Set in the heart of the Cairns CBD just one block from the famous Esplanade, the Cairns Aquarium is a world-class attraction home to over 16,000 aquatic animals showcased across 11 zones and 9 key ecosystems. A great way to escape the heat or a tropical shower, the three-level landmark allows visitors to get up close and personal to the animals and habitats that are endemic to Tropical North Queensland.
Highlighting the plants and animals of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest, the Cairns Aquarium is a celebration of the only two adjoining World Heritage protected areas in the world. Visitors of all ages will marvel at the opportunity to see freshwater fish, colourful reef fish, sharks, rays, crocodiles, pythons and more.
Boasting Australia's largest freshwater exhibit, the Cairns Aquarium also features the country's only 10 m Deep Reef Tank, 20 m underwater tunnel, 360-degree Oceanarium and a mangrove boardwalk. Included in admission are daily animal presentations, ecosystem talks, marine touch tank shows and live diver feeds. When the family needs feeding, there's also the onsite Dundees restaurant for a quick bite, main meal, cocktails and refreshments.
Aquarium by Twilight: As the sun goes down in Tropical North Queensland, balmy rainforests and reef lagoons stir with life. Amphibians, insects, reptiles and nocturnal fish sense the onset of night and emerge from their daytime hiding spots. Predatory nocturnal marine life such as sharks, rays, and grouper awaken as brightly coloured reef fish seek shelter in coral caves. 'Aquarium by Twilight' takes you on an exclusive guided tour to witness this remarkable transition as day surrenders into sunset.
Session 1: Arrive at 3 pm for a 3:15 pm Twilight Tour
Session 2: Arrive at 3:15 pm for a 3:30 pm Twilight Tour