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Cairns Aquarium General Admission Ticket

1. Cairns Aquarium General Admission Ticket

Cairns Aquarium is Australia’s newest and most spectacular aquarium. It is the only aquarium in the world to exclusively showcase the stunning aquatic wildlife from tropical North Queensland’s two World Heritage-listed areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Experience the spectacular diversity of the region without the need to get wet or even leave the city. Travel through ten amazing North Queensland ecosystems from the world’s most ancient rainforest to the world’s largest coral reef to discover 71 different exhibits showcasing the extremely rare and incredibly unique species of this region. See a panorama of wildlife and marine fish that create an underwater world filled with a kaleidoscope of colour. Enjoy daily talks and presentations by knowledgeable and entertaining educators, marvel at the animal feeding sessions and get a hands-on experience at the marine and reptile touch tanks. Complete your day at Cairns Aquarium with breakfast, lunch or dinner at Aqualuna restaurant.

Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour of the Aquarium with Dinner

2. Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour of the Aquarium with Dinner

Witness the setting of the sun on Tropical North Queensland’s mountain ranges and experience how steamy rainforests and shallow reef lagoons begin to stir with life. Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects, and nocturnal fish sense the onset of dusk and emerge from their day time lairs.  Get an insight into the unique changes of the region’s nocturnal creatures as they move in the shadows.  Complete your evening at Dundee’s Restaurant with a perfectly matched dining experience while you enjoy a stunning sea life backdrop.

Cairns: Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

3. Cairns: Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

Join a local guide and explore the history, culture, and heritage of Cairns on a half-day sightseeing tour. Visit the Cairns Museum, Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, the Lower Barron Gorge National Park, and more. Following pickup in an air-conditioned vehicle, start the day at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin Marina. Admire the breathtaking cathedral of St. Monica's, which features the world's largest themed stained glass windows. Discover the city's vibrant history and rich cultural heritage with a visit to the Cairns Museum. Enjoy the exclusive 20-minute guided tour of the museum with a local expert who will share stories about living in the tropics, cane, railways, reefs, and rainforest. Travel to the leafy suburb of Edge Hill for a guided walk through the Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, renowned for having one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Explore the butterfly-lined pathways under the green canopy as your guide explains the various plants you see along the way. Enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea of homemade scones served with jam and cream and a choice of tea or coffee at a local cafe before continuing to one of Cairns' scenic lookouts with panoramic views of the city and the Coral Sea. Visit the Lower Barron Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Continue further to visit stunning Palm Cove, lined with old paperbark trees. Stroll to the end of the jetty to enjoy the stunning beach setting and natural surroundings before being returned to your hotel.

Cairns: Aquarium Reef Tank Diving Experience

4. Cairns: Aquarium Reef Tank Diving Experience

Begin your scuba diving experience at 12:00 PM with a medical check. An experienced dive team will ensure that you are comfortable with the scuba equipment and breathing underwater before diving into the aquarium's underwater world.  Swim with majestic underwater creatures such as reef sharks, large stingrays, Queensland groupers, amongst others. Your family and friends can watch from the dry side of the glass. Upon finishing the activity, receive a Discover Scuba Certificate of Completion as a memento of your experience.  Following your dive, enjoy all-day admission to the aquarium's other exhibits. See a diverse range of aquatic species and a variety of marine ecosystems.

Cairns: Aquarium Visit and City Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

5. Cairns: Aquarium Visit and City Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Start your day with a self-guided tour through the aquarium and explore the ecosystems and habitats of Tropical North Queensland. Complete your experience with a 2-course lunch at Dundee’s Restaurant with a stunning sea life backdrop before being collected from the aquarium for your afternoon guided sightseeing tour of Cairns. Discover Cairns in air-conditioned comfort with your local guide as you explore the city’s rich history. Get glimpses of its cultural heritage and iconic landmarks. Marvel at the world’s largest themed stained glass windows at Saint Monica’s Cathedral. Enjoy a 20-minute guided tour of the Cairns Museum with free re-entry included. Afterward, indulge in a delicious afternoon Devonshire tea before visiting the Cairns Botanical Gardens. Take delight in the stunning city and mountain views before visiting Lower Barron Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Also visit stunning Palm Cove, one of Cairns' Northern Beaches.

Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour of the Aquarium

6. Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour of the Aquarium

Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour through the Cairns aquarium with after-hours access. Witness stunning marine and aquatic life and discover how they change their behaviour after dark. Start your tour by meeting your friendly guide who is a professional ecologist. Venture through the aquarium as you marvel at reptiles, amphibians, insects, and nocturnal fish that come to life as the sun sets. Discover brightly coloured reef fish as they seek shelter in coral caves whilst predatory nocturnal sharks, rays, and grouper awaken. Learn about the habitats and the behavioural patterns of these animals as you marvel at their beauty. Finish your fascinating aquatic experience by purchasing a delicious dinner at the Dundee restaurant amidst a backdrop of sea life.

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What people are saying about Cairns Aquarium

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 101 reviews

Guided tour was very informative. Guide had an excellent sense of humour and dealt with overexcited children with respect, although I’m sure she would have wanted to say more ;). Dinner was delicious. Highly recommend regardless of how many aquariums you may have seen in the past.

Fantastic experience, guide very knowledgeable re freshwater fish, to salt water and the reef. Dinner was beautiful, glass of wine, I had barramundi, with a “ spliced potato, broccolini, the flavour of the meal was unforgettable! Loved it.

Overall a very informative tour and was able to see many things, the staff were wonderful and the dinner at the end was very nice all in all a great outing. I would recommend for anyone to go.

Excellent experience, the dive team were very supportive and done a great job. This is a must do.

Amazing experience, fantastic guide. Would definitely recommend