Make your visit memorable
As the only aquarium in the world dedicated exclusively to the habitats and species of tropical North Queensland, the Cairns Aquarium connects visitors with the natural wonders of The Great Barrier Reef, The Wet Tropics, The Gulf Savannah and Cape York regions. With over 16,000 animals and unique opportunities to move up close to some of the world’s most fascinating, elusive or deadly creatures, every visit is unforgettable. Find everything you need to plan your visit to the Aquarium here, including general facility and accessibility information, operating hours and how to find us.
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Everything you need to have an amazing visit
We offer a range of services and facilities at the Cairns Aquarium so that you can focus on enjoying your visit and interacting with the amazing animals on display. Whether you’re wanting to learn more about the incredible reef and rainforest creatures, or you need to find that perfect gift for a loved one, or you just need to stop and enjoy a meal or beverage, we have your needs covered.
We are a fully accessible facility with elevators, ramps, accessible washrooms, wheelchair rentals and welcome accredited Guide/Service Dogs.
We love it when guests share their photos of their experience and to facilitate that free WiFi is available throughout the building.
Tropical Treasures offers a vast range of quality gifts and handcrafted goods sourced locally by suppliers who support our conservation efforts.
We offer a number of services to ensure that your visit is convenient, including small rental lockers, toilets with change tables and water fountains.
Open Daily: 10am-3pm
Last admission: 2pm
Dundee's at the Cairns Aquarium offers a unique and memorable dining experience that lets people enjoy their favourite Dundee's cuisine while watching schools of fish and sharks swim past in the 70,000L "Under the Pier" aquatic display.
Monday & Tuesday - CLOSED
Wednesday to Saturday - Open from 10am until late
Sunday - Open from 10am until 5pm
Sunday Sesh from 2pm until 5pm - food deals & live music!
Located in the very heart of Cairns
The Cairns Aquarium is located in the very heart of Cairns, there are many ways of getting to the Aquarium: you can walk, bike, bus, or drive to the facility with ease. 5 Florence St Cairns, Queensland, 4870 Australia
Cairns Aquarium is within easy walking distance of most accommodation. We are one block from The Esplanade, two blocks from the Lagoon Pool and an easy 5 mins walk from the Cruise Terminal.
The Cairns Aquarium is easily accessible by car however there is no onsite parking. Car parking is available in the surrounding streets, also hourly and daily fees may apply for metered parking.
Tour and school buses can drop off passengers in front of The Cairns Aquarium on Florence Street. Please ask our Reservations Coordinator for details when making arrangements for your group.
We have bus services on Lake and Abbott Street, right outside the Aquarium. The Cairns Aquarium is conveniently located in the heart of Cairns, next to Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort and opposite DoubleTree by Hilton.