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SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Admission Ticket
3.5

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Admission Ticket

By SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
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Ages 0-99
Duration: 1h 30m
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  • Self guided journey of the attraction's 15 themed zones.
  • Digital Photo Pass
  • Entry/Admission - SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Optional activities such as shark dives and tours
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5166MELAQUA

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  • Most travellers can participate
  • Stroller parking available
  • Stroller hiring available
  • Wheelchair hiring available

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  • 803kn
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Waste of time and money
    This is an absolute waste of time and money. You don't get to see them play or do anything interactive with them. You don't get to go through the vet or see how the food is prepared. Would give this a miss and spend money and time elsewhere.
    Written 21 February 2024
  • scubal0ver
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    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    A disappointing refurbishment.
    We know the Aquarium well, having visited about 6 times and dived the main rank twice. This newly refurbished Aquarium is a bit like the Curates eqq, partially good and the rest bad. What is good is most of the smaller tanks, even the one in the food hall ( which seemed a little denuded). What isn't is the main tank, now in nocturnal form and devoud of most of the larger sharks. Missing in action appears to be the Grey Nurses, the Speartooth sharks, the Sawtooth sharks, and both the black and white tip sharks. The main tank seemed to be just rays, some pelagic fish, and a lone tawney nurse shark. To make things worse, at 11.30 am on a school holiday wednesday, they ran out of hot chips! My grandchildren were most unimpressed.
    Written 28 January 2024
  • TassieTiger23
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    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointed
    sea life was on the top of our holiday to do list but disappointed was an understatement. It’s definitely not worth what you pay to get in. They allow too many people per session and therefore it’s so so crowded you don’t even get to see anything properly. Only a handful of bigger fish/sharks/rays and a lot of generic fish you can see most places. Even as little as trying to get photos of your kids is impossible because there is so many other people. Everybody pushing and shoving to get into displays and peep holes. Not worth it, wouldn’t return
    Written 10 January 2024
  • Serena N Jason W
    0 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing
    We were in Melbourne for a short break and the Sealife Aquarium was on the top of our to do list. Unfortunately was an unpleasant experience. Yes it was school holidays however when the doors opened at 9.30am hundreds of people poured in. The exhibitions were so crowded we couldn’t see, hear or read about the fish. We were hearded like sheep through each space and missed quite a lot of each. There is lots of hands in spaces such as water tanks to touch star fish and information interactive boards. So many people we couldn’t access these. We ended up just walking through quite quickly and I would recommend to any friends.
    Written 4 January 2024
  • Gilbert D
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not worth the price.
    The most interesting part was closed and we were not informed when making the online booking. Since we were in Perth before reaching Melbourne, if they had informed us before we would have visited AQWA in Perth, which to my opinion, is much better.
    Written 14 December 2023
  • MelbourneTravelmad
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Could and should be so much better
    Firstly, part of SeaLife, and the main bit, is under renovation, so that does not help impressions. I visited here many years ago, and seemed to recall it was better. The layout to me is too disjointed, on too many levels, and signage is not very clear. At one stage, you end up in the Café, but there is more to see, but its not clear. I am sure I was comparing this aquarium to the one in Singapore the whole time I was there, having been to that one a few weeks back. But it wasn't just me, the whole group was doing the same. Funnily enough prices at SeaLife are very reminiscent of Singapore too, high! Maybe once the main area is back in operation it may improve the experience, but it won't make moving through any better.
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Adrian H
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    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not value for money
    Not really value for money, even with reduced price as big tank not open was quite ordinary, compared to Sydney aquarium chalk and cheese! My teenage son thought it was pretty boring as did I, some nice displays tho
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Small_BuG_123
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow..
    It is amazing with unique theme for every floor, it is so big and spend 2 hours inside. My kids love it!
    Written 18 September 2023
  • 293samarao
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Biggest waste of money ever
    worst aquarium I have ever been to. outrageously expensive for what you get. Costing us nearly $200 to walk through a maze of nothing (the main section was closed for renovation) ending with a depressing view of penguins trapped in a tiny enclosure. horrible place.
    Written 17 September 2023
