Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium Tunnel
Clown Fish
Coral Attoll
Ray Feeding
Marine Touch Tank
Mandarin Fish - Reef Builders
Marine Touch Tank
Hermit Crab
Cownose Ray
Dundee's Diners in front of 14m Shark Tank
Outdoor Table Settings - Daintree deck
Aquarium Seafood Tower

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 10m Deep Reef Tank, 20m 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 Dundee's restaurant for a quick bite, main meal, cocktails and refreshments.

Itinerary Options

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.


  • Exclusive after-hours entry to Cairns Aquarium
  • Learn how animals' behaviours adapt from day into night
  • Two-hour guided twilight tour
  • Dinner
  • Come face to face with the Coral Sea's largest night time predators


Arrive at 3.00pm for a 3.15pm Twilight Tour