Cairns Aquarium, Cairns

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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.
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  • Spent a good 3-4hrs here - I arrived at opening time and went to all the talks which run one after the other in different locations around the Aquarium. Booked in for lunch at Dundees and then went... 
    Spent a good 3-4hrs here - I arrived at opening time and went to all the talks which run one after the other in different locations around the Aquarium. Booked in for lunch at Dundees and then went...  more »
  • General admission with lunch combo - aquarium viewing was good, but the preset lunch deal was not of value, beer size unusually small, post mix cola didn't taste right, serving size rather small and.....  more
    General admission with lunch combo - aquarium viewing was good, but the preset lunch deal was not of value, beer size unusually small, post mix cola didn't taste right, serving size rather small and.....  more »
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  • What a fantastic experience for the whole family. You could sit back and watch the wonders of the water swim for hours. The snakes and lizards are so active. The lizards love interacting with you. Pick up and feel real shark egg shells, touch starfish display. Adults and kids had a fun time.
  • Highly recommended. We enjoyed the guided tour with dinner. Aquarium is well thought out exploring the many echo systems of tropical Queensland and beyond. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. Guided tour last two hours which felt short. The best is the large tank with over head viewing arched tunnel. Really liked the jellyfish and seahorses.

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