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Solitary Islands Aquarium

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Open today: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An amasing place

On a recent tour we visited this Southern Cross University run aquarium, and found it to be really... read more

Reviewed yesterday
oldcoot4
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Morayfield
A hidden treasure

We dropped in today and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Its a small aquarium but it’s got some... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
bbsydney96
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Sydney, Australia
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The Solitary Islands Aquarium, located at Southern Cross University's National Marine Science Centre, serves as an important community asset helping to bring an awareness and appreciation for our marine environment through education and science. Our...more
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2 Bay Dr | National Marine Science Centre, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia
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+61 2 6648 3931
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Reviewed yesterday

On a recent tour we visited this Southern Cross University run aquarium, and found it to be really interesting, particularly as the director gave us a lecture on why the aquarium is situated where it is and exactly what it is doing. There is something...More

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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

We dropped in today and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Its a small aquarium but it’s got some amazing fish -the colours are sensational. Paola did an educational talk for all that were there and it was fantastic. She was so enthusiastic and hugely engaging, especially...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

It’s like a little tardis. Small in overall size, but a great place to spend a couple of hours with young kids (3 & 2). Passionate informative staff, great variety of aquarium life, and interactive activities for the kids, including the touch pools. And feeding...More

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Reviewed 28 April 2018

This was just next door to our accommodation, it was small but well worth a visit. The kids had time to wander and get hands on in the science lab and the petting pool. Staff very approachable and informative. Would recommend catching a tour.

1  Thank Brenda T
Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent visit to the Solitary Islands Aquarium. Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Our staff love sharing their knowledge of the ocean and it's inhabitants. Thanks again for your comments.

Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Visited here with family kids 6 and 4yrs Kids liked seeing nemo and dory tropical fish and squid feeding and eel feeding We arrived just after 10am and was in time to see the feedings. Tanks are well maintained Took less than an 1hr to...More

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Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thank you for your comments regarding your visit to the Solitary Islands Aquarium. Great to hear that your children 'found' Nemo and Dory and that you enjoyed our feeding presentations. We make every effort for visitors to enjoy themselves when they visit - great to...More

Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

It’s small and cosy but lots of fun 😍😍 time it around the feeding shows and meet the awesome octopus

Thank Janina G
Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Great receiving your review of your visit to the Solitary Islands Aquarium. Sounds like you had a great time and were able to learn more about our awesome octopus. Thanks again for your review.

Reviewed 2 April 2018

Have been here before but worth going again, the staff are wonderful and very friendly and very helpful as my son took ill while we were there

Thank LyndaPerkins
Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Welcome back! great to hear that you came along once again to enjoy our aquarium and staff's hospitality. I hope your little one recovered quickly. Hope to see you again one day and thank you for your generous review.

Reviewed 5 March 2018

Terrific educational place for all age groups. Lots of beautiful displays & hands on exploration for everyone to experience. Feeding time is exciting with an up close & almost personal viewing. We were lucky to get a back door visit to the breeding tanks, excellent...More

1  Thank Kim P
Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are humbled by your words - we take pride in offering a fun and educational experience for all our visitors - young and old! Thank you again and taking the time to post your review.

Reviewed 26 February 2018

Great way to spend an hour or two and a great way to escape the heat. Not the largest of aquarium displays but plentiful enough with quality displays of different aquatic life. Plenty of activities for younger children but also for adults as well. Staff...More

1  Thank Alan B
Reviewed 7 February 2018

This is a relatively small aquarium but the displays are great and the staff were very helpful and informative....entrance fee supports research at the university that runs the aquarium

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Response from colclu | Reviewed this property |
Yes, usually open on weekends. At our last visit it was $ 10 for adults, $8concession and $5 for kids. $25 family.
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