Cairns Aquarium is a great all weather venue where you can learn about the Great Barrier Reef and its wonderful marine animals. Rain, hail or shine- nothing is stopping you from seeing sea turtles, sawfish, crocodiles and lots of beautiful coral! Best way to spend couple of hours in air-conditioned comfort. This attraction is within walking distance from most centrally located hotels in Cairns CBD and it is easy to fit it in even if you have the tightest schedule.
Cairns’ newest attraction Cairns Aquarium offers an amazing opportunity to experience the reef and marine life right in the CBD. No matter how unpredictable the weather is in the tropics, Cairns Aquarium is open every day of the week. It has proven to be popular attraction with over 2000 people walking through the doors on the opening day so it is definitely worth to pre-book your ticket to avoid queues at the door.
Children Will Have a Blast
Children love the Cairns Aquarium as there are many interactive experiences such as turtle tunnel, tide pool and touch tank- they will learn so much about the Great Barrier Reef and its inhabitants. There is even a special tank for all the fluorescent marine creatures; it looks like hundreds of Christmas lights have been submerged in the water!
Find Out About Different Ecosystems Importance to the Reef
The Aquarium is divided into different ecosystems and there is a comprehensive gallery about each and every one of them. Expositions start with the river systems, creeks and streams, waterways and billabongs, tropical rainforest and even the forest floor and it is shown how all the previous is connected to the Great Barrier reef.
You will find out about the life in mangroves- who is Mangrove Jack and where the Estuarine Crocodile is hiding. Great Barrier Reef exposition is sure to impress with small and colourful and big and menacing marine creatures. Stingrays, sharks and sawfish are just a few to leave you awestruck.
Learn About the Dangers of the Great Barrier Reef
Perhaps you have a Great Barrier Reef tour planned and you would like to find out about the dangers of the reef before you go?
Don’t worry, there really isn’t that much to be scared of, especially after you learn the simple ways how to protect yourself from the jellyfish.
Find out what shark species you may encounter while snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and how to make an escape when you have angered the Triggerfish.
Finish Your Day at Dundee's Restaurant
Cairns Aquarium has a great on-site restaurant where you can grab a coffee and a cake or more substantial meal.
And the best thing about it- you can still admire fish though the glass while enjoying your meal in the Cairns Aquarium.
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Included in Price
All day admission to Cairns Aquarium
Reef & Rainforest presentations
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1300 761 612
Behind the scenes tour
Open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm - last admission at 4:00pm
Days of Operation
Fitness Level RequiredLow
Children under the age of three years are complimentary. Children aged 3-14 inclusive are eligible for child rates. No child or children aged 14 or under will be admitted to Cairns Aquarium unless they are accompanied by an adult (18 years or over) Each child, or children, must remain under the control or supervision of an adult at all times.
One child travels free as part of a family (2 adults & 2 children)
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Operator’s Cancellation Policy:
RESTAURANT + GUIDED PACKAGES CANCELLATION POLICY: 24 hours’ notice in advance. Within 24 hours may occur 100% cancelation fees.
GROUP CANCELLATION POLICY: Group bookings are required to cancel 72 hours in advance, or 24 hours’ prior for date change, to receive full refund. 100%
cancellation fee will be applied if less than 24 hours’ prior notice is given on any group cancellations. The fee applies to the total value of the booking, this is inclusive
of all booked components.
SLEEP WITH THE SHARK CANCELLATION POLICY: If the sleepover event is cancelled within 7 days or less of the booked date, full fees for the event will be
charged. The fee applies to the total value of the booking, this is inclusive of all booked components. For bookings cancelled between 7 – 14 days 25% of the total
value of the booking will be charged. If more than 14 days’ notice is provided, no cancellation fee will apply.
AQUARIUM ADVENTURE AND SCHOOL GROUP CANCELLATION POLICY: Group bookings are required to cancel 7 days in advance, or 24 hours’ prior for date
change, to receive full refund. 100% cancellation fee will be applied if less than 24 hours’ prior notice is given on any group cancellations. The fee applies to the
total value of the booking, this is inclusive of all booked components.
DIVE WITH THE SHARK CANCELLATION POLICY: To receive a full refund, a 24-hour cancellation policy applies to Cairns Aquarium Dive with the Sharks
experiences. If the dive is cancelled within 24 hours, the following applies:
- Within 24 hours of dive: $99 booking fee will be held
- Failure of dive medical: Forfeit $99 booking fee or reschedule after clearance from a Hyperbaric Doctor
- After Cairns Aquarium entry: Forfeit $99 booking fee + $42 General Admission fee
- After dive-briefing: Non-refundable
Ask us about special group events such as sleepover with sharks!!!
2020 - 20211 Apr 20 - 31 Mar 21
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Information for Disabled Travellers
We are a fully accessible facility with elevators, ramps, accessible washrooms, wheelchair rentals and welcome accredited Guide/Service dogs
Caters for Visually Impaired
Caters for Hearing Impaired
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