The Cairns Aquarium is one of Australia’s most exciting new, world-class tourist attractions and reef research facilities. The iconic, three level, 7500 square metre, CBD landmark attraction is the first public aquarium to be built in Australia in 17 years. It is also the only aquarium in the world to exclusively showcase the fish, animals, plants and habitats of the only two adjoining World Heritage protected areas: The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest to an expected 720,000 visitors each year.
The privately funded, $54 million project is the vision of its founders and company directors, Daniel Leipnik and Andrew Preston. The Cairns Aquarium is located in the heart of the city at 5 Florence St Cairns, the building itself is over 11.5 metres in height, 90 metres in length and 40 metres in width. Over 15,000 animals, fish, plants, and other organisms are housed in the two-level Wet Tropics narrative journey that leads visitors through all the habitats of the Wet Tropics including; The Great Barrier Reef, Rainforest, Rivers and Streams, and Mangroves.
Function and Event Spaces
The Cairns Aquarium has a number of different locations available for a wide range of functions and events, from the small and intimate to large and extravagant. Aqualuna, a 220-seat contemporary Italian restaurant forms part of the aquarium offering, along with its very own window to the world of rainforest and reef. A highlight of this restaurant’s design is the magnificent 70,000 litre Under the Pier themed shark exhibit inside the restaurant while outdoors is the rainforest-themed Daintree Deck.
Aqualuna will also cater for events within the restaurant as well as inside the aquarium’s atmospheric Oceanarium and River Monsters’ exhibits. Download their Functions Kit for more information.
Experiences on offer
Cairns Aquarium is designed for close viewing of reef and rainforest animals but behind the scenes there is so much more to explore and discover. Back of House Tours allow visitors to see what makes the aquarium tick and how the team takes care of the precious animals that now call it home. Choices include a Turtle Rehabilitation Tour to learn more about the plight of sea turtles and how they are protected or a Behind the Scenes Tour of the aquarium operations.
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