SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is one of the city's top attractions

Seeing sharks up close and personal at the Sydney Aquarium
Seeing sharks up close and personal at the Sydney Aquarium cc licensed photo by Ellimac Enileuqcaj

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is one of the world's largest with an amazing 13,000 animals representing 700 different species in a total of 14 themed displays representing different regions and habitats.

Displays are divided between exhibits inside the main building and two huge floating oceanariums that are filled with seawater from Darling Harbour and maintained at a precise temperature. One of these is home to the world's largest population of sharks that are in captivity with some weighing in at nearly 300 kilograms.

Exhibits focus on marine life in and around Australia and include the tropical Bay of Rays, Discovery Rockpool, Sydney Harbour and the largest Great Barrier Reef display in the world. You should allow no less than 90 minutes for your visit.

If you dare, you can walk above huge sharks on the Shark Walk or you can descend down into Shark Valley where you will be greeted with the skeleton of a huge whale, crumbling ruins of an ancient stone temple and a wide array of sharks and rays.

Other remarkable sea-life that you will witness up close include two of only six dugongs on display in the entire world, massive stingrays, platypuses, turtles, penguins and, of course, a huge assortment of tropical fish.

For an additional fee visitors to the aquarium can enjoy the experience of a lifetime. Choose from the Glass Bottom Boat Tour, the Shark Reef Snorkel Experience or a small group Behind the Scenes Tour. Please see the official website for more information and pricing on these options.

The aquarium is involved in all kinds of marine research both on its own and in co-operation with major universities.

Nearby attractions: Darling Harbour, Madame Tussauds, Imax Theatre, Wild Life Sydney and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9333 9200

Official Website: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Reviews

Rated 4.3 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Fantastic place to visit with lots to see. The family loves going. Shark dive is amazing to do. The place can get busy so I would recommend going early before the crowd, although there is plenty of space to walk and to enjoy the different areas. You can buy food and drinks there.
David Doherty - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Sea Life Aquarium is a fantastic place to explore marine life! My family and I had a great time checking out all the different sea creatures. The tanks were colorful and fascinating, and we learned a lot about underwater ecosystems. It's a perfect outing for both kids and adults, and the staff were friendly and helpful. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area!
Sherman Fernandes - 3 weeks ago

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4 Star Rating A nice aquarium with a cool selection of marine life. In comparison to the one in Singapore, this wasn't that good, but the addition of the penguin ride makes this pretty cool. We took just a regular tour but it does have other behind the scenes (paid) tours which I'm sure will add to the experience. The people / staff are always smiling and welcoming :)
Madhumal Gunetileke - 4 weeks ago

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4 Star Rating Nice place to visit with family and friends. It is always nice to learn about the sea life that is present on Earth. Bring comfortable shoes as the whole tour of the aquarium can take you around 1-2 hours. Tickets are quite expensive.
Ridho Yusuf - a month ago

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5 Star Rating We absolutely loved the aquarium, especially the tunnels with sting rays & sharks. We were able to take our time doing videos & taking photos without being moved on. The staff were great & very informative. Lots of interactive activities as well. We are from Tasmania & thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on 1st day of our honeymoon.
Helen Webb - a month ago

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Directions

Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light RailL1- Pyrmont Bay or L2 - Town Hall10 minutes
T1, T2, T3 or T4Town Hall10 minutes
FerryDarling Harbour Aquarium Wharf1 minute

How to get to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium by

By Light Rail L1 Exit at Pyrmont Bay and cross Murray Street and walk across the Pyrmont Bay Bridge. The Aquarium is located on the pier immediately north of the east end of the bridge.

By Train or Light Rail L2: From Town Hall Station go north to Druit Street and proceed west watching for the pedestrian ramp off to your right. Follow the ramp to the harbourside and go left (south) along the harbour.

You can also access SEA LIFE Syndey via pedestrian ramps by walking west along Market Street or King Street from the CBD.

By Ferry: Take a Darling Harbour Ferry from Circular Quary Wharf 5.

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