The Cairns Aquarium opened on September 18th, with a vast range of marine life and strong focus on bio-diversity. The journey through the aquarium incorporates fresh water and salt water habitats and species found in Tropical North Queensland. Among the habitats represented are river systems, creeks and streams, reefs, billabongs and flooded waterways, rainforest, forest floor and mangroves.

“When we visited the (Great Barrier) Reef six years ago, we were amazed by the colours and variety of fish and coral,” says co-founder and co-director, Daniel Leipnik. “But, we couldn’t help noticing the vast number of people who had made the journey, but for one reason or another, did not go into the water or venture off the islands, while others were left wanting to see more.”

“A Cairns city location was therefore the ideal place for an attraction of this kind to enhance people’s love of the Reef and marine world, while providing absolutely everyone with a memorable experience irrespective of whether they travelled to the Reef or not.”

AAT Advanced Aquarium Technologies built 40 aquarium exhibit tanks for the new multi-million dollar aquarium.

To see more of the Cairns Aquarium project click here.