  • mandiBrisbane
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a look
    Little disappointed in some displays but loved penguin , jelly fish and turtle area. Easy to get to by tram . Little pricey
    Written 8 August 2023
  • debbierB6653OH
    0 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Waste of money
    This was a complete waste of money. Whilst you do learn some educational facts about penguins- you do not get to touch (which isn’t so much of big deal) or feed them. Really you just go into their exhibit and stand behind a barrier and learn more facts. They take photos but then expect you to pay another $50 for them to be emailed to you! Save your money!
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Timfromvictoria_11
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Waste of time
    Main exhibit closed Pushy photographer in the entrance terrorised our 2 year old granddaughter. Dark, crowded inside, nothing much to see. Everything costs extra. A waste of time and quite a lot of money. Cannot recommend, I want a refund.
    Written 3 July 2023
  • W4371NVjb
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    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Substandard and not worth it
    Not worth the money in my opinion. There really wasn't much to see. I also felt it was cruel to house a huge crocodile in such a small enclosure and to have penguins living underground at the bottom of the building with no natural light and so many in such a small space. When you enter there is a screen with text saying something to the effect that they do everything for the animals... to me, it didn't seem like it as I don't think the enclosures are very good for the animals. In my opinion it's just a money maker. I felt that the tiny nursery and so-called conservation efforts were for tin-pot marketing effort. Just my perspective here, but I was unimpressed and didn't enjoy it, and I've seen recent reviewers saying similar things.
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Topaz5561
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Save your money and go elsewhere!
    Absolutely pitiful, have been here many times over the years whilst visiting the state so thought we would bring our adult daughter to see it, however was shocked to see that what was once a huge wall of fish had now become a wallpaper chart explaining how fish came about...we know how...apart from a few small rays at the entrance & one croc which looked huge until you looked closely to see a mirror above it making it appear much bigger than it was, all in all we spent 10 mins there not 2-3 hrs with no clear direction on how to leave these dark dingy tunnels , was so disappointed & disgusted that I wanted to go back to the office to request a refund, the exit led not back to the office but to the outside street....our luggage was locked inside so I went to the entrance only to discover that the building had been closed, it was 4pm but the sign said that it closes at 5pm so I had to run back to the exit & hope that somebody would leave so I could get back in, I requested to see the manager, I said to the girl..this is not your first complaint about the aquarium is it, she said..not by a long shot, The manager appeared as I had requested a refund & smugly I her Swedish accent replied...that won't be happening & you know what else won't be happening my friends & family won't be happening...shame on you...I feel so sorry for all those family's with small children that would love to come & enjoy but sadly they will be out of pocket & disappointed...you can go to the Library or watch YouTube for free if you want to find out about the life cycle of a jelly fish...this was not the experience you promised, Shame, shame shame on you
    Written 29 June 2023
  • sally w
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Should be closed for full Reno
    I know they warned us that the main exhibit was closed for renovations but really the whole place should be shut down and renovated. Really not a great experience at all . Just designed for kids , everything at little kid eye level . I mean adults like sea life too haha
    Written 26 June 2023
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K B
Adelaide, Australia49 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The only good things about this place were the penguins and the crocodile. Everything else had such good potential to be so much better, and it just wasn't. The displays themselves were ok, but the place was so crowded we really couldn't enjoy them. The cost of an adult ticket is very high, so I was expecting a really high standard and to really enjoy myself. I was severely disappointed.
The building itself is very small, and there are lots of dead ends and blank walls. It's hard to navigate and the maps don't help. We tried to get a lift and waited for ages before we decided to give up and take the stairs. There was only one escalator near the elevator, which was going in the opposite direction to what we wanted.
The cafe is tiny, and doesn't offer any vegan food. Luckily I knew this in advance as I had emailed before hand, and there was very little room anywhere to sit and eat our packed lunch. I also find it strange and somewhat offensive that fish is being served at an aquarium.
The moving projections were overwhelming for my mum, who has sensory issues, and there was nowhere to go to escape them.
Tickets are timed to allow for less people entering at a time, which is pointless because there were WAY too many people there. It was so crowded, no social distancing was possible and there were no staff managing the movement of people. The building is too small to allow that many people in at a time.
No staff to answer questions about the displays or ask for directions, either. I don't recall seeing any hand sanitiser stations anywhere, either.

