Cairns Aquarium Day Pass | $ 37 | Save $5

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Cairns Aquarium is Australia’s newest and most spectacular aquarium.
Cairns Aquarium is Australia’s newest and most spectacular aquarium.

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Dive with the Sharks | $ 299

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Dive with the Sharks
Dive with the Sharks

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Cairns Aquarium by Night with 3 course Dinner | $ 125

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Aquarium by Night with 3 course dinner
Aquarium by Night with 3 course dinner

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Aquarium by Night with Barrier Reef Seafood Platter | $ 149

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Aquarium by Night with Barrier Reef Seafood Platter
Aquarium by Night with Barrier Reef Seafood Platter

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Cairns Aquarium | 1.5 Hour Guided Tour | $ 99

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Cairns Aquarium | 1.5 Hour Guided Tour
Cairns Aquarium | 1.5 Hour Guided Tour

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Cairns Aquarium & Lunch at Dundee's Restaurant | $ 69

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Cairns Aquarium & Lunch at Dundee's Restaurant
Cairns Aquarium & Lunch at Dundee's Restaurant

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Cairns Aquarium & Outer Barrier Reef in a day | $ 292

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Cairns Aquarium & Outer Barrier Reef in a day
Cairns Aquarium & Outer Barrier Reef in a day

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Cairns Aquarium, Hartleys Crocodile & Tjapukai with Transfers | $ 270

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Cairns Aquarium, Hartleys & Tjapukai Package
Cairns Aquarium, Hartleys & Tjapukai Package

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Cairns Aquarium + Kuranda Train & Skyrail | $ 194

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Cairns Aquarium + Kuranda Skyrail & Train + Transfers
Cairns Aquarium + Kuranda Skyrail & Train + Transfers

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Cairns Aquarium & City Sights Tour | $ 156

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Aquarium + City Sights Tour
Aquarium + City Sights Tour

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About Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium

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.

Follow the journey of a drop of rain as it descends from the mountain ranges down into rivers and streams, through the rainforest, across the mangroves, into the shallows of the reef and finally into the depths of the Coral Sea. 

Travel through ten amazing North Queensland ecosystems with over 70 different habitats showcasing the stunning diversity of the species from two world heritage listed areas – the wet tropics rainforest and the great barrier reef.  Guests will have guaranteed interaction with the spectacular beauty of over 15,000 aquatic animals without the need to get wet or even leave the city!

Ticket Inclusions

  • 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

Cairns Aquarium ​Times

Cairns Aquarium Open times

​Hours of operation:  

The Cairns Aquarium is open every day from 9:00am - 5:00pm 
Last admissions are at 4pm.

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, Australia

Getting To the Cairns Aquarium

Getting To the Cairns Aquarium

On Foot

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.

Driving & Parking

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.

Bus 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 Transport

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.

Dive with the Sharks

Dive with the Sharks

Dive with the Sharks is an experience for everyone, whether you are a certified diver or have never breathed underwater before, you can take the plunge into the Cairns Aquarium Reef Tank!

Your Dive with the Sharks experience begins at 12:00pm with a medical check, then our experienced dive team will ensure that you are comfortable with the SCUBA equipment and breathing underwater, before it’s time to dive into Cairns Aquarium’s underwater world!

Family and friends can watch from the dry side of the glass plus you can enjoy all-day admission at the aquarium; a chance to get acquainted with the rest of our animals and eco systems.

Dive With The Sharks includes

  • Introduction to Scuba Dive brief and training session (approx. 90 minutes)
  • Dive experience in the Dive Tank with the sharks, stingrays and other Coral Sea creatures. (approx. 30 minutes)
  • All required diving equipment and wet suit
  • Dive with the Sharks Certificate of completion
  • All day general admission entry to the Cairns Aquarium 

What to bring:

  • Towel
  • Swimwear

Daily talks and presentations

Cairns Aquarium Event times

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!

9:30am: Flooded Billabong River Monsters
River Monsters Amphitheatre (Ground Floor)

10:00am: Terrestrial Encounter Touch and Talk
Wet Tropics Rainforest Zone (Level 1)

10:30am: Ribbon Reef Denizens of the Deep
Deep Reef Amphitheatre (Level 1)

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

11:30am: Open Ocean Curious & Coloured
Coral Sea Amphitheatre (Ground Floor)

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

1:30pm: Terrestrial Encounter Touch and Talk
Wet Tropics Rainforest Zone (Level 1)

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

2:30pm: Marine Encounter Touch and Talk
Marine Touch Pools (Level 1)

3:00pm: Coral Sea Life of Sharks and Rays
Oceanarium (Ground Floor)

4:00pm: Open Ocean Curious & Coloured
Coral Sea Amphitheatre (Level 1)


News By Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium opens new turtle rehabilitation facility

Cairns Aquarium turtle rehabilitation facility

By Cairns Aquarium

10 Sep 2019

June 16th, is World Sea Turtle Day, a day that recognises and celebrates these amazing, but highly threatened, marine creatures. It is also a fitting day for Cairns Aquarium to launch a new marine turtle rehabilitation facility that provides the final stage of the rehabilitation processes carried out by the dedicated volunteers at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (CTRC), prior to the release of the turtles back into the ocean where they were found.



Cairns Aquarium Reviews

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Dave Houlahan

This is a hidden gem in the north. Beautiful displays with a huge variety of land and marine critters as you move through the different environs. It was clean, well organised and staffed by knowledgeable, friendly people. Just a tad pricey I thought going in but well worth it I thought coming out. Hands down the best aquarium I’ve been to in the world.

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Matt MrMagoo Cornish

One of the best Aquariums in Australia. Rather that just focusing on the biggest and most colourful, the Cairns Aquarium provides visitors with an insight into some of the least recognised and underrated ecosystems in North Queensland. Love the River Monsters display and the freshwater turtle enclosures.


Cairns Aquarium

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. 5 Florence St, Cairns City QLD 4870


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