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SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Melbourne

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SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Corner of King and Flinders Streets
Melbourne
VIC
3000
Tel: 03 9923 5999

Directions

Melbourne Aquarium is located on the corner of Flinders Street and King Street, Melbourne. It is situated on the Yarra River, opposite Crown Entertainment Complex.

Where are we going today?

The ocean is a magical place, and you don't have to put on a diving suit or a snorkel to explore it!

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is a great place for the whole family to visit, and experience some incredible creatures of the ocean!

The aquarium is split up into four sections: the Antarctic, the weird and wonderful, the River to Reef, and Sharks Alive! Each of these section have their own exhibits and displays, all designed to educate you on what's hiding beneath our waters!

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is split up into 12 amazing habitat zones, where you can take a fascinating journey through some of the worlds most amazing habitats, from the coast to the ocean.

You can get up close to one of the WORLD'S largest Saltwater Crocodiles that lives in the state of the art Croc Lair exhibit. You can explore Australia's most interactive rainforest, and even get up close to a very cool 10,000 creatures which includes one of the country's largest collection of Sub-Antarctic penguins!

Did you know the world's largest collection of sea horses are housed at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium too? AND they have the ONLY Elephant Sharks in captivity!

Kids - have you ever wanted to touch a star fish? You can now! There is a fun interactive rock pool where you can touch the many creatures that live there. What do they all feel like!

Don't forget about the fun talks and animal feeds, which give you that extra education on all the creatures that you will experience. 

Underwater fun where you don't have to get wet!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$38
  • Children$22 (Ages 4 to 15)
  • Free Under: 4 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9:30am - 6pm daily

All year round

Teachers corner

Their education programs are great for students, and designed to fit in with the curriculum. Give them a call to arrange your field trip! .

I'm Hungry!

Choose from the Coral or Deck Cafes for hot and cold snacks and drinks. You can't explore the ocean on an empty stomach! .

Any Top Tips?

When you arrive, check the times of feeding and shows so you can plan your day around them and not miss out! .

Doing our bit

Melbourne Aquarium is dedicated to sustaining the environment. As an attraction that is devoted solely to the marine environment, it demonstrates environmentally sound practice in every area of its operation. .

Need a little extra help?

Each floor of the aquarium is accessible via either a lift or ramp. Each level also has wheelchair accessible toilets. .

Can I get one of those?

The Boardwalk Gift Shop is open every day of the year from 9:30am to 5pm and is THE place to get those aquarium gifts and merchandise!.

What people are saying?

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    Didn't mind it at all. Seemed a bit pricey but there are three levels and thousands of fish, large sharks and rays, king penguins and a underwater tunnel in the heart of Melbourne, what more do you want?

    Food was fine and staff were friendly, however make sure you have your best smile when they take your photo at the beginning, as they try to get another purchase of a book out of you, and avoid the fish feeding - all you do is chuck in pellets (although I do understand the whole "keep the fish feed theory", you never see any fish eating what you...Read More

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    Went to the Aquarium today. 2 Adult + 2 Children $80 online. Was bit disappointing lack of exhibits and animals vs the cost. The layout was cool with all the walkways and lighting. Convenience of having a cafe half way through and plenty of toilets is a big thumbs up.

    Viewing windows could of been cleaned to get better photos. Its a place we wont be going to again in a hurry as this sort of cost certainly expected a more.

    If your going to go, pay online you will save alot more then paying when you get there.

    Flat fee $11 Carpark right across...Read More

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    Moving around with a pram on a busy day is hideous, lots of narrow areas to squeeze through. Very unpleasant. Displays are OK, but nothing special compared to other aquariums we have visited. Once my child is four, I will definitely not be paying $86 for us to visit...

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    was better than the zoo good and clean just a bit overpriced i recon only took us 1.30 to see every thing

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    Honestly, a bit of a let down. I used to love the aquarium as a kid and while it is still enjoyable, it lacks a wow factor. They retain some of the old, classic exhibitions (like the walk through tank with the sharks and rays), but removed some favourites (the giant crabs and lagoons with eels). I was quite disappointed at the removal of the jellyfish room, with only 1 tank having any.
    Some new displays are amazing. The crocodile is one of the most impressive creatures I have ever seen, and the penguins could provide hours of entertainment. Although...Read More

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by Travis Markwick

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Didn't mind it at all. Seemed a bit pricey but there are three levels and thousands of fish, large sharks and rays, king penguins and a underwater tunnel in the heart of Melbourne, what more do you want?

Food was fine and staff were friendly, however make sure you have your best smile when they take your photo at the beginning, as they try to get another purchase of a book out of you, and avoid the fish feeding - all you do is chuck in pellets (although I do understand the whole "keep the fish feed theory", you never see any fish eating what you chuck in).

by Bobby G

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Went to the Aquarium today. 2 Adult + 2 Children $80 online. Was bit disappointing lack of exhibits and animals vs the cost. The layout was cool with all the walkways and lighting. Convenience of having a cafe half way through and plenty of toilets is a big thumbs up.

Viewing windows could of been cleaned to get better photos. Its a place we wont be going to again in a hurry as this sort of cost certainly expected a more.

If your going to go, pay online you will save alot more then paying when you get there.

Flat fee $11 Carpark right across the road - Big thumps up.

by Cay Mack

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Honestly, a bit of a let down. I used to love the aquarium as a kid and while it is still enjoyable, it lacks a wow factor. They retain some of the old, classic exhibitions (like the walk through tank with the sharks and rays), but removed some favourites (the giant crabs and lagoons with eels). I was quite disappointed at the removal of the jellyfish room, with only 1 tank having any.
Some new displays are amazing. The crocodile is one of the most impressive creatures I have ever seen, and the penguins could provide hours of entertainment. Although I loved some of the new concepts (e.g. reptile section), I was very let down at the number of "closed" displays, like the water python. Oh, and long-gone is the cool ride at the end =(
The new layout is not very enjoyable either. It is very cramped and directed, with little room to branch out and explore. You're more pushed along with everyone else, having to wait to view the next display, which I have never had happen before.
Considering a ticket here and the Melbourne Zoo are both around $30, you'll get maybe 2 hours entertainment here, but a whole day at the zoo. It's worth a visit, but only once in a very long while.

TL;DR? Some new cool displays, but a lot of old favourites missing, and too many unavailable at the time. Worth a visit, but once is enough. And no ride at the end =(

The Weather

Tuesday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 70° F / 21° C
Humidity: 60 %
Wind: SSW - 18 MPH

Wednesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 73° F / 23° C
Humidity: 50 %
Wind: S - 15 MPH

Thursday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 74° F / 23° C
Humidity: 61 %
Wind: SSW - 15 MPH

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