I gave two stars: one each for the crocodile and the penguins. The penguin area is large, but honestly could still be bigger to reduce crowding. They're very cute and we got quite close to them. We watched them for a long time, and to see them swimming was great too. We wish we hadn't wasted our time in the rest of the place and just gone straight to the penguins.
Written 20 April 2022
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Silvana
Frankfurt, Germany17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I visited the aquarium in Melbourne 18 years ago and for 18 years I cherished the memories of that visit. A sense of tranquility and silence, diffuse, inspiring music...

The Sea Life Aquarium is now a loud amusement park full of toddlers running around without control. Lovely areas where you can watch the sharks are cluttered with popcorns and chips.
I understand that the aquarium is earning a lot with the concessions stands but is it worth it?

There are no valuable scientific information to be found.

We have seen the Aquarium in Genova (Italy) and Lisbon (Portugal). Much, much better options to see and learn something.
Written 12 January 2020
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Hi SilvanaMauceri! In regards to the crowd control we do see larger numbers of guests visiting the site over the Christmas break. As a family attraction, our numbers increase during the school holidays, especially weekends and it can often get a little busy inside. We encourage guests to visit us during the week and/or before 11 am or after 4 pm for a more quite and relaxing visit to the aquarium. As an educational facility we do aim to inspire the next generation of children (and adults!), with this we have over 40 touch screens packed full of facts and information, as well as hosting numerous talks throughout the day on specific topics. We hope you were able to learn some new FINtastic facts about the ocean and its creatures during your visit. SEA you again soon! Kindest regards, SEA LIFE Melbourne
Written 21 January 2020
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Carla
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The staff at the Melbourne Aquarium were all so lovely and knowledgeable. We arrived an hour early with prebooked tickets as our autistic son was perhaps feeling worried and reluctant to do anything else before attending the aquarium. (It was all about to go pear shaped we thought). The Aquarium staff member at the entrance was immediately understanding and allowed us early entry and supported us to navigate the queue. Then later on the staff at the food kiosk were equally understanding and helpful when things went a bit sideways behaviour wise with our son. The exhibits were great and when we couldn’t work out if we had seen everything, a staff member spontaneously approached us and talked us through the different exhibits and helped us navigate to the level we had overlooked and later the exit. Overall the exhibits were interesting for all and fun for the kids, but as it was a super busy day the staff made the difference as to the quality of our visit. We are so thankful for their attention today.
Written 28 December 2020
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Sheryl Lee
Sydney, Australia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I took my family including my 3 year old nephew ( all first timers) and we all just loved our experience.
The place is just breathtaking to learn about the sea creatures. WE bought tickets online and this was just a simple fuss free process and we glided through the line. The photos at the start were just beautiful - so very well done. I must say the penguins were my standout - just mesmerising to watch them live.
The rain forest is absolutely beautiful and you can easily get lost in the pure beauty in this recreation of the real thing.
Only feedback would be for some healthy salad or non fried options in the cafe - everything was fried ( tho delicious) but just a suggestion.
Thank you Sea life for an amazing day to share with my family. Staff were all so lovely and helpful from start to finish.
Written 13 January 2020
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Hi sherica05! We're so glad to hear that you and your family loved our attraction just as much as we do!! Thank you for your positive feedback. We love to hear that you took advantage of everything we have to explore here and that you utilized our prepaid ticket process! Be sure to follow us on social media to keep updated with new exhibits and activities that your children would enjoy. Thank you! :) Kindest regards, SEA LIFE Melbourne
Written 21 January 2020
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Mawson
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
You’d be lucky to see a label for most of the exhibits. They have tablets next to many of them but they are off! There is also a kids interactive area and my child wants to play with a interactive screen. Guess what- all the 3 screens next to each other weren’t working! Had to use the toilet- there wasn’t any paper towel. It is not as though we went late in the day. We were there in the morning and hardly any used paper towels in the bin. The worst part is they make you queue even though you are made to book a time slot and more queuing to take a photo that they wouldn’t tell you the price upfront. So everyone thought it was for free and queued and just when you’re done and moving on to collect the photos they tell you it isn’t free. I am sure ACCC will have something to say about this.

