Visitors journey through 10 different North Queensland ecosystems, from the world’s oldest rain forest to the world’s largest coral reef. Along the way you’ll see the unique species of this region, such as endangered freshwater sawfish, grey reef sharks, and humphead Maori wrasse in the freshwater and marine habitats, as well as Amethystine python and Boyd’s forest dragon in the tropical rain forest display. Visitors can also enjoy daily talks and presentations, watch feeding sessions, and get a hands-on experience at the marine and terrestrial touch tanks.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Cairns Aquarium is a must-visit for families and wildlife lovers.
The aquarium is wheelchair-accessible, with elevators, ramps, accessible restrooms, and wheelchair rentals.
Accredited guide/service dogs are welcome.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.
How to Get There
The aquarium is located in the heart of Cairns, within easy walking distance of most accommodations and attractions. It’s one block from the Esplanade, two blocks from the Lagoon Pool, and a 5-minute walk from the cruise terminal. Buses 121, 130, and 150 stop at Lake and Abbott streets, right outside the aquarium. Note that there is no on-site parking.
When to Get There
Cairns Aquarium is open 365 days a year, from 9am to 5pm; the last admission is at 4pm. Talks and presentations are offered throughout the day every day. If crowds are a concern, note that the aquarium is busiest on weekends and school holidays.
The aquarium’s on-site restaurant, Dundee's, offers a memorable dining experience. As you eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner or enjoy coffee or a cocktail, you can watch schools of fish and sharks swim by thanks to the restaurant’s 70,000-liter Under the Pier aquatic display.
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