Animal lovers, this is a place that will make you happy! A humble abode to thousands of aquatic animals that are so adorable you just can’t stop clicking their pictures! Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is one of the best places to head to, especially if you are travelling with family and kids.
Home to Australia’s largest saltwater crocodiles, this aquarium takes you on an interactive expedition from the depths of ocean to the icy waters of Antarctica.
The Croc Lar exhibition is one of the highlights of the place and it is here that you can observe the world’s only display of Elephant Sharks in Bay of Rays. The seahorse pier in the vivid hues, majestic king and Gentto penguins in penguin playground are all set to delight to you on your visit!
One of the best places to introduce kids to informative and educational sea life experiences, the aquarium also offers a leisure time for the parents. You can dine in style at the underwater fine dining restaurant and enjoy the stunning views of the ocean!
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Travel Tips
- Wheelchair access available.
Entrance Ticket Details For Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
- Child (4-15): 20.80 Australian dollars
- Student/pensioner: 29.25 Australian dollars
- Family and groups have discounted rates, check official website for the same.
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Hours
- Last entry: 5.00 pm
How to Reach Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
- Light rail Melbourne Aquarium/Flinders St.
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14.61% of people who visit Melbourne include Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
63.77% of people start their Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
56.28% of people prefer walking in order to reach Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Reviews & Ratings
Admittedly the displays/tanks are quite impressive and were nice to see but it's somewhere I would only go to once. Although I'm sure the upkeep is very expensive, so is the entry fee, too much so in my opinion. The children there appeared to enjoy it and obviously saw aquatic animals they would never see otherwise. Some tanks have a clear raised bottom dome with a short tunnel that little ones can crawl in and then position their head into and see inside the tank as if they were in it. I felt that the staff allowed too many people through at a time as several families and folk with prams unintentionally caused a standstill. There are hands on experiences which are an optional extra that cost quite a bit extra but not something I included so can't comment on those. Reasonable (Not great) cafe with limited seating given number of people lingering. Food nothing special. No parking near by unless you want to pay a premium so all up, for me, given time and expense getting there, even though I used public transport, I wasn't overjoyed by the experience. Had I had children with me and experienced it through their eyes and perspective perhaps it would have been more memorable. Each to their own I'm sure. Photos only taken with mobile phone.
The guides around the aquarium were very knowledgeable and friendly. They talked about the different aquatic animals as though they were their friends! It is a rather small aquarium so you can finish exploring the aquarium within 1.5 hour of walking. We took about 2.5 hours because we stayed for a talk and to admire the penguins.
At 42 dollars for an adult, it's not a cheap visit. However, it was well worth the money. I went with my 10mo, and she was entranced. There is even a tiny tunnel early on that is toddler sized, with clown fish in it. Very cool. We went on a week day, so there were school groups visiting, but you could avoid them, so it wasn't too bad. There is a small parents room, with a good vending machine in it (nappies etc). Three changing tables and one feeding booth. The main attraction in the basement had a shipwreck within a huge tank. Populated with sharks, very big rays, groper, tuna, etc. There are several places to view this tank. I could've stayed for hours, and my wee one was suitably entranced as well. We stayed for three hours and were happily entertained the whole time. Some cool features included; * tunnels with pop up bubbles into many of the smaller tanks * bubble machine in the penguin area * low edges to a lot of the tanks that my little cruiser could hold on to * small areas that a little one could perch on for the higher tanks
Family friendly place, great place to take interstate or overseas visitors. Different shows at various times of the year. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable and highlights are the penguin and sharks. A little pricey however as there is not a great deal to see.
Last time I was here was almost 20 years ago.Lots of changes but all for the better. We all had a great time enjoying the fish.It was fun for the children and adults alike. Pre purchase your tickets online you'll get in quicker and may get some special offers.