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Cairns Aquarium
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Date opened 2017 (2017)
Location Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates 16°55′06″S 145°46′26″E / 16.918417°S 145.773831°E / -16.918417; 145.773831
No. of animals 16,000
Volume of largest tank 400,000 litres (88,000 imp gal; 110,000 US gal)
Total volume of tanks 3 million litres
Memberships ZAA
Major exhibits 71

Cairns Aquarium, the first public aquarium built in Australia in 18 years, is home to more than 16,000 specimens and 10 ecosystems. The $54 million, 7,800sq m, three-level facility in Queensland holds 71 tanks including Australia's largest freshwater tank with 400,000 litres of water, a deep sea tank and the world's first true tidal motion tank. It has 10 lifelike and recreated habitats and is the only aquarium of its type to display endangered or rarely seen endemic species such as the emerald tree monitors, Jardine River painted turtles, ribboned pipefish and scalloped hammerhead sharks. The aquarium is also an interactive research and education centre and is home to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.


In 2018, the aquarium won the Master Builder Queensland award for Project of the Year and the award for Leisure Facilities over $10 million.

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