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Cairns Aquarium

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The Cairns Aquarium is a public aquarium that provides a world class venue for seeing and interacting with the incredible plants, animals, and habitats found only in Australia’s Tropical North Queensland, a region which borders two World Heritage...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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5 Florence St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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+61 7 4044 7300
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited the aquarium in cairns! What a super gem , very beautiful, Very interesting chat with the gentleman at the *touch pool* we learned a lot about the barrier reef coral issues , We recommend that aquarium to all ! Enjoy **

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Cath29
Reviewed 5 days ago

Cairns aquarium is really quite nice, the tanks are really well presented. There was so much to see, the tanks were really clean and colourful. The talks were good, the hands on aspects were fab too. The staff are lovely and took the time to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank themurrayfamily
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Wow, thanks for the wonderful review! We hope to welcome you and your family back again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

very impressed with the CAIRNS AQUARIUM I personally feel having travelled to most countries this beats them all in presentation quality and quality of CORAL REEF & different type of species

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 954abbash
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow, thanks for the amazing review! We are also very proud of our Aquarium. Hope to welcome you back again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful aquarium. Has two supper fantastic large tanks with a great reef display and lots of smaller tanks that are common to aquariums. The biggest tank that has many viewing opportunities from massive windows to tunnels.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank wschwiner
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the five star review! Our largest tank is over 1.5 million litres, making it home to a huge number of extraordinary species. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

very well laid out aquarium with absolutely jaw dropping exhibits, just wander around at your leisure and take a look at all the different fishes, walk through the tunnel and look up at a manta rays underside, watch the sharks circle overhead or just stare...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Smurfy D
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow, thank you for the wonderful review! We must agree that it is mesmerizing walking around and viewing all the different exhibits. Thanks for visiting us and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice little aquarium featuring a large GB reef exhibit/tank with a large variety of sea creatures, small and large. In addition, they have snakes, reptiles and turtles.

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Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Michael D
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Michael, thanks for the great review! We hope to welcome you back again soon

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came to snorkle the reef but weather canceled all the trips out. So we stopped by and found it to be a great time. Lots of good information at the displays and very informative speakers at the fish tanks

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Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stay53136580207
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the five-star review! Happy to hear you had the opportunity to visit us and we hope to welcome you back again soon :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building and exhibits are well maintained and attractive. The staff do multiple presentations that are informative and entertaining. Highly recommend that you spend a few hours at this facility.

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Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NorthStar67599292817
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the wonderful review! See you again soon :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We’ll set up amazing staff. We did the behind the scenes tour which was amazing. Brett was a great tour guide providing a personal and informative tour. As divers we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot about the different breeds of fish. The...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank L8772TLmichaele
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Michael, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! We love operating our Behind the Scenes as they offer guests an even greater opportunity to explore and discover, see what makes the aquarium tick and how we take care of our precious...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spend an afternoon wandering around this wonderful aquarium. Outstanding exhibits/tanks and very interesting and humerous talks. Loved it - esopcially the deep reef tank at feedig time - dont miss it!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank johnindarwin
CairnsAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi John, thanks for the wonderful review! Hope to see you again soon.

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D3677ULnataliec
15 January 2018|
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Response from CairnsAquarium | Property representative |
Hello. Aqualuna restaurant opens at 7am for breakfast. Thank you.
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Gareth H
Good afternoon. Im looking forward to bringing my family to your aquarium while we're on holiday in Cairns from Melbourne, but I've been seeing news stories down here about the high amount of aquatic deaths in your aquarium. Can you please tell me, are the articles I've read about the deaths of the Maori Rasse, Potato Cods, Leopold shark, countless tropical fish, rare lizards, pythons and of course Australias first captive Hammerhead sharks true or are they all still there alive and well? I just don't want the kids to be disappointed or have to explain about "fish heaven" let alone justify to the wife how an institute that claims to support the preservation of the reef and marine life can kill over $350,000 worth of fish and reptiles in less than 4 months. Thank you very much. Concerned Aquadad.
9 December 2017|
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Response from Gareth H |
Thanks for your replies everyone. I really appreciate your time and help but unfortunately SOME of the reports I'd heard turned out to be correct. I was hopeful but quietly pessimistic when we arrived in Cairns and entered... More
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RogerLowestoft
30 September 2017|
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Response from CairnsAquarium | Property representative |
Hello. Apologies for the delayed reply. We will be open Christmas Day. We are open 365 days of the year. Thank you.
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