Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Work underway at Cairns Aquarium

Work underway at Cairns Aquarium
August 5, 2013

Preliminary construction works on the new Cairns Aquarium are underway with engineering firm ETS Ltd undertaking geotechnical work on the site in the Cairns CBD.

Aquarium Managing Director Daniel Leipnik said the work would pave the way for other engineering requirements including design and development, geotechnical, town planning, acoustics, landscaping and traffic management. Thereafter, construction is set to begin after the wet season in 2015 with the new $35 million attraction scheduled to open in late 2016.

To be built over a floor area of 10,000 metres2 the state-of-the-art aquarium will include a multi-million litre 'Great Barrier Reef' tank, a giant freshwater 'River Monsters' exhibit, a 'Life in the Mangroves' lagoon exhibit, a 'Dangers of the Deep' exhibit, a 'Daintree rainforest' boardwalk and up to 70 other key exhibits housing some 5,000 plus fish, animals and plants. The building will also feature retail outlets and offices within its three level structure.

Designed by Peddle Thorp Architects and Ellick & Partners Architects, who have designed aquariums in Melbourne, Dubai, Spain, China and South Korea; the aquarium is expected to attract more than 500,000 visitors a year.

Explaining the design to the Cairns Post, Peddle Thorp Senior Design Architect James Hampton said designing aquariums required a special skill set.

Hampton explained "it's not like designing a building. There is so much to them, you have to have that wow factor."

In March, the Cairns Aquarium was selected as the first major tourism infrastructure project to receive Commonwealth Government Assistance under the Department of Resource, Energy and Tourism's Tourism Major Project Facilitation program.

At the time Daniel Leipnik stated "we are delighted to receive Commonwealth support on this exciting landmark project for the Cairns Region."

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  19th July 2018 - ENTA AUSTRALASIA REBRANDS AS VIVATICKET 17th October 2016…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues


iDwala Pty Ltd

iDwala is the Community Sports Surface Specialist offering the highest quality designs and technical expertise to Councils, Schools and Sporting Clubs looking to create sporting…

read more

Consultants / Design / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces



SGL is an innovative and progressive lifestyle, leisure and community consulting practice, operated by Phillip Gray and active since 1988. SGL has undertaken an extensive range of sport,…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Recreation / Sport



As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Sport / Ticketing



Regupol Australia Pty Ltd offers a comprehensive range of recycled rubber fitness and leisure flooring surfaces. Their range of products include everroll rubber flooring, Regupol elastic…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces



Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport


Les Mills Asia Pacific

Les Mills Asia Pacific Les Mills Asia Pacific (LMAP) have been setting the benchmark for providing professional fitness solutions across Australia and South East Asia since 1996. Our world renowned…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness


Pico Play

Pico is a global leader in Total Brand Activation. We specialise in engaging people, creating experiences and activating brands. Leveraging a track record in experience design that spans half a…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Venues


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business