Cairns Aquarium, Cairns

#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.
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  • Great place to visit as the Aquarium has lots of great tanks and exhibits. Sharks and crocodiles as well as lots of tropical fresh and sea fish  more »
  • For the price I expected the aquarium to be bigger and have exciting things to look at. Took us 45 mins to get through the whole thing. Waste of money!!  more »
  • 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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