Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Embark on a journey of amazing discovery through SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s extraordinary zones including Day and Night on the Reef. Experience the iconic wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and be amazed as it transitions from night to day in the largest Great Barrier Reef exhibit in the world. Meet the marine turtles, reef sharks & hundreds of tropical fish that call the reef home. Get face-to-fin with over 13,000 animals in an impressive six million litres of water as you explore sub-Antarctic Penguins in the Penguin Expedition boat ride, South Coast Shipwreck, Dugong Island and meet our resident dugong, Pig, to learn all about his heart-warming rescue story. Then face your fears at Shark Valley, a 100 metre ocean-tunnel walk-through, full of jaw-some sharks and huge rays! Make sure you join in with our interactive daily talks, or book ahead to join us for a Penguin Passport experience, a behind-the-scenes fish feeding or take the plunge with the new Shark Dive Xtreme!
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: Darling Harbour
The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to Dj’s. Families can visit the Chinese Gardens of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Sydney Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.
How to get there
  • Wynyard • 7 min walk
  • Town Hall • 9 min walk
Popular mentions

4,864 reviews
Very good

Maaike M
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
My favourite part was the octopus because octopus are my favourite. I also really liked the shark tank
Written 25 December 2021
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Tim C
Australian Capital Territory, Australia9 contributions
Dec 2021
Great place for families with children. A lot of marine life that can be seen with a couple of interactive exhibits.

A couple of the areas were closed (dugongs) for upgrades, as well as the penguin 'boat' ride (through a small enclosure) due to COVID restrictions. However this didn't detract from the venue and it was clearly marked as closed before purchasing tickets.

If you want to social distance, don't go there. There will always be a crowded environment in the 'underwater tunnels'. Especially during the feeding times.

Buy your tickets online, you'll save about $10 per ticket. You can buy them online at the front door using your phone if you needed.
Written 20 December 2021
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Anthony P
Sydney, Australia172 contributions
Booked online to skip the queue. Read the fine print as you only skip the queue to buy tickets on site and it’s the smaller of two queues the longer one is the line to entry. When booking on line it will only allow x numbers on 15 minute time slots assuming that entry levels and crowds are managed. Not so. Anyone could get on the line and no advantages in booking online for a time slot expecting some organisation. Totally packed inside and difficult to see signs related to what is inside the smaller tanks. The larger underwater areas with sharks and penguins are a great site but be prepared to share with the crowds. A very expensive outing for a family of 4. Get the crowds down to a manageable level and it might make it at least more enjoyable.
Written 12 December 2021
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Celine B
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Couples
Amazing immersive and educational experience, the awuarium is much larger than it looks on the outside!
Written 3 December 2021
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Stephanie C
Singapore, Singapore25 contributions
Very very beautiful. The place was arranged nicely and there’s many different sea life. Think it’s a good place for a date :>
Written 2 December 2021
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Becky M
2 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Had a really good time here. It hasn't changed a lot in the couple of years since I was last here but still one of my fav things to do in Sydney. Some beautiful big viewing areas
Written 14 November 2021
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Francesco Alibrandi
Sydney, Australia17 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
Beautifull aquarium with lots of sea creatures.
This aquarium is located at circular quay easily accessible from everywhere by bus, ferry, train.
You will see sharks, manatees, jellyfish, and much more.
Written 1 August 2021
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Happy Traveller
Sydney, Australia5,169 contributions
This place was quite easy to book online.. used the new govt DINE AND DISCOVER tickets.. so not too bad in price..
Great idea to stagger bookings and quite painless to get in after a short wait..

Of course there are millions of fish and it's all lovely to look at, but I had to feel sorry for the things.. the long large tanks actually have glass or perspex down the middle to keep some fish on one side away from the others, so its not as large as you would think.. poor sharks and rays just go up and back all day long.. same with the dugong..
The poor penguins.. terrible enclosure.. I felt so sorry for them..
Others were the same..
Great for children to see/ great access for prams and wheelchairs. nice gift shop...
just rather the animals be in the wild.
Written 30 July 2021
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Kiama, Australia2,046 contributions
Jun 2021
This is a good aquarium which holds visitors’ interest for the duration. But I have rated it AVERAGE. Why? Well just about every big city and major marine area now has a public aquarium, many of which are not lacking. I have spent time at Marine Life Park – Sentosa*, the Monterey Bay Aqaurium*, Reef HQ Townsville*, Crocosaurus Cove Darwin*, Caitns Aquarium* and Osaka’s Kaiyukan*. I don’t know which is best – but all are good (some excel in certain areas eg – crocs at Darwin, a killer whale at Osaka), making Sydney AVERAGE by their standards.

