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Solitary Islands Aquarium

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Open Now: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Worth the visit

Just loved visiting here. Guides were so passionate about their work and what they do. Great for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
cindykh69
Great little aquarium

Visited with our 2 little boys (4 & 6). Staff were very welcoming and helpful with boys and other... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
David S
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Bowral, Australia
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“touch pool”(10 reviews)
“fish feeding”(12 reviews)
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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just loved visiting here. Guides were so passionate about their work and what they do. Great for kids.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank cindykh69
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with our 2 little boys (4 & 6). Staff were very welcoming and helpful with boys and other patrons by letting everyone know when things were about to happen. Reasonable number of aquariums showing local species in various sizes. Touch pool was nice

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank David S
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Lovely little aquarium well worth the visit. Alot of different sea animals to see and feel. Well worth the visit while holidaying in Coff's..More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Katarina Z
Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Thank you very much for your review of your recent visit to the Solitary Islands Aquarium. Great to hear that you were able to meet some of the Coffs Coast marine creatures on your visit. Thank you as well for taking the time to share...More

Reviewed 21 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank oldcoot4
Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Thank you so much for your glowing review! We endeavour to provide all our visitors with a memorable experience - glad that we achieved that with you. The Coffs Coast is an amazing place and our ongoing aim is to showcase the marine wonders of...More

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank bbsydney96
Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review of your visit to the Solitary Islands Aquarium. Great to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed Paola's talk. and that you got so much out of your visit. We make every endeavour to provide visitors with an entertaining and educational...More

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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank mriainr
Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! So great to hear that we achieved our goal of giving visitors an educational and entertaining experience. We try to pack in as much as we can within the aquarium for visitors to learn more about our...More

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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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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

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank melissagmh
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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.

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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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