Currently in development and opening May 2017, the new Cairns Aquarium is set to become Cairns largest and newest attraction in one of the World’s most beautiful and sought after travel destinations. With over four million visitors a year to Australia’s tropical North, The Cairns Aquarium will provide a world class venue for seeing and interacting with the incredible plants, animals, and habitats found only in Australia’s Wet Tropics, a region which borders two World Heritage listed environments: The Daintree Rainforest and The Great Barrier Reef.
The Cairns Aquarium is a multi-million dollar tourism infrastructure project being built in the heart of Cairns and aims to become the most visited land-based attraction in the region for people seeking an enjoyable, undercover, family friendly, safe, affordable, and interactive way of seeing reef and rainforest creatures up close. All within a few minutes walk from all down town hotels.
The Cairns Aquarium is being built on the corners of Lake, Florence and Abbott Street in Cairns, Queensland and will be a 15 metre high, 3 level, 9,000 square metre (100,000 square feet) World-Class modern and iconic building providing a family attraction. Once completed it will have more than 3 million litres of salt, fresh and brackish water displays and showcase the incredible species and habitats found exclusively in Queensland’s Far North. Visitors will be able to see many of the creatures that cannot be found anywhere else in the world or are rarely seen due to their nocturnal habits. Several rare, endangered, unusual, and even deadly specimens will be on display.
The Cairns Aquarium is being designed by world-renowned and multi award winning Public Aquarium designers, Peddle Thorp Architects in association with Architects Ellick and Partners. A team of Australia’s finest engineers from CADRNO & ARUP and specialist aquatic consultant Aquatic Environmental Systems (AES) are working together to realise Australia’s newest public Aquarium.