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.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: SEA LIFE Sydney AquariumFee:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.
- Monday: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
- Tuesday: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
- Wednesday: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
- Thursday: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
- Friday: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
- Sunday: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sydney New South Wales 2000
Phone: +61 2 8251 7800
Melinda M. Jul-18-2022
Definitely bigger than it looks on the outside! Lots to see, especially the sharks, rays, and dugongs, where you can walk in glass tunnels underneath the... Read More
Cheryl K. Sep-27-2022
This was a HORRIFIC experience! From a leak in the shark cage to the extremely short boat 'ride'. This was NOT what I was expecting. When I first got there... Read More
Iliana M. Dec-21-2021
It's an okay aquarium. I don't like that you have to keep moving forward in a line and can't go backwards. I went alone on a solo trip and I had been dying... Read More
Accommodations near SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium:
|Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Light Rail||L1- Pyrmont Bay or L2 - Town Hall||10 minutes|
|T1, T2, T3 or T4||Town Hall||10 minutes|
|Ferry||Darling Harbour Aquarium Wharf||1 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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