A visit to the Cairns Aquarium

On Friday 22nd November 2019, this was the first time since I have been living in Cairns that I had a chance to visit Cairns Aquarium. When I arrived there, the aquarium staff greeted me and asked me to put a name tag on.  After that they also provided various types of welcome drinks such as sparkling wine, white wine, beer and juice. I was waiting in the entrance for a few minutes and then they started escorting us inside. I felt very excited wondering what were animals were waiting for me inside.

In the first part, there were various types of freshwater fish, some animals that staying in the rainforest like snakes, frogs, spiders, turtles, crocodiles and the most dangerous bird in the world- the cassowary. While I was walking, looking around and taking photos, the staff was also explaining about the animals window by window. Then I walked through to reach the second part, and that was where the reef creatures were.  I saw lots of colourful fish, sting rays, sharks, and moray eels. However, the part that I was interested the most was the venomous sea creatures because I saw heaps of strange fish like the Reef Stone Fish- the most toxic fish in the world that looked exactly like a stone; and the Dogface Pufferfish that can inflate their bodies by swallowing air or water. They swam around in front of me and looked very active. Besides this, I saw Crown of Thorns Starfish which is one of the largest sea stars in the world with a distinctive thorny upper surface of toxic spines that resembles a crown; the Honeycomb Moray eel that usually has a pale yellowish background and numerous black spots; and the Olive Sea Snake which is a highly venomous snake. I enjoyed watching them and I spent a few minutes staying there and watching them.

From the start until I reached the underwater tunnel where the last session of that night was, it took me around an hour. I thought it was very interesting because in this place, I felt it was a very good combination of where the rainforest meets the reef and it allowed me to see many kinds of animals that are living in this area. At the underwater tunnel, they provided everyone delicious food and drinks and also live music. I had my dinner while watching sharks, string rays, and fish swimming around, listening to music. I had a very good time there and I think I will recommend the Cairns Aquarium to my friends if they want to visit a nice place in Cairns.

Papassorn, CCEB Travel

 

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5 thoughts on “A visit to the Cairns Aquarium

  1. Hello, papassorn 😀
    I’m impressed that they provided welcome drinks. What a fancy way for greetings! Also, I didn’t know they have some animals which are not fish. I’m sure that you had a great time there. I can feel from your post. Although I had a chance to visit Cairns Aquarium a few weeks ago, I didn’t go. I was concerned because a friend of mine said it was too small to see enough. Now, I am tempted to find an aquarium ticket. Thanks for writing in detail about your aquarium.

  2. Hi Papa,
    Your article is meaningful and interesting. I have never been to Cairns Aquarium, but it seems to be a very beautiful place. I was surpried that you got the welcome drinks. This service looks like a hotel servise. I didn’t know that we could see the animals that live in the rainforest. I want to see crocodiles especially. I have a question. How many kinds of fish and animals are there in this aquarium? The facility looks like it’s not too big, so I feel we don’t need a lot of time. I work in the restaurant that is annexed to the aquarium. There is also a glass tank in this restaurant, so I can see fish everytime I work. If you show the aquarium entrance ticket at the restaurant, you can eat dishes at a 10% discount. I really recommend that you go to the restaurant.
    Natsumi

  3. Thank you for your information about the Aquarium.
    It is a really interesting post.
    I haven’t been there yet, because I think It looks small and I feel the price is a little bit high.
    However , I want to go now after I have read your post because there are so many kinds of fishes in the Aquarium and I can see crocodiles as well!
    It will be an amazing experience in my life!
    I especially like the kindness of the staff and giving a welcome drink.
    Also, I can have my dinner while watching sharks and fishes!! I can’t imagine how amazing they are.
    Therefore, if I have a chance to visit Aquarium , I have to visit it.

  4. Thank you for your information about the Aquarium.
    It is a really interesting post.
    I haven’t been there yet, because I think It looks small and I feel the price is a little bit high.
    However , I want to go now after I have read your post because there are so many kinds of fishes in the Aquarium and I can see crocodiles as well!
    It will be an amazing experience in my life!
    I especially like the kindness of the staff and giving a welcome drink.
    Also, I can have my dinner while watching sharks and fishes!! I can’t imagine how amazing they are.
    Therefore, if I have a chance to visit Aquarium , I have to visit it.

  5. I was so suprised since I didntI appreciate your worthwhile information.
    I didn’t know that customers can get welcome drinks.
    I love this service since it’s like a service in a hotel!
    Actually I had planned to visit the aquarium with my friends before, but we didn’t because of the high entrance fee.
    I mean, I think it is more expensive than other aquariums in the world.
    However, my opinion changed due to this wonderful article.
    As your blog post says, there are a number of sea creatures in this aquarium, and I guess some of them are Australian native species.
    In my opinion, this aquarium is worth visiting!
    Personally, I’m so interested in “Crown of Thorns Starfish”which is explained as one of the largest sea stars in the world.
    I have never seen a starfish of this size, so I will regret it if I don’t see it before I leave Cairns.
    In addition to that, I have to take pictures in the underwater tunnel because I’m assured that it is Instagram-worthy!

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