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Marine Life Encounter at Cairns Aquarium

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Enjoy the ultimate Cairns Aquarium experience! Go on a personalized guided tour that takes you behind the scenes, feed cownose rays and river monsters, and more.


  • Follow an expert ecologist guide as you how the aquarium looks after its marine life.
  • Visit the Turtle Hospital and see the shelled residents under the aquarium's care.
  • Enjoy a hand-feeding and scatter-feeding experience of Cownose rays and River monsters.


  • Entry into Cairns Aquarium
  • Fully guided, personalized 2-hour tour
  • Cownose Ray encounter including hand-feeding experience
  • Behind the Scenes, Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, and River Monsters Scatter Feeding experience

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

A Peek Behind-the-Scenes

Get the most from your visit to Australia's Cairns Aquarium with a Marine Life Encounter. Meet your personal ecologist guide and embark on a 2-hour tour through Cairns Aquarium. Go behind the scenes and learn all about the plant and equipment that play a key role in running the aquarium smoothly. Enjoy a visit to the turtles housed in the aquarium's Turtle Rehabilitation Center.

An Exclusive Feeding Experience

Enjoy the singular experience of hand-feeding the aquarium's gentle Cownose rays, and scatter feed the residents of the River Monsters exhibit.

Note: Due to safety reasons, children under 12 may not hand feed the Cownose Rays. Instead, a souvenir gift voucher for $8.00 will be provided.

Important Information

  • Due to safety reasons, children under 12 may not hand feed the Cownose Rays. Instead, a souvenir gift voucher for $8.00 will be provided.
  • Guests must be mobile as there are stairs and uneven surfaces on this tour.


Marine Life Encounter

  • Starts at 12:45pm.

Marine Life Encounter With Lunch

  • 9:15am exclusive before-hours entry to the aquarium.

Please check the calendar to see the available dates.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.
  • Please display your mobile voucher along with a valid photo ID at the ticket redemption point.
  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification.

Ticket Redemption Point

  • You can redeem the tickets directly at the entrance of the attraction: Cairns Aquarium.
  • Address: 5 Florence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia.
  • The Cairns Aquarium is conveniently located in the heart of Cairns, next to Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort and opposite DoubleTree by Hilton.
    Get Directions to the Redemption Point.

Getting There

By Train

  • The closest transit station is Cairns, a 4-minute walk away from the aquarium.
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway line will get you here.

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Cairns City Bus Station Platform 2, a 1-minute walk to the aquarium.
  • Buses 110, 110N, 111, 113, and more will get you here.


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