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Aquarium by Twilight Tour & 3 Course Dinner


As the sun sets on Tropical North Queensland’s mountain ranges, steamy rainforests and shallow reef lagoons stir with life. Reptiles, amphibians, insects and nocturnal fish sense the onset of dusk and emerge from their day time lairs. Brightly coloured Reef fish seek shelter in coral caves as predatory night time sharks, rays and grouper awaken. “Aquarium by Twilight” takes you on an exclusive guided tour to witness this remarkable transition as day slides into sunset. Complete your evening at Dundee’s Restaurant with a perfectly matched dining experience while you enjoy a stunning sea life backdrop.

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Open 365 days a year
9:30am – 3:30pm with last admission at 2:30pm

Visit Australia’s Newest Aquatic Attraction!

Discover our underwater world!

Get up close to the species and eco systems of Tropical North Queensland! On your journey, follow a drop of rain as it descends from the mountainous waterfalls into the freshwater rivers, flowing through the rainforest, across the mangroves into the shallow lagoons of the Great Barrier Reef and finally into the depths of the Coral Sea. Discover animal presentations, habitat talks, a marine touch pool and daily shark and ray feeds.

Learn about the biodiversity of life on the Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest, on a personally guided behind the scenes Marine Life Encounter Tour including a visit to see the animals being cared for at the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and the opportunity to hand feed our gentle Cownose Rays.

By Twilight, join Cairns’ best evening experience on an exclusive guided after hours tour with a wildlife educator, gaining an understanding into the animals’ nocturnal behaviours.  Conclude your tour with an optional 3 Course dinner at Dundee’s Restaurant which has a stunning sea life backdrop.

What our visitors are saying

"This was an opportunity to learn about the ecosystems surrounding the Cairns area. Everything from bugs to the reef, lizards, and snakes. Topped off by a very tasty seafood platter. As good as everything was, it was the energy and the knowledge of our tour guide that made the evening special Thank you Sharney."

Trevor C. | TripAdvisor

"Aquarium is a lovely place to visit, we went with adult children and young grandchildren, oldest is 3. Well laid out and has a large amount of fish. Exhibits are very modern and colourful, our grandchildren ,although young enjoyed it immensely, we watched the shark and ray feeding the guide was very informative in a fun way. Very enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours."

Margaret2567 | TripAdvisor

"We have visited the Cairns Aquarium at least 5 times since it's opening. THe first year we had a local's multitrip card, and this year we have not renewed it, but have visited at least 2 times. There is lots to see and do around the aquarium. Although not a full day of activities for small kids, you could definitely fill an afternoon before a flight or morning before checking into your hotel."

Alyce | TripAdvisor

"We were recommended the tour with dinner at Dundee's by friends and glad I took their advice, our guide Daniel was excellent and the tour rather than just wandering was much more enjoyable, coupled with dinner was a great choice, the seafood was top notch, everything else being served looked awesome as well, add this to your list for an enjoyable evening!"

Sean H. | TripAdvisor

"What a great little aquarium! I was so surprised the place was super quiet, usually at aquariums you're trying to duck and weave through a heap of other tourists. This was a much better experience without the crowds. I spent a good 2 hours slowly making my way around and taking the time to learn, take photos and be mesmerised by all the fish and other species."

LeahEM | TripAdvisor