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Manly Sea Life Sanctuary - CLOSED

West Esplanade, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
+61 2 8251 7873
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Sad to see the sactyuary close.

We were fortunate to be visiting Australia just prior to the Sanctuary's closure on the 28th... read more

Reviewed March 3, 2018
MartinG_53
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Cliffe Woods, Kent
Final goodbye

It was a great place to come with young children particularly as we live locally and venturing into... read more

Reviewed February 5, 2018
Alexandra K
via mobile
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good41%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“sydney aquarium” (54 reviews)
“shark eggs” (14 reviews)
LOCATION
West Esplanade, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
Manly
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+61 2 8251 7873
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"sydney aquarium"
in 54 reviews
"sea life sanctuary"
in 39 reviews
"shark eggs"
in 14 reviews
"small aquarium"
in 17 reviews
"touch pool"
in 18 reviews
"penguin feeding"
in 15 reviews
"three levels"
in 11 reviews
"shark talk"
in 7 reviews
"merlin pass"
in 6 reviews
"bottom floor"
in 6 reviews
"top level"
in 8 reviews
"sharks and stingrays"
in 12 reviews
"great aquarium"
in 6 reviews
"rainy day"
in 10 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 15 reviews
"fairy penguins"
in 7 reviews
"octopus"
in 8 reviews
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

We were fortunate to be visiting Australia just prior to the Sanctuary's closure on the 28th January. Our two young granddaughters (six and three and a half) loved this place and it was a final chance for them to see it. The place was very...More

Thank MartinG_53
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Reviewed February 5, 2018 via mobile

It was a great place to come with young children particularly as we live locally and venturing into the city can be tiring for everyone! Sad this venue has now closed and trust that the sea life are in good hands. Thank you Manly Sea...More

Thank Alexandra K
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Reviewed January 29, 2018

Was great for our little one to see loads of Marine life, a live penguin show, the only low point was there were lot's of stairs and they recomend you leave your pram at the entrance, but we had alot of valubles on pram so...More

Thank Rachael N
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

for the price of a ticket in this extremely small place you could go visit the 10 times larger attraction in darling harbor. the experience is short lived only taking about 10 minutes to do the whole place. not even great for kids to go...More

Thank Tristan L
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

This venue is due to close after many years of entertainment, education and service to the aquatic environment. It should be resurrected by a new owner. One week left to visit.

Thank Bill515515
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Reviewed January 20, 2018 via mobile

Compared to other Merlin’s Sea Lifes the one in Manly is pretty small. Not a suprise it will closed in next week since it would require major changes to be more interesting.

Thank PetriKoo
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Reviewed January 10, 2018 via mobile

Visited the aquarium for the first time since I was at school because my sister and I heard it is closing at the end of january! Fantastic enclosures, educational talks, and even the touch pool. Great time with the kids, the only downside is all...More

Thank Linley S
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Reviewed January 4, 2018 via mobile

We took our two grandchildren to the Manly aquarium and although they'd been before they still enjoyed it. Personally us older folk found it lacking in many ways. There's a sort of petting pool but the only things in it to touch are shells and...More

Thank suemike_12
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Reviewed January 4, 2018

Great fun to walk beneath sharks and sting rays, watch the octopus and admire the elegant seahorses. However, this place is just tired and read for renos (it closes for that purpose end Jan 2018). Disabled access very poor (no lifts, lots of stairs, cramped,...More

Thank Amelia H
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Reviewed December 30, 2017

I was only here for the shark dive which was amazing 5* however the sea life sanctuary is small and I felt the creatures kept there could have done with a little extra room. interactive for children and educational

Thank suddsj
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Nearby
Manly
A 40-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay will take
you to the famous northern beach of Manly. The beaches
here are perfect for learning to surf or spending the
day sun-tanning. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is
a great way to experience Sydney Harbour Bay and the
Australian bush land. Along the foreshore, there are
plenty of watering holes and wine bars with excellent
cuisine. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants
...More
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