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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.

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.

Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour of the Aquarium

3. Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour of the Aquarium

Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour through the Cairns aquarium with after-hours access. Witness stunning marine and aquatic life and discover how they change their behaviour after dark. Start your tour by meeting your friendly guide who is a professional ecologist. Venture through the aquarium as you marvel at reptiles, amphibians, insects, and nocturnal fish that come to life as the sun sets. Discover brightly coloured reef fish as they seek shelter in coral caves whilst predatory nocturnal sharks, rays, and grouper awaken. Learn about the habitats and the behavioural patterns of these animals as you marvel at their beauty. Finish your fascinating aquatic experience by purchasing a delicious dinner at the Dundee restaurant amidst a backdrop of sea life.

Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

4. Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary provides a world-class wildlife experience in the heart of Kuranda. The all-weather experience is home to over 1,500 magnificent tropical butterflies. All butterflies in the sanctuary are local rainforest species, while the undisputed stars are the fluoro green Cairns Birdwings. Wear something bright (red, white, or hot pink are best) and let these beautiful creatures flutter all over you. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the aviary. Learn to identify each of the butterfly species, as the guides explain a butterfly’s life cycle and its behavior.  Entry also includes a self-guided food plant walk, which educates about the food plants grown on-site that are used to feed the caterpillars.  Visit the breeding laboratory, which houses up to 4,000 caterpillars. An opportunity to view first-hand the breeding laboratory through special viewing windows, where you will see the caterpillars in their varying stages of development. Watch as the laboratory staff collects eggs daily and “hand-raise” the caterpillars right through to the chrysalis stage, until they are released as beautiful butterflies into the sanctuary.

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What people are saying about Cairns

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 62 reviews

Beck, our tourguide was excellent. Passionate, knowledgable. Pitched the info to all age groups. Highly entertaining, right mix of seriousness and humour. The aquarium collection fantastic. Dundees restaurant accomodated us, although making restaurant reservations is a MUST. We were lucky to be squeezed in. Highly recommend the combined restaurant tour option

The aquarium supercedes our expectations! I now know what the hype is all about. The many marine wildlife, the big aquarium, you could easily spend hours and hours just admiring these creatures. WELL worth the pricing thats for sure.

We had a wonderful time at the twilight aquarium with a wonderful person called Paul. He was so knowledgeable and patient and knew his subject matter very well.Everyone should have this experience!

Really enjoyed the aquarium - the way it's set out takes you on a journey from rainforest to reef. We did the turtle rehab tour as well which was fantastic - the kids really loved it!

My child loved the interactive elements and the displays were a high quality. Not at all crowded like in Sydney.