At Sydney Sea Life the penguin display is pretty impressive and you can get up close and personal with lotsa sharks and other big fish – but I wouldn’t say it excels in any one area. The coral reef display is supposed to be world’s biggest but I personally think Townsville does coral reefs better. Sydney’s array of marine animals is impressive: rays, sawfish, sharks, seals, turtles, various jellyfish, a dugong, penguins of different sizes, thousands of fish, ditto marine reef and rock platform critters. Display areas are themed: eg Sydney Harbour Marine Life, Coral Reefs, Antarctic…..yada,

This is a popular place. We arrived 1030 on a Sunday morning and the ticket line was at least 100m long – made up largely of families - “Finding Nemo” has sure made fishies and the underwater popular with kids. So we gave the place a miss (I hate crowds), returning 1430 on a Friday afternoon - timed on the basis that school excursion groups would be finished. Worked a charm – few people in line. Entry was thus pretty painless although I have to say that the combination of our SENIORS’ CARDS and DINE AND DISCOVERY VOUCHER seemed to throw the cashier and she ended up charging us $10 too much. Nevertheless the Aquarium’s Seniors’ discount is a genuine save rather than the token effort of many places and the overall deal given the D&D voucher was still pretty sweet.
Sydney Sea Life Aquarium is older than a lot of the other places mentioned above (I first visited in the ‘80s) and several displays have been added since. This could explain why transition from one zone to the next is not always as seamless as other places.
Similarly, the cafe area near exit is spacious but does not take full advantage of the harbourside location, overlooking more a side alley rather than the out front passing parade of people, ferries, other boats…. yada. Maybe the cafe’s outside tables have a better orientation – but the cold windy late Autumn afternoon discouraged finding out.
Also near the exit was a very attractive gift shop area. Kids will go berserk over the range of soft sea critter toys available – even if they missed the clownfish in the coral reef area they will find plenty of Nemos here – and can even take one home, parents permitting. Adults may prefer the array of maps, charts and books.
This is one popular attraction so it is wise to avoid busy periods. I’ve already indicated weekends are popular with families and weekdays 10.00 – 14.00 in term with school excursion groups.

If your dance-card is crowded you could get away with an hour and still check everything out. We took 2 hours but sea-life nerds etc could spend much longer.

- is a plus. My favourite is to jump on the PYRMONT BAY FERRY at Circular Quay or one of the stops along the way for quick access incorporating a mini-cruise of the central harbour including a pass under the bridge. The ferry stop is about 250m north of the aquarium.
Closer is a bunch of private harbour-cruise ferry peers. A lot of these have hop on hop off tickets – this is a great place to do that.
If you have 40-50 minutes to spare WALK from the QUAY on a scenic harbourside route under the bridge, past the WALSH BAY FINGER WHARVES* (lotsa alfresco dining along here), the BARANGUROO GARDENS* and the new CROWN CASINO/HOTEL/RESIDENTIAL TOWER* (which has gotta be the most spectacular building in Sydney).
LIGHT RAIL comes right into the area with a stop at the EXHIBITION CENTRE* (start at CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION*): HEAVY RAIL stops are at WYNYARD and TOWN HALL up in the city – each about 10 minutes walk.
Pretty soon here will be a stop on Sydney’s new METRO rail at BARANGAROO STATION 8 minutrs north near the casino.
There are heaps of PARKING STATIONS within the precinct. Curbside parking is not great.

I’m not going to list the dozens of attractions in this area. A read thru other readers’ posts on this page will give you a good idea as will the many Darling Harbour* websites and online maps. Some places are free, others paid admission. What must be mentioned is the whole bunch of alfresco cafe/restaurants/bars just north of the aquarium, many with those big gas-fired outside heaters for cooler weather, which attract a big crowd after work plus on weekends. Great places to check the passing parade of people, boats, ferries etc.

There is no shortage of accommodation in the harbour precinct. Ditto surrounding areas like CHINATOWN*, the CBD*, THE ROCKS*. My favourite place to stay is across the harbour at NORTH SYDNEY, a 10 minute ferry hop from DH.

Found part way around the route inside and at the cafe area near the exit.

*TRIPADVISOR has info/user review pages on all.
Written 4 July 2021
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Alex L
Sydney, Australia11 contributions
Jun 2021
An attraction really worth a visit in the heart of Sydney CBD. The undersea tunnels and Penguin exploration alone was worth the price, plus pleny more to see. A very enjoyable experience. Make sure your camera is ready. There are a lot more penguins than I expected, so cute to watch them up close and personal.
Written 20 June 2021
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