Experience something amazing

Every day at Cairns Aquarium we provide visitors with guaranteed interaction with some of the rarest and most elusive animals on earth. The incredible biodiversity of the two adjoining World Heritage listed areas, The Wet Tropics and The Great Barrier Reef provides the cast for a show stopping spectacle of colour, shape and movement that you will never see in another single location anywhere else in the world. 15,000 animals from 10 different ecosystems and 71 habitats across Tropical North Queensland are less than a hand span away and their ever-changing activities and behaviours will keep you mesmerised every time you visit.

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Experience

What’s On at Cairns Aquarium

Enjoy daily talks and presentations provided by our very knowledgeable and entertaining AquaNuts - we call them that because they are crazy about all things aquatic and when you meet them you’ll see and hear that for yourselves!

  • Flooded Billabong River Monsters9:30amRiver Monsters Amphitheatre (Ground Floor)
  • Terrestrial Encounter Touch and Talk10:00amWet Tropics Rainforest Zone (Level 1)
  • Ribbon Reef Denizens of the Deep10:30amDeep Reef Amphitheatre (Level 1)
  • Coral Sea Life of Sharks and Rays11:00amOceanarium (Ground Floor)
  • Open Ocean Curious & Coloured11:30amCoral Sea Amphitheatre (Ground Floor)
  • Flooded Billabong River Monsters1:00pmRiver Monsters Amphitheatre (Ground Floor)
  • Terrestrial Encounter Touch and Talk1:30pmWet Tropics Rainforest Zone (Level 1)
  • Ribbon Reef Denizens of the Deep2:00pmDeep Reef Amphitheatre (Level 1)
  • Marine Encounter Touch and Talk2:30pmMarine Touch Pools (Level 1)
  • Coral Sea Life of Sharks and Rays3:00pmOceanarium (Ground Floor)
  • Open Ocean Curious & Coloured4:00pmCoral Sea Amphitheatre (Level 1)

See Creatures You’ve Never Seen Before

Your journey through the Cairns Aquarium follows a drop of rain as it descends from the tropical rainforest covered range, to join creeks, streams and rivers before travelling through the rainforest, across the mangrove flats and coral reef systems before entering the Coral Sea. 10 North Queensland ecosystems and 71 habitats have been meticulously researched so that these natural environments could be recreated in Cairns Aquarium to ensure the ongoing health and longevity of the species on display.

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Touch and Talk

Taking a closer look has its rewards; you might see something you’ve never noticed before but to really understand the incredible adaptations and behaviours of these creatures you should attend one of the scheduled daily presentations or talks from one of our incredibly knowledgeable AquaNuts.


Seeing is believing but touching creates a lasting impression that will be long remembered. That’s why we have two Touch Tanks in Cairns Aquarium where, under our AquaNuts supervision, you can touch incredible creatures from the rainforest and the reef. Lizards, sea stars, sea cucumbers and a host of delicate sea creatures are keen to make your acquaintance so you will love them and want to protect them... just like we do.

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Behind the Scenes

Cairns Aquarium is designed for close viewing of reef and rainforest animals but behind the scenes there is so much more to explore and discover. Behind The Scenes Tours allow you to see what makes the aquarium tick and how we take care of the precious animals that call the Aquarium home. Check out our daily schedule when you arrive to see if tours are scheduled for that day.


Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Tours

Take a guided, educational tour into the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre at Cairns Aquarium. Get a behind the scenes look at the turtle hospital facility where sick and injured marine turtles can be cared for and rehabilitated. Check out our daily schedule when you arrive to book your tour.


VIP Platinum Pass

Experience the thrill of feeding our Cownose Rays on our NEW VIP Platinum tour. These gentle creatures have bellies as soft as giant marshmallows - feel it for yourself as you hand feed them squid (their fav food!) now at Cairns Aquarium!

Inclusions:

2 hour Personally Guided Tour with your Aquanut host including exclusive entry from 8am to 9am, Behind the Scenes and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre tours, Mangrove Fish Scatter Feeding, Cownose Stingray Feeding (age limit of 12yo applies), Reptile Interaction, Two-course lunch with drink*, Front of House Interaction, souvenir gift to take home.

Adult: $149

Child: $113

Bookings by enquiry only. Please email our friendly reservations team at reservations@cairnsaquarium.com.au with your preferred date!

Minimum of 2 guests and maximum of 4 guests. Pass includes All Day General Admission.

*Please be advised the two-course lunch is currently unavailable as the restaurant is temporarily closed for renovation. A gift card of equivalent value from the Cairns Aquarium Retail Store will be offered to visitors in place of the two-course meal.

Gold Pass

On a time limit but still want to see everything? Check out our new Gold Passes today!

Inclusions:

1.5 hour Personally Guided Tour including exclusive early entry from 8am to 9am, Behind the Scenes and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre tours, Mangrove Fish Scatter Feeding and Front of House interaction. 

Adult $99

Child $77

 

Bookings by enquiry only. Please email our friendly reservations team at reservations@cairnsaquarium.com.au with your preferred date!

Minimum of 2 guests and maximum of 6 guests. Pass includes All Day General Admission.

 

Upcoming promotions and events

Here you can find a range of calendar events at or around Cairns Aquarium so you can plan you next trip.

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Celebrate

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

Conserve

We exist to inspire people all over the world to respect, protect and conserve the Great Barrier Reef and the North Queensland tropical rainforest...

Learn

The Cairns Aquarium is a place of learning, fun and discovery! Encourage students’ innate curiosity for the amazing creatures of the Great Barrier Reef and the ..

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...