Australian Shark and Ray Centre Port Stephens
Where is it at?
Australian Shark and Ray Centre
686 Marsh Rd
Tel: 02 4982 2476
Where are we going today?
Sharks, rays, and that big wide open ocean of ours have evoked a fear in most people. "Monsters of the Deep" they are called - but in reality, they are beautiful and gentle creatures and like you, they have personalities!
Oz Shark and Ray Centre breaks down those cliches about these beautiful creatures.
Ever thought you would walk under sharks at night? Eat supper with the sharks? SWIM with the sharks!? WHAT?
At the centre, even kids as young as two years old can actively participate in feeding, playing and of course swimming (eeek!) with the rays and the sharks. But don't worry - as we said, they are completely gentle creatures! Kids will really learn a new appreciation for the animals (and of course still be versed in how to stay safe in the real ocean). They will learn to understand their nature, and their habits.
They will be standing just waist deep or less, and hand-feed (yes, that's HAND feed) those beautiful rays and sharks.
The centre have even had 6 month old babies in the water (grannies they have had 80 year olds too so get ready!)
The Oz Shark and Ray centres are the only ones in the world that are dedicated to offering incredible shark and ray feeding experiences.
They feed all day, everyday. Did we mention the sharks might be up to 3m in length? Did we mention that the rays might weight up to 300kg? Did we forget that point before? Go on - be brave! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity.
They also hold fun experiences like night time feeding (because most of the species are nocturnal) as well as the dinner of a lifetime - in the middle of the shark tank! Crazy!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
9am - 5pm / 7 days a week
Educational to all students of any age from primary to tertiary! They take group bookings..
Any Top Tips?
The cost of entry includes shark and ray food but you can also buy more of it if you wish. The general experience is alongside the tanks, and a water experience is another $15 but absolutely worth every cent..
Need a little extra help?
They welcome special needs group bookings..
Kids' parties are also a huge hit give your friends an experience of a life time and have them raving about your party and their experiences! .
What people are saying?
by Ric Vieira
Very friendly staff, lots of fun specially for the kids hand feeding the rays and sharks.
So interesting talking to staff, we lost track of time. We could have been there all day, really.
Thank you so much for such a memorable day.
by Cd Keys
The Australian Shark and Ray Centre is one place with great staff and entertainment. A relaxing destination in Melbourne.
by Minecraft Hayley Hannon