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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.

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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.

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Cairns: Aquarium Visit and City Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

3. 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.

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Cairns: Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

4. Cairns: Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

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 newly refurbished Cairns Museum. Housed in the School of Arts building, enjoy the exclusive 20-minute guided tour of the museum with a local expert. 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 north to 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.

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Cairns: Marine Life Encounter with 2-Course Lunch

5. Cairns: Marine Life Encounter with 2-Course Lunch

Be greeted by one of Cairns Aquarium’s passionate ecologist guides, and enjoy a private tour. Explore the aquarium's tropical North Queensland habitats, including the freshwater rivers, mangroves, Great Barrier Reef, and Coral Sea. As you wander, learn about and see the unique and endemic species found in each of these ecosystems. Then, go behind-the-scenes to discover how the aquarium cares for its marine life. See the quarantine section and the food preparation room. Afterwards, enjoy an exclusive hand-feeding session of the cownose stingrays. Later, at the River Monsters exhibit, scatter feed the giant freshwater rays and barramundi. Finally, visit the Turtle Hospital to see rescued sea turtles and learn about their rehabilitation. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, relax and unwind with a 2-course gourmet lunch at Dundee’s Restaurant. Enjoy a main meal and dessert or drink while watching the reef sharks in Australia’s largest aquatic-themed restaurant.

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What people are saying about Cairns Aquarium

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 78 reviews

It was fantastic not having to share the aquarium with lots of people, because it was an after hours tour I highly recommend this. All the ladies at the Aquarium were super friendly and helpful from the moment we walked in. Our guide Bec was the most enthusiastic, knowledgeable and passionate about the environment and you could tell how much she loved these sea creatures from her in depth explanations. We loved it so much we went back and explored the aquarium the next day to take more photos of the beautiful animals. The aquarium was impeccably clean.

This tour and dinner was amazing!!! Very informative, small group, amazing staff! We loved it! 10/10

Excellent and informative talks by staff and fabulous displays. Worth a visit

our guide was amazing and made the tour so exciting. Dinner was also fabulous

Eric is best commentator guide really lovely tours