Review: Cairns Aquarium & Aqualuna Restaurant

Explore a wonderful world down under, with Cairns‘ newest tourist attraction, The Cairns Aquarium. I was so excited about this experience, there is something majestic about the various animals living beneath the sea. Tropical North Queensland isn’t short on wildlife, with the river systems and the reef right at our doorstep, the cairns aquarium has a great exhibit set up to view everything that make the tropics so great!

How to get there

The Cairns Aquarium & Aqualuna Restaurant are located in the heart of Cairns, at 5 Florence Street, Cairns City. If you don’t know your way around Cairns, or if your like me and really struggle with directions, sometimes even getting lost walking out of your own house or hotel without help, you can easily find them on google maps, the most convenient thing ever invented in my opinion!


  • Join in on the wonderful talks & presentations that are on throughout the day
  • Make the most of the Touch Tank
  • Restaurant dining next to the “under the pier” shark habitat or a relaxing vibe on the breezy outside deck
  • 10 North Queensland Ecosystems & 71 Habitats
  • Amazing Italian cuisine with lunch & dinner available
  • Optional tour upgrades to guided tours, photos & dining packages


What you’ll do

Arriving at the Aquarium

Arriving at the Aquarium you can either get stuck straight into your walk through the Aquarium after visiting the girls at the front desk, or grab a bite to eat with the sharks in the Aqualuna Restaurant. We opted for the bite to eat first, before exploring the gorgeous world down under.

Dining Experience

The Aqua Luna Restaurant was in the middle of the lunch rush when we arrived, but we were quickly seated at the perfect table right “under the pier”. We had beautiful views of the large tanks next to our table with tropical fish & black tip reef sharks. It was amazing to watch these little guys play and swim around, there was even one cheekly little fish who played hide & seek with me whenever I pulled out my camera, such a little character!

We quickly ordered our entrée – which was the Pane all’aglio, & with the recommendation of the helpful staff, I ordered the Michaelmas Mojito Watermelon cocktail, which was just divine!

Despite the busy lunch rush, service was quite fast and good thing too, becayse the Italian cuisine was delicous! The Barramundi Griglia was cooked to absolute perfection – a seriously melt in your mouth experience!

A walk through the wonderful Aquarium

Now bursting at the seams from our scrumptious lunch, we took a relaxed walk through the Aquarium.

The cairns Aquarium is home to 15,000 animals from over 10 different ecosystems here in Tropical North Queensland. It boasts an astounding 71 habitats, each of which are just as amazing as the next. The aquarium offers a range of different free talk shows throughout the aquarium’s various habitats. We didn’t join in on any of these, but I’m sure the would have been informative and amazing, and is certaily on our list for the next time we visit.

Reptile & Fresh Water Tanks

Walking through the gates you are greeted by the fresh waters of the Tropics, with loads of cool things to look at! Going on through to the reptile tanks, you can spot the hiding snakes, lizards, crocodiles & other reptiles camouflaging in with their surroundings.

Touch Tanks

As you exit the reptile tanks you’ll make your way to the reef & touch tanks, here you can feel some of the beautiful star fish & view some colourful crayfish. With helpful staff overlooking you, you’ll be free to ask questions and get information on what you are looking at and touching. The kiddies just loved this tank while we were there, excited was probably an understandment!

Reef Tanks

The reef tanks were hands down my favourite part of our day. With so much life present throughout each tank, you didn’t know where to look. The tanks are huge, and I mean huge! (although I might be a bit of a shorty). The animals sure do have a lot of tank space to hang out in.

My all-time favourite tank was the sea horses, the way they move their body is just mesmerizing. I spent maybe a little to long at this tank, but I couldn’t peel my eyes away to leave these beautiful creatures.

The tunnel was also really cool, as you got to see sharks and large mantras swim right over you.

What’s included

  • Entry to the aquarium
  • Talks & presentations
  • Optional lunch dining at an added cost

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Money (for survivors or optional extras such as photos or food)

My Recommendations

The aquarium & restaurant is a must-see cairns attraction for all ages. The restaurant really added that little bit extra to our visit and we were so glad we were able to experience the full aray of what’s on offer.

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