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As the only aquarium in the world dedicated exclusively to the habitats and species of tropical North Queensland, the Cairns Aquarium connects visitors with the natural wonders of The Great Barrier Reef, The Wet Tropics, The Gulf Savannah and Cape York regions. With over 16,000 animals and unique opportunities to move up close to some of the world’s most fascinating, elusive or deadly creatures, every visit is unforgettable. Find everything you need to plan your visit to the Aquarium here, including general facility and accessibility information, operating hours and how to find us.

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Plan ahead and Buy your tickets in advance online.


Adult  $42
Child  $28
Concession  $34
Family 2A + 2C  $126

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General Admission

The Cairns Aquarium is suited to people of all ages and interests. Come and be inspired by our incredible marine life and help us support the research and conservation programs we undertake to protect the amazing natural assets on our doorstep. Tickets can be purchased in person at General Admission, and Online. All rates quoted include 10% GST.

  • Adult (15 years +) - $42
  • Child (3-14 years) - $28
  • Senior/Concession - $34
  • Family* (2 Adults + 2 Children) - $126
  • Additional Child on Family* - $25.20
  • Infant under 3 years - Free


  • All day admission to Cairns Aquarium
  • 10 Tropical North Queensland eco systems and 71 habitats
  • River Monsters, Denizens of the Deep, Life of Sharks & Rays and Curious & Coloured Presentations
  • Habitat Talks, Animal Feeds and Terrestrial & Marine Encounter Touch Tanks


General Admission Terms and Conditions: 

  • Concession rates are available to Senior Citizens, Students, Pensioners and disabled visitors upon presentation of a recognised Seniors, Student, Pension or Carers Card. Note: Health Care Cards are not accepted as a Concession.
  • All Children (0 - 14 years) must be accompanied by an adult
  • All children must be from the same family. Proof of family connection may be requested at entry. 



Lunch & Admission Packages

Enhance your experience with additional savings.


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Value Add Packages

Enjoy admission to the Cairns Aquarium and a two-course lunch with drink at Dundee's Restaurant.


Please note, Admission and Lunch Packages are not available on Mothers Day (Sunday the 12th of May 2019) and all meal bookings need to be made directly with Dundee's Restaurant on (07) 4276 1855


Adult Admission and Lunch $69.00

Concession Admission and Lunch $61.00

Child Admission and Lunch $48.00



When one visit is not enough, consider a multi-day annual pass or buy one as a unique and exciting gift for a friend.

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Annual Pass

When you know that one visit to Cairns Aquarium is not enough then consider an Annual Pass for yourself, or perhaps an Annual Pass Gift Voucher for a nature lover you know. With guaranteed entry for 365 days of the year, special discounts for accompanying friends and relatives, quarterly member only offers and regular newsletters to keep you up to date with what’s happening in our world there are plenty of reasons why an Annual Pass is great value. Buy your Annual Pass Here.



Annual Pass Price

  • Single Adult $93.00
  • Single Child $62.00
  • Senior/Concession $70.00
  • Family* (2 adults + 2 children) $277.00
  • Family* (2 adults + 1 child) $222
  • Single Family* (1 adult + 2 children) $194.00
  • Additional Child on Family* $55.45
  • Infant under 3 years - Free


 *All children must be from the same family. Proof of family connection may be requested at entry.



Annual Pass Benefits

  • Free admission for the Pass Holder for one year
  • 10% off normal entry for your family and friends when they visit with them (excludes Family Passes)
  • 10% off Sea Explorer 5D 
  • 10% off Double Discovery Tours
  • 10% off Dive with the Sharks Experience
  • 10% off all gift shop merchandise
  • 10% off food only at Dundee’s Restaurant
  • Access to Member only offers and Newsletters throughout the year

Annual Pass Terms & Conditions

  • Annual Passes for first-time members are available for purchase at Cairns Aquarium admissions or online
  • Renewing members must renew their annual pass with the Admissions Team at Cairns Aquarium to receive their 10% discount
  • Annual Passes are valid for 12 months from date of purchase
  • An Annual Pass Photo ID will be taken on your first visit and stored digitally with member data
  • Only the person whose photo is attached to the Annual Pass will be provided entry on presentation of an Annual Pass
  • Customer details are used only by Cairns Aquarium and are not given to third parties
  • Annual Passes cannot be purchased through third party ticket resellers
  • Annual Passes are not refundable, non-transferable and are not to be used in conjunction with any other offers, school visits or functions. 
  • Concession rates are available to Senior Citizens, Students, Pensioners and disabled visitors upon presentation of a recognised Seniors, Student, Pension or Carers Card. Note: Health Care Cards are not accepted as a Concession.
  • All Children (0 - 14 years) must be accompanied by an adult

Group Enquiries

Enjoy great savings when booking a party of fifteen or more with our group tickets.

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Group Sales

For group savings for parties of 15 people+ please contact our Reservations Department on or phone us on +61 7 4044 7300 as we would love to help.


Everything you need to have an amazing visit

We offer a range of services and facilities at the Cairns Aquarium so that you can focus on enjoying your visit and interacting with the amazing animals on display. Whether you’re wanting to learn more about the incredible reef and rainforest creatures, or you need to find that perfect gift for a loved one, or you just need to stop and enjoy a meal or beverage, we have your needs covered.



We are a fully accessible facility with elevators, ramps, accessible washrooms, wheelchair rentals and welcome accredited Guide/Service Dogs.

Free WiFi

Free WiFi

We love it when guests share their photos of their experience and to facilitate that free WiFi is available throughout the building.

Gift Store

Gift Store

Tropical Treasures offers a vast range of quality gifts and handcrafted goods sourced locally by suppliers who support our conservation efforts.



We offer a number of services to ensure that your visit is convenient, including small rental lockers, toilets with change tables and water fountains.

Open Everyday

365 days of the year

9am - 5pm 

Last admissions 4pm

Gift Vouchers

For the Nature lover in your family there is no better gift than access to all the wonder of the Cairns Aquarium, whether it’s a voucher for admission or a gift that will bring happy memories forever, we have a Gift Voucher to suit.


Food and Beverage


Dundee's at the Cairns Aquarium offers a unique and memorable dining experience that lets people enjoy their favourite Dundee's cuisine while watching schools of fish and sharks swim past in the 70,000L "Under the Pier" aquatic display.

Opening hours:

Breakfast 8am-11am, Lunch 11:30am-3pm, Dinner 5:30pm to late

Cafe/Snack Bar 8am-5pm

Cocktail Bar 10am to late


Food and Beverage

Located in the very heart of Cairns

The Cairns Aquarium is located in the very heart of Cairns, there are many ways of getting to the Aquarium: you can walk, bike, bus, or drive to the facility with ease. 5 Florence St Cairns, Queensland, 4870 Australia



Cairns Aquarium is within easy walking distance of most accommodation. We are one block from The Esplanade, two blocks from the Lagoon Pool and an easy 5 mins walk from the Cruise Terminal.



The Cairns Aquarium is easily accessible by car however there is no onsite parking. Car parking is available in the surrounding streets, also hourly and daily fees may apply for metered parking.

School Drop Off

Drop Off

Tour and school buses can drop off passengers in front of The Cairns Aquarium on Florence Street. Please ask our Reservations Coordinator for details when making arrangements for your group.

Public Transit

Public Transit

We have bus services 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.


Birthdays, banquets, weddings, product launches, charity events, cocktail parties and more can be catered for by Dundee's Restaurant...


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Media & News

Stay up-to-date with what we are up to at Cairns Aquarium and the latest discussions and current events relevant to the marine world...