Cairns Aquarium, Cairns

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Cairns Aquarium, the first public aquarium built in Australia in 18 years, is home to more than 16,000 specimens and 10 ecosystems. The $54 million, 7,800sq m, three-level facility in Queensland holds 71 tanks including Australia's largest freshwater tank with 400,000 litres of water, a deep sea tank and the world's first true tidal motion tank.

It has 10 lifelike and recreated habitats and is the only aquarium of its type to display endangered or rarely seen endemic species such as the emerald tree monitors, Jardine River painted turtles, ribboned pipefish and scalloped hammerhead sharks.

The aquarium is also an interactive research and education centre and is home to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
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  • Was ok for something to do - good range of fish and animals - not the best enclosures I've seen though - fake plants in all tanks which is a shame 
    Was ok for something to do - good range of fish and animals - not the best enclosures I've seen though - fake plants in all tanks which is a shame  more »
  • As first time visitors to Cairns we decided to go to the Cairns Aquarium which was across the road from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. We had an enjoyable couple of hours viewing all the lovely... 
    As first time visitors to Cairns we decided to go to the Cairns Aquarium which was across the road from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. We had an enjoyable couple of hours viewing all the lovely...  more »
  • We visited shortly before Christmas 2021. Displays were excellent and flora and fauna well maintained. Staff were excellent. There were some interactive Santa shows but as we were from Sydney we kept....  more
    We visited shortly before Christmas 2021. Displays were excellent and flora and fauna well maintained. Staff were excellent. There were some interactive Santa shows but as we were from Sydney we kept....  more »
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  • We spent hours here. Fascinating look at underwater life. Amazing size of some of the tanks. Excellent presentations by aquarium staff. Great to be able to ask questions and find out more. I recommend it for any age group. The touch tank where you can feel some sea creatures is a great idea.
  • Had a lovely morning at the Aquarium with my little grandaughters and mum. A perfect place for children to learn about the sea, fishes and reef. The 4month old was fascinated by the fish in the tanks her first aquatic experience. The 2 yr old loved the diver cleaning the tank, touching the star fish and exploring the underwater areas. As locals and myself a senior we got great discounts. Go explore. Your patronage is greatly needed.
  • Great Aquarium if your staying in Cairns. Short walk from the ferry terminal area. Highly recommend the nocturnal tour + dinner, it's a guided small group tour after the aquarium closes to the public. Make a reservation online via the website. The tour only hits the highlights as it's less than 2 hours, but I think well worth the cost.
  • Fantastic day out for young and old. A lot of thought has gone into the development of this place and it shows. Amazing displays of reef and river fish, reptiles and plants. Guides were highly knowledgeable and obviously love their jobs.
  • This was a great attraction, a little pricey for a family but worth it. Lots to see. Loved the 10m tall aquarium. And the seahorses are so cute. My son loved learning about the shark life cycle and feeling the shark eggs and seeing the baby sharks. Definitely recommend this if your in the area with family or friends or even on your own. :-)

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