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Cairns Aquarium

Home to an astonishing 16,000 specimens and 10 ecosystems, Cairns Aquarium in Australia is the first public aquarium built in 18 years in the country! Cairns Aquarium has 71 tanks including Australia's largest freshwater tank with 400,000 liters of water. With a wide range of endangered and endemic species on display, it is an incredible place to visit, learn from and explore.

Cairns Aquarium Reopens Post-COVID-19

Cairns Aquarium 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.

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

Find out everything you need to know about visiting 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.