Cairns Aquarium, Cairns

4.3
#4 of 20 in Parks in Cairns
Aquarium · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
Cairns Aquarium, the first public aquarium built in Australia in 18 years, is home to more than 16,000 specimens and 10 ecosystems. The $54 million, 7,800sq m, three-level facility in Queensland holds 71 tanks including Australia's largest freshwater tank with 400,000 litres of water, a deep sea tank and the world's first true tidal motion tank.

It has 10 lifelike and recreated habitats and is the only aquarium of its type to display endangered or rarely seen endemic species such as the emerald tree monitors, Jardine River painted turtles, ribboned pipefish and scalloped hammerhead sharks.

The aquarium is also an interactive research and education centre and is home to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
A visit to Cairns Aquarium represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cairns day trip website to plot your vacation.
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  • I went to great-barrier reef and saw sea creatures and corals, but I could not take pictures. Therefore, I came here. It was a great experience.  more »
  • Very well presented and laid out. Most staff were welcoming. Easy to move around and displays had just the right amount of information to be informative without being boring.  more »
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  • Large glass-fronted tanks with well lit exhibits. The building is on several levels so must be very strong! The lighting is better than on the naturally lit reef. The restaurant has good food. Well done guys.
  • Very well thought out and laid out aquarium. Highly educational and interesting talks given throughout the day, well worth attending. Plenty of opportunities for added extras you can pay for such as behind the scenes tours etc. The turtle rehab centre looks great for example and is very reasonable. They feed the animals in the exhibits at many of the talks which is really fascinating. We zipped through in 3.5 hours but you could easily spend more time.

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