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Cairns Aquarium Tickets: General Admission

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  • Connect with the species of The Great Barrier Reef, The Wet Tropics, The Gulf of Savannah, and Cape York at Cairns Aquarium.
  • Boasting over 16,000 animals, this is your opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most fascinating and deadly creatures.
  • This ticket grants you all-day admission (within the working hours of the aquarium), letting you move at your own pace.
  • Enjoy daily ecosystem talks, animal presentations, feeding sessions, and more.
  • This aquarium is equipped with a 10-meter deep reef tank, a 360-degree Oceanarium, a 20-meter underwater tunnel, and a mangrove boardwalk.
  • Notice freshwater fish, pythons, emerald tree monitors, crocodiles, and colorful reef fish swim past you.
  • Compliment your visit with a scrumptious 2-course lunch at Dundee’s restaurant.
  • Delve into the delicious flavors while viewing the restaurant’s 14-meter “Under the Pier” marine tank.
  • You may choose to go al fresco on the Daintree Deck outdoor terrace, where tropical foliage surrounds you.
  • Click here for a look at the menu.

This ticket has the following options that you can choose from:

  • General Admission
  • General Admission with Lunch Combo
  • Infants aged 2yrs and below go free. Children aged 3-14yrs enjoy reduced ticket pricing.
  • Cannot be canceled, amended or refunded.

Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with Optional Dining

Duration: ~2.5 to 4 Hrs
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  • Enter Cairns Aquarium, where you can see the incredible plants, animals, and habitats found only in Australia’s Wet Tropics.
  • Enjoy exclusive after-hours aquarium entry here, and see how marine animals change their behavior as the sun sets.
  • Go on a 2-hour ecologist-guided twilight tour through 10 tropical ecosystems from the rivers to the reef.
  • Admire the Coral Sea’s largest nighttime predators – sharks, rays, groupers, and more at a close distance.
  • A delicious surprise awaits you afterward, with a touch of Cairn's special cuisine!

This ticket has the following variants that you can choose from:

  • Aquarium by Twilight with 3 Course Dinner
  • Aquarium by Twilight with Drinks & Appetiser
  • Aquarium by Twilight + Barrier Reef Seafood Platter
  • Ages 2yrs and below go free. Ages 3-14yrs enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • These prices do not apply to the ticket option: Aquarium by Twilight + Barrier Reef Seafood Platter
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule.

Dive with the Sharks at Cairns Aquarium

Duration: approx. 3 Hrs
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  • Cairns Aquarium provides you the opportunity of a lifetime: diving into a shark tank! Do you dare?
  • As you dive into the habitat of reef sharks and large stingrays, feel at peace with the animals and nature as a whole.
  • Upon arrival, you will undergo a quick medical check before throwing on your scuba equipment.
  • Whether this is your first scuba dive or you’re an experienced diver, this experience is safe and a must-try for all.
  • The experienced dive team on deck will ensure you’re good to go and comfortable breathing underwater beforehand.
  • Dive into the sparkly waters of the reef tank and let the beauty of it all sink in as you come face-to-face with ferocious marine animals.
  • Friends and family can watch you from the dry side of the glass and capture Instagram-worthy shots.
  • Your all-day aquarium pass lets you explore the remainder of the aquarium for as long as you’d like.
  • Aged 14-17yrs enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule.

Cairns Aquarium by Twilight Tour: Ancient Oceans Exhibit

Duration: 4 Hrs
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  • Explore Australia's Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with your friends and family, a fun day out gazing at life underwater!
  • You do not want to miss out on the aquarium's latest exhibition, Ancient Oceans, that focuses on evolutionary changes of aquatic species.
  • On this 2-hour guided tour through the exhibit, you'll look at unique aquatic creatures that call the Wet Tropics of Queensland their home.
  • You'll even learn about the prehistoric ancestors of rainforest species and reefs in this exhibit, a good look at the evolutionary changes from 500 million years ago.
  • Upgrade your ticket to include a 3-course dinner to your experience at Dundee's Restaurant.
  • The Jurassic Platter is one of the restaurant's newest additions, and features a whole lobster, a whopping 1.2-kilo dinosaur rib steak, and delicious sides, and more!
  • A well-matched dining experience is set against a stunning sea-life backdrop, creating the perfect ambiance.

