Cairns Aquarium is fun for all the family.

While you are in Cairns, Stop by and see the Cairns Aquarium.  Home to sixteen thousand animals.  There are exclusive North Queensland habitats to experience animals that live in this region.

Open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm – with the last admission at 2 pm.

An excellent option for a half-day tour, and it is also educational.

The Aquarium features two World Heritage-listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland.

This Aquarium features species and habitats of North Queensland.  Here you can meet all kinds of beautiful creatures, including lizards, snakes and sea stars.

Wander through the many different habitats at your own pace, exploring the other regions.  There is plenty of friendly staff to answer any questions you may have along the way.

North Queensland Habitats

  • Creeks and Streams include brightly coloured crayfish and giant prawns.
  • Tropical Rainforest this section is where you will find lizards, snakes and frogs.
  • Life in the Mangroves provides a safe environment for young reef fish and crabs, and crocodiles.
  • Great Barrier Reef is a kaleidoscope of brightly coloured reef fish and corals.
  • River Systems this display includes gudgeon, catfish and freshwater stonefish.
  • The Coral Sea is home to sharks, coral trout and trevally.
  • Waterways and Billabongs in this exhibit see giant barramundi and mangrove jacks.
  • Forest Floor here is where you will find the insects and spiders.

During your visit, there are fun and informative presentations to enjoy.

For an additional cost, you can experience the exciting virtual submarine!  A journey into the mysterious depths of an underwater world.

There is even more to see when you take the VIP behind The Scenes Tour.

Cairns Aquarium VIP Tour

Discover over 16,000 creatures from the coral reef and rainforest.  Immerse yourself in the five unique habitats.

After this great introduction at the Cairns Aquarium, head out to the Great Barrier Reef to see it all up close and personal!

Lunch or Dinner at the Aquarium

Additionally, you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at Dundee’s Restaurant during your visit to the Cairns Aquarium.

Next, enjoy dinner at the Aquarium, and watch the fish put on a show.  Make sure you make a reservation for the best seats.

Dundee’s cafe at the Aquarium for morning and afternoon tea

Dundee’s Cafe at the Aquarium has a delicious menu of coffee and dessert.

Aquarium Events

Host your next event at the Cairns Aquarium.  This exciting venue can also cater for birthdays, weddings and cocktail parties.

Gift Store

Stop by the gift store to find local quality gifts and handcrafted goods or souvenirs.

Cairns Aquarium features Flooded Billabongs

Home to Freshwater Sawfish, the iconic Barramundi, and Whiptail Ray.

The Rainforest

A rainforest inside an Aquarium?! Spot tropical snakes, Emerald tree Monitors, and Frogs.

The Mangroves

Learn about the fascinating biodiversity of the mangrove habitat. Keep an eye out for baby crocodiles while walking along the boardwalk!

Great Barrier Reef

Next, take in the sheer expanse and beauty of Australia’s only 10-metre deep reef tank!

Coral Sea

Then discover the  20 metre Underwater Viewing Tunnel. They feature a 360° view Oceanarium.

Cairns Aquarium Presentation Times

  • Noon Stat your day in the Ocean Room for the Shark and Ray Feeding presentation
  • 13:00 Next, visit the River Monsters Amphitheater for the River Monsters Presentation
  • 14:00 Then see the Deep Reef Amphitheatre for the  Denizens Of The Deep presentation.
  • ALL DAY Marine Touch Tank, Level 1.


Cairns Aquarium by Twilight

  • 15:45 Arrive at Cairns Aquarium – time to choose your Drink, main and dessert
  • 16:00 Net takes the Ecologist guided twilight tour
  • 17:30 Drink and canapes served in the Oceanarium
  • 18:00 – 19:30 After enjoy dinner and dessert at Dundee’s Restaurant


  • Upgrade and enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch (main meal with a choice of a soft drink OR dessert) at the famous Dundees Restaurant. (NOT available Monday or Tuesday)
  • Coffee, morning and afternoon tea are all available at Dundees Restaurant (NOT open Monday or Tuesday)

The Cairns Aquarium is located right in Cairns’ centre on Abbott Street and Florence Streets.  Opposite the Cairns Tour Booking Centre.


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