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


Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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

Phone: 1800 199 657

Official Website: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Map of nearby accommodations:


Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light RailPyrmont Bay9 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: 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: 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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Rated 4.2 out of 5SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Star Rating

4 Star Rating The newly renovated has added more interesting spots for families with young children. More space friendly and kids has fun with interactive activities along the walks. Would suggest bringing back the food kiosks and more toilets....... Highly recommended for people of all ages as a fun and entertaining when visiting Sydney. Thumbs up for the renovation with so many new interactions kids enjoyed.

Cheap Eats Holidays Banyen Guo - 24 minutes ago

2 Star Rating First visited this place more than 10 years ago. Back then it was undoubtedly a world class venue and attraction. It no longer is. The premises are dowdy and poorly maintained. It has not kept pace with market expectations. And the young polite box office staff seem very in experienced. Queues are huge and slow and when it rains you are drenched when you enter. Overall my 2 star rating is fairly generous.

John Little - 4 hours ago

5 Star Rating I would just say it’s a must watch place 😊 kids would love it.. lots of varieties of fishes and you could have a closer look of sharks. My family enjoyed a lot and took uncountable pictures 😃 spend your weekend here and you will be refreshed.

Pallavi Agarwal - 12 hours ago

5 Star Rating Sea Life has undergone a lot of refurbishments in the last 2 years. Notably the re arrangement of exhibitions, creating a relatively new walk, the introduction of a penguin exhibition, a general improvement of air conditioning creating a more enjoyable ambience. Avoid peak times for a more satisfying and rewarding experience.

Alberto Jordán - 4 days ago

4 Star Rating The aquarium was great, the kids loved it. The free penguin boat ride was worth the 10 minute wait. Cafe had a good choice of food and ice-cream and you can also sit to eat your own packed lunch. The only downside was that it was a really hot day and the aquarium was uncomfortably hot inside which made us rush through some parts to find a cooler spot.

Nat T - 28 days ago


Video introduction to the many different exhibits you'll see during your visit to the Sydney Aquarium

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