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Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

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Address: Cnr Flinders St & King St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 1800 026 576
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Discover creatures of the Southern Ocean in the 2-million-liter oceanarium.

Discover creatures of the Southern Ocean in the 2-million-liter oceanarium.

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Lovely day out.

What a surprise the aquarium was. I went quite a few years ago when it first opened, so much more to see now and do. My little grandson had so much fun especially with the boat... read more

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Meredith M
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a surprise the aquarium was. I went quite a few years ago when it first opened, so much more to see now and do. My little grandson had so much fun especially with the boat and the crocodile! It was very helpful having somewhere to leave our pram so we didn't have to take it around with us. We... More 

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Thank Meredith M
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wasn't the best but wasn't too bad either. Went with our 2 year old, very overwhelming for him but he loved it and ran everywhere. Lots of little things for kids. The tanks arnt very big for all the fish and some things a little outdated. The cafe was also very basic burger and chips. Chips weren't that good. Would... More 

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Thank sarahandzach
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to visit both for adults and children. The croc was particularly impressive as were the penguins.

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Thank Wayne E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My 6yo daughter and I really enjoyed the aquarium. There was so much to see and learn about. My daughter moved quickly between the exhibits, whereas an older child would probably spend more time at rach section with so much to learn and discover. There were plenty of interactive stations. The living art room was an amazing space. It is... More 

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Thank Michelle C
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to the Aquarium on a wet day of our holiday. Discounted tickets are available on line. A large variety of sea life & the exhibits were great. Staff available to answer any questions and the talks they hold at various exhibits throughout the day were informative. The penguins, of course, were a real favourite!

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Thank Lucia L
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Is up there with the best Aquaariums that I have visited. Many in Sth America and even other states of Australia not in the same leauge nearness and reality of the many fish large and small, crustations and a fantastic realistic penguin display. Do not miss this activity when visiting Melbourne as it suitable for all ages.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having some time to look around Melbourne I went down to Sea Life as I had been past it several times. Sorry, I must be mean but having taken the trouble to go in there it was too dear for me!

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Thank Louise D
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very messy orientation and need to be careful in lifts. However the penguin is the highlight. Love it!

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Thank destinyhk
MelbSEALIFE, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We're always trying to improve SEA LIFE Melbourne, and we will be taking your comments about navigating our attraction on board. Our adorable King and Gentoo penguins are definitely a highlight with very many guests, and we're glad you enjoyed them too! We hope to see you back again soon. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The sea life aquarium in Melbourne is a very nice place to visit with friends or family if you have two or three hours to spend in the city center !

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MelbSEALIFE, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback! SEA LIFE Melbourne definitely is a great place to have a relaxing day. Watching our stingrays swim over your head while you're sitting down enjoying a coffee is just one of many things you can do! We hope to see you back again soon. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The aquarium is nice to visit once or twice but there is nothing particularly special. The crocodile exhibit and reef tank are the highlights The aquarium after dark is better (a party in the aquarium).

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Thank Willowsreign
MelbSEALIFE, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Our salt water crocodile Pinjarra is an amazing creature, and is usually a favourite with guests and staff alike! We're glad that you enjoyed your visit and our Aquarium after Dark event, and we hope to see you back again soon. More 

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