This ticket has the following options you can choose from:

  • Ancient Oceans
  • Ancient Oceans + Jurassic Platter
  • Children aged 3-14yrs and families (2 adults + 2 children) enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • This discount is not applicable for the Jurassic Platter.
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule.

Marine Life Encounter at Cairns Aquarium with Optional Lunch

Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • When visiting Australia's Cairns Aquarium, make the most of your time by booking a Marine Life Encounter!
  • This experience is designed specifically for those interested to get some behind-the-scenes action of the aquarium.
  • An expert ecologist guide will lead you through 9 Tropical North Queensland habitats.
  • You'll walk past freshwater rivers, tropical rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Sea, and much more.
  • Stand on a specially-designed platform and hand-feed Cownose and giant freshwater stingrays while predators of the Coral Sea swarm around you.
  • Upgrade your ticket to include a scrumptious 2-course meal to your experience, at Dundee's Restaurant, the aquarium's beloved restaurant.

This ticket has the following options you can choose from:

  • With Lunch
  • Without Lunch
  • Infants aged 0-2 can go for free. Children aged 3-14 enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule.

Cairns Aquarium Reopens Post-COVID-19

The Prado Museum reopened to the public on 6 June 2020 after almost three months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is important to know that several safety measures have been put in place to enable public safety.

Safety Rules for Visiting Cairns Aquarium

The following public safety measures have been implemented:

  • Hand sanitizer available for visitors and staff to avail 
  • Social distancing must be followed throughout the experience
  • All gear/equipment will be sanitized after each use
  • Contactless payment is preferred over cash
  • All areas will be frequently cleaned and sanitized

Why Visit Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium is home to more than 16,000 species and 10 ecosystems. The three-level facility situated in Queensland holds 71 tanks including Australia’s largest freshwater tank with 400,000 litres of water, deep sea tank as well as a true tidal motion tank. It is the only aquarium that houses endangered or rarely seen endemic species including the emerald tree monitors, Jardine River painted turtles, ribboned pipefish and scalloped hammerhead sharks. 

This 54-million dollar building is also an interactive research and educational center. Step in to gain a one-of-a-kind experience where you’ll get up close and personal to witness some of the wildest creatures of the Great Barrier Reef and the North Queensland Wet Tropics. Read on to find out more about the Cairns Aquarium tickets, timings, highlights and more.

Cairns Aquarium Tickets & Tours

Please keep in mind that few activities and tours have been temporarily suspended as a part of the covid safety guidelines. Primarily there are 3 types of Cairns Aquarium tickets: Admission Ticket, Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with a 3-Course Dinner Pass and Dive with the Sharks Ticket. Learn more about each of them below.

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Cairns Aquarium Admission Ticket

Get to learn all about the different species of The Great Barrier Reef, The Wet Tropics, The Gulf of Savannah and lots more with the Cairns Aquarium admission ticket. You not only gain an all-day access to get up close and personal with over 16,000 marine animals but you also get a chance to discover the ecosystem through various interactive animal presentations and feeding sessions. This experience gives you the option to upgrade your tickets to add a lavish 2-course lunch where you’ll get to indulge in some mouth watering dishes while viewing the restaurant's 14-meter marine tank.

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Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with a 3-Course Dinner

Step into the Cairns Aquarium to discover the exotic plants and animals that can be found only in Australia’s Wet Tropics. Get an exclusive after-hour access where you’ll gain a 2-hour guided twilight tour through 10 tropical ecosystems covering everything from the rivers to the reef. Don’t miss out on witnessing some of the deadly predators including sharks, rays, groupers and plenty more at a close distance. Complete your tour by enjoying a 3-course dinner at Dundee’s restaurant where you can feast on some of the best seafood delicacies in the city. 

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Dive with the Sharks at Cairns Aquarium

Make the most out of your experience at the Cairns Aquarium by diving with the sharks. Following a quick medical check, throw on the scuba equipment to begin your adventurous journey with the fierce marine animals. Your safety will always be the number one priority and this will be ensured by the experienced diving team at all times. Discover the aquatic world at your own pace with this all-day pass where you’d come face-to-face with the sharks as you glide into the reef tank giving a thrilling yet safe experience.

