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Function Venues in Cairns

The Cairns Aquarium is a unique and captivating venue for any celebration!

The Perfect Venue

Surrounded by the spellbinding majesty of the creatures from the reef and rainforest, guests will enjoy contemporary, Australian cuisine, fine wines and the highest levels of personalised service in a setting like no other. Menu options include cocktail, plated or banquet and beverage packages, and can be enhanced with guided tours, Turtle Hospital tour and personalised, underwater diver held signage.

Birthdays, banquets, weddings, product launches, charity events, cocktail parties and more can be catered for by Dundee’s Restaurant. You are spoilt for choice with five unique venues to choose from – each with their own highly themed habitats, animals and visual backdrops that make this dining experience so memorable.

Choices include Dundee’s Restaurant or for the ultimate wow factor there is nothing that compares to the Ocean Room in the heart of the aquarium.

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Our Venue Spaces

You are spoilt for choice with our unique venues, each with their own themed habitats, animals and visual backdrops that make your experience memorable.

Oceanarium & Deep Reef Rooms

For a surreal, extra-sensory dining experience, nothing compares to the magnificent 1.5 million litre Oceanarium, linked through a 20m underwater tunnel to Australia’s only 10 mere tall Deep Reef tank – this space takes Wow to a whole new level!

  • Capacity: Seated 120 guests – 50 in Oceanarium, 60 in Deep Reef + 10 in Underwater Tunnel. Cocktail 200 guests – roaming throughout the whole area.
River Room

Inspired by flooded billabongs and native gum trees on the nearby Tablelands and Gulf Savannah, this event space is as enchanting and rare as the species that live there. Enjoy views of freshwater Whiptail Rays, Barramundi and Mangrove Jack in our 400,000 litre, 13 metre long “River Monsters” aquarium while you dine under the gum trees.

  • Capacity: Seated 60 guests. Cocktail 100 guests.
Dundee’s Restaurant

Dundee’s at the Cairns Aquarium offers a contemporary and innovative dining experience with its own 70,000 litre marine aquarium. The tank provides a mesmerising encounter of aquatic life, creating the backdrop for a truly unique setting. Options include sole use or terrace only.

  • Capacity: Seated 107 guests. Cocktail 150 guests.

A Beautiful Backdrop for Proposals & Weddings

Want to create a unique and unforgettable proposal experience like no other? Pop the question with the help from our expert divers, who will hold up a “Will You Marry Me?” sign. Complete your experience with a romantic table for two ‘under the sea’ where we will have roses, a bottle of champagne and chocolates waiting for you. For more information, or to book your proposal package, contact [email protected]

Or perhaps you’re planning your dream wedding? There is no other wedding venue in the world that will provide you with the backdrop of stunning and spectacularly-themed tropical North Queensland habitat zones, magical marine and rainforest creatures and exclusive spaces for dining and entertaining your guests in one central, air conditioned city location. Contact the Cairns Aquarium at [email protected] to see how they can make your special day even more memorable.

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Cairns Aquarium "Ocean Room"

For a surreal, extra sensory dining experience nothing compares to the Ocean Room. Surrounded by sharks, stingrays and the tropical beauty of the fish of the Coral Sea that inhabit the 1.8million litre oceanarium this is the most stunning underwater backdrop imaginable.

Capacity: 50 Seated 80 Cocktail.

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Cairns Aquarium "River Room"

A function space as rare as the species that live here, the River Room is home to the River Monsters. Pre-historic Freshwater Sawfish, giant WhipTail Rays, Barramundi and Mangrove Jack will gracefully glide past the large 7 metre viewing panel while you dine.

Capacity: 60 Seated 100 Cocktail.

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Dundee's "Daintree Deck"

The outdoor Daintree Deck recreates the beauty and diversity of the Daintree Rainforest. With uninterrupted views of our shark tank this really is where the reef and rainforest meet to eat.

Capacity: 120 Seated 170 Cocktail.

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Dundee's "Reef Room"

Dine in air-conditioned comfort in the Under the Pier themed Reef Room with its own 13.5 metre, 70,000 litre shark tank.

Capacity: 80 Seated 130 Cocktail.

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Dundee's Restaurant

For larger groups or exclusive use we offer both the Daintree Deck and the Reef Room together. Combine the magic of the reef and rainforest whilst you enjoy our unique regional fare.

Capacity: 200 Seated 300 Cocktail.

Corporate and Private Functions

Make your guests feel very important with an exclusive, private guided tour of the aquarium after hours. That’s what will set your function apart from the ordinary. Add great food, professional friendly service in a unique location and we know your guests will take home great memories.

All enquiries to Cairns Aquarium Events Team at [email protected]

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