The Reef Eye Ferris Wheel

The Western Event Lawn (Cairns Esplanade)

Enjoy never before seen 360 degree views of Cairns on board The Reef Eye. At 35m high, this beautifully elegant Ferris Wheel with rotating gondolas is an activity not to miss.

Open 10.00am till 10.00pm Daily
From 25th June 2022

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About The Reef Eye

Cairns residents and visitors alike will enjoy a ride on The Reef Eye. At 35 metres high, it is an awe inspiring sight with rotating gondolas that provide wonderful 360˚ views of the surroundings. The beautifully appointed gondolas are fully enclosed for all weather comfort.

The Reef Eye is the perfect experience for thrill seekers and easy riders alike. Excitement and fun for all members of the family, young or old.

  • 35 metres tall
  • 700 people per hour capacity
  • 360 degree rotating gondolas
  • Fully enclosed gondolas
  • Amazing LED light show
  • 7 days per week 10am-10pm


Adult Ticket

$ 10

Per Ride

Child Ticket

$ 8

Per RideChildren are 12 yrs & under. 2 yrs and under are free

Seniors Discount

$ 9.50

Per Ride

Full Gondola

$ 50

Per RidePrivate Gondola which holds up to 6 people


Is there an age restriction on the wheel?

People of all ages (even babies) can ride The Reef Eye

How long will we have to wait to ride The Reef Eye?

Most of the time, there will only be a very short wait to ride on The Reef Eye, around 5-8 minutes. On weekends, school holidays and other special events, the wait til may increase.

When is The Reef Eye open?

The Reef Eye is open from 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week from 25th June 2022.

Where is The Reef Eye?

The Reef Eye Ferris wheel is located on the Western Lawn of the Cairns Esplanade, right next to the lagoon.

What does it cost to ride The Reef Eye?

Adult tickets are $10, children are $8 and kids under two years old are free. A six seater gondola can also be purchased for $50.
Local discounts of 10% apply on presentation of local ID at the ticket box.

Where can I buy tickets to ride The Reef Eye?

Tickets can be purchased from here.  Locals discounts can only be applied at the ticket box so The Reef Eye staff can view local ID.

How long does each ride go for?

Each ride lasts for approximately 8-10 minutes.

Is The Reef Eye wheelchair accessible?

Because of the centre pole in the gondolas, wheelchairs do not fit in. But the Reef Eye staff have always accommodated people who use wheelchairs to still use the Ferris wheel, and would be more than happy to assist you too, if needed.

Can I buy gift vouchers for The Reef Eye?

You can purchase tickets in advance to use as gift vouchers clicking on Book Now

Can I take a pram/stroller on The Reef Eye?

Because of the centre pole in the gondolas, prams will not fit in. There is a safe space next to the ticket box where prams can be left while you enjoy the ride, and are available for easy collection when the ride has finished.


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