Cairns Aquarium is one of the newest
attractions in town.
It opened in 2017, and it was
about time, as
Townsville's aquarium opened 30 years ago!
It is very impressive,
amazingly beautiful inside,
... and outside as well.
There is a restaurant,
with views into some aquarium tanks.
There is a shop at the
entrance, and of course the coral decorations.
Once inside, you enter a completely
There are a few different kinds of ecosystems, mostly marine but
some terrestrial as well.
and Creek Ecosystems
The first after you enter, are the river and creek,
... the animals that belong, such as freshwater turtles,
... fish such as mangrove jack, barramundi; crayfish and crocodiles.
There is also a talk on this ecosystem once a day.
and Tropical Rainforest
We all know that rainforest is a
rich ecosystem, but mangroves are also a rich and important one.
There is a large amount of animals
from fish and crabs to crocodiles that belong to this ecosystem.
Rainforest - around Cairns and
Daintree, is the world's oldest.
There are snakes, frogs, lizards,
insects and spiders on display, there are goannas, frill necked
lizards, green tree frogs, geckoes, giant cockroaches, blue tongue
lizards, worms, stick and leaf insects, only to name some.
And there is also a talk on the terrestrial ecosystem.
Ocean and Coral Reef - Cairns Aquarium
The largest part of the aquarium is about the reef,
... and it is amazing.
There are whole walls of windows to the ecosystem,
... which is so captivating with both coral and fish.
There are several rooms with lots of detail of its high numbers of animals,
... such as fish
such as coral trout and giant groper, surgeonfish, parrotfish,
cardinalfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, damselfish, wrasse, and sea
anemone and the anemone fish Nemo.
There are eels, jellyfish,
stone fish, saw fish, lion fish, sea stars, sponges, nudibranchs, sea
slugs, squids, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, sea pens, shrimps, lobsters,
and giant clams and other sea shells.
There are sharks such as black tip reef sharks and hammerhead, and all the other creatures.
There is a talk on sharks and rays,
... deep water creatures, and the coral reef ecosytem creatures.
There is also a touch tank to touch and see the animals close-by,
... and a talk about that as well.
Full information about this attarction and everything else is in the Destination Guide.
this 50 pages
guide totally for FREE.
contains information that helps you getting started with planning of your trip.
You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you
should take, how to get
there and get
to stay (general info), what
will it cost..
and a short insight to what is there to see and do in Cape York.
This complete 300 pages
travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the
background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all
the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact
detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks,
at least 30 guaranteed FREE
camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to
the Cape), at least 40 best
swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things -
from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception,
how to deal with the national
parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits
and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery
gear by my vehicle-recovery-guy partner).
Not to mention locals'
tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)
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