review Diane and wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your Aquarium by Twilight experience! we will be sure to pass your lovely comments on to Christine.
Written 2 August 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Cairns Aquarium admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost AU$44.77, while a popular guided tour starts around AU$81.96 per person. See all 10 Cairns Aquarium tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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