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Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary
West Esplanade
Manly
NSW
2095
Tel: 02 8251 7877

Directions

If you head to Manly Wharf on foot or by car and look right you will see them approximately 300m along the beach. If you head in to the wharf by ferry you will see them on your left hand side as you approach the wharf.

Where are we going today?

Who LOVES the ocean? Well, have you ever wondered what really goes on underneath those big waves? If you head to Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, you will be able to see all of those weird and wonderful creatures - without getting wet!

This popular attraction in Manly is filled with exhibits that showcase the creatures of the ocean, and let kids learn all about them, and their conservation. 

When you step into Shark Habour you will discover those deep water giants, and kids will love the underwater tunnel you can walk through to get a fish eye view of Shark Harbour!

Those cheeky penguins are waiting for you in Penguin Cove too! Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary is a breeding habitat for these cuties, and they are actually one of the last colonies of Little Penguins left on the Australian mainland. They have been declared endangered, so kids will learn a lot about conservation at this exhibit. 

You don't have to venture to the oceans of the Americas and Africa to see some incredible creatures - just head to the Underwater Sydney exhibit! Did you know that Sydney Harbour has more species of fish than the entire Mediterranean Sea? Now THAT is a feat!  Just dive into this exhibit and get up close to octopus, lionfish, sharks, seahorses, and so much more!

Make sure you stop in to the rehabilitation facility and see the success stories too!

Ever touched a shark egg? Well, at the Interactive Rockpool you can! You can even hold a crab, and look for other animals that live in these little hidden crevices!

With your admission, Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary also offer daily guided tours where you can learn more about the Harbour.  

For those curious kids, Shipwreck Shore is where they can learn about conservation through play, discovery, and imagination, so make sure you stop over there too!

Ocean fun all around at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary. You'll be amazed at what you discover next!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$25
  • Children$17 (Ages 4-15)
  • Free Under: 3 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9:30am - 5pm. Last entry 4:30pm

Open daily except Christmas Day

Teachers corner

The education programs is delivered by marine experts, and offer kids an invaluable lesson they can't learn in books! Give them a call to arrange your school trip.

Any Top Tips?

Allow up to 2 hours to look around all of the attractions. When you arrive, check out the daily feeding times and plan your day around what you want to see too. .

Doing our bit

They are highly involved with rescue and rehabilitation of injured marine animals, and the pioneer of breeding programs too! You can support them by sponsoring animals. .

Need a little extra help?

They regret there is currently no real access throughout the building for those with special mobility requirements due to the historic building..

Can I get one of those?

There is a gift shop where you can pick up some fun gifts and souvenirs, as well as educational items!.

More information

You can have your birthday party at the aquarium and spend the day with turtles, sharks, and penguins! You can enjoy a guided tour too!.

What people are saying?

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    Great for kids! If you are worried about parking options around Manly Sea Life Sanctuary (as we all know, parking can be a pain in Manly), rest assured that the surrounding streets will offer the odd spot or two with a 2hr limit which should be sufficient for a visit. The highlight certainly is the underwater tunnel where you can get up and close with sharks, sting rays, giant turtles and so on. The kids will love it! At 11am you get the chance to witness the shark feeding - divers will join the sharks in the tank and visitors can watch this fascinating...Read More

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    I came here on a rainy day with my friend and her 18 month old boy. He absolutely loved it, especially all the huge stingrays and sharks. It's easy to access, being a short walk from Manly Wharf, and not too expensive as a one off adventure. The interiors are a bit tired, but the animals all look well cared for.

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    Really disappointing when compared to the Sydney Aquarium. Some nice things to see, but for the money it's not great value, sadly

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    Want to get the SCUBA bug then start here. I had never dived or used a SCUBA system before coming here. My wife bought me the shark dive experience as an anniversary present and at first I questioned her motives but once I was down there I realised it was one of the best presents I had ever been bought in my life. I now have my full SCUBA certification and it started with the experience I got here. The two guys who took me through were friendly and reassuring so by the time you got wet there was little to no fear left and by the end you will feel...Read More

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    This is quite a small aquarium, but definitely worth a trip! The exhibits are very interesting and the staff are willing to answer any and all questions you may have about the exhibits. There are no elevators in the building, which can be an issue with accessibility. The shark/sting ray tunnel is definitely a great exhibit and the shark diving experience is on my bucket list!

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by Silke Elzner

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Great for kids! If you are worried about parking options around Manly Sea Life Sanctuary (as we all know, parking can be a pain in Manly), rest assured that the surrounding streets will offer the odd spot or two with a 2hr limit which should be sufficient for a visit. The highlight certainly is the underwater tunnel where you can get up and close with sharks, sting rays, giant turtles and so on. The kids will love it! At 11am you get the chance to witness the shark feeding - divers will join the sharks in the tank and visitors can watch this fascinating event from the underwater tunnel. On the top level you can have a look at the famous fairy penguins that call Manly their home, and it's also the ideal place to unpack your sandwiches and enjoy the views over Manly, the harbour and even the ocean.

by Stuart Skene

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Want to get the SCUBA bug then start here. I had never dived or used a SCUBA system before coming here. My wife bought me the shark dive experience as an anniversary present and at first I questioned her motives but once I was down there I realised it was one of the best presents I had ever been bought in my life. I now have my full SCUBA certification and it started with the experience I got here. The two guys who took me through were friendly and reassuring so by the time you got wet there was little to no fear left and by the end you will feel like it is too soon to leave.

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