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 NZ$46.96
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mattradoslovich
Gawler, Australia1 contribution
Very pleasant and convenient
Nov 2021
I found all staff to be helpful. We arrived a little before 3:45 but just after close. Had to knock on the door with another couple. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Dinner was delightful and appropriate size.
Written 2 December 2021
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Stacey P
1 contribution
Amazing
Dec 2021 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour & our meal at Dundee's. The information was very interesting & the staff lovely.
Written 2 December 2021
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Amanda F
1 contribution
Cairns Aquarium
Nov 2021
Absolutely love the Cairns Aquarium! Caters for all ages, the staff are friendly and informative. Enjoyed reading all of the information and facts on Far North Queensland. Will definitely be back..
Written 28 November 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Thank you for your lovely review 😊⭐️🐠
Written 1 December 2021
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Sharyn C
Brisbane, Australia9 contributions
Worth every cent!
Nov 2021
A fantastic tour, very informative, very entertaining, staff very friendly and knowledgeable. We also booked the seafood dinner and it was very filling and delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire time. Highly recommend this all inclusive tour.
Written 27 November 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Thank you for this lovely review! We’re glad your enjoyed your visit 😊⭐️🐠
Written 1 December 2021
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470sonya
Cairns, Australia5 contributions
A world-class experience
Nov 2021
I've visited the Cairns Aquarium several times since it opened, but this is the first time I've done a tour through the Aquarium, and it was absolutely amazing! Our tour guide was a wealth of information who took the Aquarium experience to the next level. I learned so much! Everybody on the tour was excited and friendly, and to finish the tour with a glass of wine while we watched magnificent rays and sharks gliding over and around us was unforgettable. Then to top it all off, a beautiful meal in Dundees. This is a world-class attraction, and an amazing way to experience it free of the madding crowd.
Written 26 November 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Thank you for this awesome review! We’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed the cairns aquarium by twilight experience 😊🐠⭐️
Written 1 December 2021
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Rudi Engelen
Nerang, Australia15 contributions
A great experience
Nov 2021
The overall Journey through the Aquarium was a highlight for us, to see what they have done is truly remarkable. Although we thought the tour was a bit rushed which was a bit of a let down.. The 3 course meal afterwards was truly magnificent.
Written 26 November 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Thank you for your review 🐠😊
Written 1 December 2021
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Luke C
Hobart, Australia25 contributions
Average
If you've never been to an aquarium before, it's worth checking out. If you have been to an aquarium in a bigger city, I'd give it a miss. It's pretty average
Written 25 November 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Hi, the Cairns Aquarium is set out like no other aquarium in the world, designed to take our guests on a journey from the tops of a waterfall in land, out through the creeks and streams, rivers, through the wet tropics rainforest, mangroves, Great Barrier Reef and then finally into the open ocean at the end. Along the journey our guests get to meet 16 000 animals from this region in North QLD, Australia. We showcase 3 world heritage sites, and provide an immersive educational experience. This is an incredible opportunity to learn about the wildlife and environments local to cairns! We believe for anyone looking to enjoy a world class aquarium experience this is a great place to visit! Thank you for your feedback though 😊🐠
Written 1 December 2021
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foxyvicky2008
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
Twilight 3 course dinner and tour.
Nov 2021
I loved everything about it!!! Totally recommend it. I love the layout of it like it starts off at the rivers,ocean etc. The tour guide that I had she was fantastic!!! And the food was great. But the only thing that was lil disappointing was it wasn't really at twilight.
Written 21 November 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Thank you for your review and feedback! We’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed the aquarium by twilight tour experience 😊🐠⭐️
Written 22 November 2021
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MARK G
Gold Coast, Australia52 contributions
GREAT WALK AROUND AQUARIUM
Oct 2021
We enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the Aquarium and were impressed by the many sea animals. Great exhibits all around us.
Written 21 November 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Thank you for this lovely review! We’re happy to hear you had a great experience with us here at the Cairns Aquarium 😊🐠⭐️
Written 22 November 2021
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Karen S
Queensland, Australia41 contributions
Awesome experience.
Nov 2021
At first, it seemed small and we were rethinking our decision to visit, but the quality of the exhibits, along with the professionalism and knowledge of the staff, made for a wonderful experience.
The massive tank alone was well worth the visit, and hours could have been spent just watching the animals go about their lives.
A must do for anyone interested in nature, and the conservation of our reef.
Written 18 November 2021
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CairnsAquarium
Thank you for this incredible review. We’re so glad you enjoyed your experience. Thank you! 😊🐠⭐️
Written 22 November 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 $46.78, while a popular guided tour starts around $85.65 per person. See all 9 Cairns Aquarium tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

Cairns Aquarium can be crowded, so we recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 9 Cairns Aquarium tickets and tours on Tripadvisor