Comparing Cairns Aquarium Ticket Options
Cairns Aquarium Tickets: General Admission
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with Optional Dining
Dive with the Sharks at Cairns Aquarium
Duration

Flexible Hours

Duration

3 Hours 45 Minutes

Duration

3 Hours

Inclusions
  • All-day admission into Cairns Aquarium
  • Access to all shows, presentations & facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Lunch (Optional)
Inclusions
  • Exclusive after-hours aquarium entry
  • 2-hour ecologist guided twilight tour through 10 tropical ecosystems from the rivers to the reef
  • Learn how animal behaviors adapt from day to night
  • See the Coral Sea’s largest nighttime predators – sharks, rays, groupers, and more
  • A drink and appetizer in the Oceanarium
  • Main course and dessert in Dundee’s Restaurant
Inclusions
  • All-day admission into Cairns Aquarium
  • Shark diving experience
Cancellation Policy

Cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled

Cancellation Policy

Cannot be canceled, amended, or rescheduled

Cancellation Policy

Cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled

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What is the Best Way to Purchase Cairns Aquarium Tickets?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is highly recommended to purchase your tickets online before arriving at the venue. Due to the reduced capacity limitation, pre-booked tickets guarantee your entry for the specific date. Moreover, you can avoid standing in long queues to gain direct access providing a hassle-free experience.

Explore Cairns Aquarium

There is a lot to explore as you step into the Cairns Aquarium. Find out everything you need to know before making a visit.

Best Time to Visit Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium welcomes close to 1200 visitors every day. Considering that the aquarium falls among the top destinations in Australia, it is highly recommended to visit earlier during the day to utilize your time in the best way possible. If you’re unable to make it in the morning, you can also choose to visit the aquarium a few hours before the closing period, where you’ll experience a smaller crowd. Weekday visits are advised over weekends to avoid the massive rush at the venue.

Plan Your Visit to Cairns Aquarium

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What are Cairns Aquarium hours?

Cairns Aquarium is open daily from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Last admission is at 2:00 PM.

When is Cairns Aquarium closed?

Cairns Aquarium is open through the year. However, do note that the last entry will be at 2:00 PM after which, visitors will not be entertained.

What is the best time to visit Cairns Aquarium?

It is ideal to visit earlier during the day or a few hours before the closing period to avoid overcrowding at the venue.

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Where is Cairns Aquarium located?

Cairns Aquarium is situated at 5 Florence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
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How do I get to Cairns Aquarium?

Cairns Aquarium is one block away from The Esplanade, two blocks from the Lagoon Pool and approximately a 5-minute walk from the Cruise Terminal. You can also easily access the aquarium by car however, there is no onsite parking facility. Metered parking is available in the surrounding street.

Can I take the bus to Cairns Aquarium?

Yes, Cairns Aquarium has a bus service running 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

What facilities are available at Cairns Aquarium?

Cairns Aquarium offers a wide range of facilities including free WIFI access, gift stores, rental lockers, toilets with change tables and water fountains.

Is Cairns Aquarium wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Cairns Aquarium is fully accessible with elevators, ramps, and accessible washrooms, rentals and welcome accredited Guide/Service Dogs.

Are there dining options at the Cairns Aquarium?

Yes, Dundee's restaurant is situated at the Cairns Aquarium.

Cairns Aquarium FAQs

What are the safety measures and guidelines in place at the Cairns Aquarium?

Several health measures have been implemented to ensure public safety. This includes the use of hand sanitisation with the venue, mandatory need to follow social distancing protocol and the enhancement of regiours cleaning within the aquarium to avoid the spread of any infection.

Are Cairns Aquarium tickets available online now?

Yes. In fact it is advised to book your tickets in advance before visiting the Cairns Aquarium for a hassle free experience. 

What is the cancellation policy for Cairns Aquarium?

These tickets canceled, amended or rescheduled

What are the Cairns Aquarium operating hours?

Cairns Aquarium is open daily from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Last admission is at 2:00 PM

Does Cairns Aquarium tickets offer a dining experience?

Yes, the Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with a 3-Course Dinner pass and the Cairns Aquarium  admission tickets offers a dinner experience.

What are the operating hours for the Dundee's restaurant situated at Cairns Aquarium?

The Dundee's restaurant is open from Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00 AM until late night.
Sunday, 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM

Do you provide any discounts for Cairns Aquarium tickets?

Yes, infants aged 2 years and below can enter Cairns Aquarium for free. Children aged 3-14 years can enjoy reduced ticket pricing.