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 – 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: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

Phone: 1800 199 657

Official Website: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium


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 Wonderful aquarium, convenient location in Darling Harbour and easily accessible from Sydney CBD. Surprisingly larger than it seems from the outside with great collection of aquatic animals. Penguin encounter is a wonderful surprise at the end of the experience but make sure to bring jackets as it is quite cold. Ticket is quite affordable if purchased as a combo with other parks. Can be quite crowded so it is better to buy the tickets online to avoid queue.

Julius Raditya - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Wow, what a place! Kids loved it and to be honest so did we (the parents!). I'd recommend going there during off-peak times though and to avoid times of the year when there are school trips. Other than that I'd highly recommend this place!

Harry Kewell - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating Interesting activities such as boat riding while looking at penguins and being able to touch some sea creatures. Shark diving was a great experience for myself and for my partner. Great atmosphere to be able to take photos and nice structure where fun and learning can be done at once. Definitely recommend for kids as well as families. Fun day out.

Crystal Wilson - 15 days ago

4 Star Rating Crossed another aquarium off my list and I would highly recommend checking this one out. Such a fun activity and is conveniently located in Darling Harbour. Lots of info on all the animals and how we can do more to help with their conservation efforts.

Eesvari Pillay - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This aquarium offers you a rare opportunity to dive into the deep ocean where you can find varieties of sea creatures. The main thing that makes this place outstanding is that the special tour with a boat where we can see the life of the penguins family. Make sure to wear thick clothes as you will experience the cold weather when see the penguins.

pratiwi larosa - 1 month ago


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

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