In summary you have to be a marine biologist to make it educational for your child, jump the queue if you don’t want the photo and bring your own paper towels.
Written 31 December 2022
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kpr200
Launceston, Australia31 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We had previously tried to visit last year where we had to line up down the street to then find out it was booked out which was disappointing but this time we booked in advance. It was once again, lined up down the street but fortunately we had pre booked, ensure you do book in advance if you plan to visit and allow extrq time to line up!

Inside the aquarium it was busy and confusing, we were not given a map and there was a lack of signage, we missed the penguins completely on our first lap.
With a large portion of the aquarium being closed, there was really not a whole lot to see as an adult couple, it very much felt like it was targeted at children with many fake/electronic fish scenes. We were aware that some of the aquarium was closed but felt the slight price reduction did not compromise for the amount of experience lost. Overall it was an expensive 30minute experience, although we did enjoy the penguins and crocodile once we found them!
Written 20 March 2023
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Travellin_w_kids
Western Australia, Australia121 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I thought it was too crowded and overpriced but the main thing is the kids loved it and were engaged throughout the whole place.

If you have hungry kids, keep in mind that hot food service starts from 11.30am.

We splurged on the glass bottom boat experience which was pretty cool, but we couldn’t see much from our side of the boat unless the animal came right under us. If you can, sit on the right hand side as you hop on the boat.

My kids enjoyed seeing the crocodile, penguins and the 4d happy feet show the most.

I’d recommend this place if you’re in need of something to do with the kids for a few hours, and it’s too hot or raining outside to do anything else.
Written 16 January 2023
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Muscath
Horsham, Australia196 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sealife Melbourne
While staying in Melbourne we made a family trip to the Melbourne Aquarium - Sealife. Our son requested to go & we his parent thought it might be boring, but it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. It is not a cheap day out $47 per adult & $32 per child plus adding parking of $46 (2hrs parking) We parked in the recommended car park by Sealife but did not get a discount.
We pre booked & paid for our tickets online with a time slot but still had to queue to get in which was a little annoying with those who were buying tickets.
The highlights were the oceanarium & crock lair.
The displays are suitable for all sizes to toddles & babies in prams with low windows & tunnels as well as teenagers & adults. There are hands in exhibits for the children and interactive screens with information
Good access for prams & wheelchair and plenty of places to stop & have a drink or snack, not sure of prices as we did not partake. Toilets very clean
Overall an enjoyable morning & would recommend on a hot or wet day
Written 9 January 2023
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Carol F
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
The Saltwater Crocodile exhibition this time was exciting.For my first time ever he was totally wake, swimming and interactive. Incredible 5 metres long and 750 kg. Not to miss. The penguins are always entertaining and seeing the chick creches was special. The shark tank with the tunnel to walk through was incredible. Great photo opportunity!
Written 28 December 2020
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keshet13
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Absolutely horrid experience. The aquarium is old and tired, plus there is overcrowding in all of the attractions. This place should be shut down. I feel very ashamed about attending this place. I thought it would be a great idea to take my son to learn about marine life. The poor creatures in this place are slowly dying. The penguins are walking around in their own faecal matter and urine. The crocodile just stayed under the lamp. There is no natural light and/or anything that is related to these creatures natural habitat. The port Jackson sharks just lay all crowded together on a rock. The poor creatures in this place should be removed, and the place shut down.disappointing and sad.
Written 24 January 2022
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