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Experience Tropical Queensland

Every day at Cairns Aquarium, we provide visitors with guaranteed interaction with some of the rarest and most elusive animals on earth.

Immense Biodiversity

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.

16,000 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.

Cairns Aquarium – Behind the Scenes

What’s On at Cairns Aquarium

In the interest of our customers, staff and following restrictions on non-essential gatherings, presentations have been temporarily unavailable.

Marine Encounter Touch and Talk: 10:00am – 3:00pm Marine Touch Pools (Level 1)

Coral Sea Life of Sharks and Rays: 11:00am Oceanarium (Ground Floor)

Curious & Coloured: 12:00pm Coral Sea Amphitheatre (Ground Floor)

Flooded Billabong River Monsters: 1:00pm River Monsters Amphitheatre (Ground Floor)

Ribbon Reef Denizens of the Deep: 2:00pm Deep Reef Amphitheatre (Level 1)

See Things 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.

Touch & 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 an amazing Touch Tank in Cairns Aquarium where, under our AquaNuts supervision, you can touch incredible creatures from the ocean. 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.

Packages & Experiences

Double Discovery Tour

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! This tour includes two components: a visit to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and a Behind the Scenes Tour.

See where sick and injured marine turtles can be cared for and rehabilitated, find out 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.

Sea Explorer 5D (temporarily unavailable)

An exciting, virtual submarine journey into the ocean depths! Follow your Captain into the submarine simulator and hold on tight while sailing through the animated, underwater world of our Polar and Deep Sea regions.

A family friendly experience – fantastic for the kids (5yo+) and a bit of fun for the adults! Check out the tour times with our friendly admissions team on arrival.

VIP Platinum Pass (temporarily unavailable)

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!


2 hour Personally Guided Tour with your Aquanut host including a Behind the Scenes 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

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

Gold Pass (temporarily unavailable)

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


1.5 hour Personally Guided Tour including exclusive Behind the Scenes tour, Mangrove Fish Scatter Feeding and Front of House interaction.

Adult: $99

Child: $77

Click here to book.

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