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Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

Darling Harbour
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Address: Aquarium Pier | Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 8251 7800
09:30 - 19:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Take an underwater journey through the world famous SEA LIFE Sydney...

Take an underwater journey through the world famous SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium - Sydney's best family attraction - and discover the most diverse collection of all-Australian aquatic life on earth. Set in the heart of Sydney on beautiful Darling Harbour, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium showcases over 13,000 aquatic animals from 650 species in spectacularly-themed habitat displays. See Australia's unique aquatic life up close, including one of the world's largest and most impressive collections of fish species, rare dugongs, elusive nautilus, beautiful seahorses, giant sharks, jellyfish, thousands of tropical fish, gigantic stingrays, and much, much more. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium's pair of orphaned dugongs are amongst only a handful of these incredible animals on display anywhere in the world.

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Fun few hours.

We went on the hottest day. The aquarium was as expected with lots to look at. The penguin boat ride line was soooooo long and because of the heat we skipped it. The dugong and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the aquarim with our Venture Card which saved us money. The penguin ride was a new attraction that I really enjoyed. There were sharks, sting rays and many interesting aquatic animals that could be seen. There are walk through tunnels that the aquatic animals swim above you. Really a fun time.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went here about 8 years ago when kids smaller. This time my 13 year old described it as ikea. You follow the arrows and can't go back to look at stuff again. Not that we would. Not that much to see. Was so hot inside that it was almost unbearable. Penguin ride had no line so got cool relief for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went on the hottest day. The aquarium was as expected with lots to look at. The penguin boat ride line was soooooo long and because of the heat we skipped it. The dugong and the sharks were the highlight for us. Our 15month old was very unsure at first, but didn't take long to adjust. Was a good day.

Thank Matt and Koby A
Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Bit of a ripoff for what you get . The penguin experience is like 2 minutes and you could have got the same experience seeing them through the glass. It was ok but overpriced, the gift shop is even more overpriced and dont even get me started on the photos... wouldnt go again. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The aquarium is nice, special is the tunnel to watch the sharks and other fish swim overhead. The artic boat trip is overrated.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My children and I love going to Sydney aquarium.Which in my point of view is way better than Melbourne aquarium. Children love exploring and seeing all the creatures of the sea .Its a must go with little kids .

Thank Fatmih O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Located in Darling Harbour, this aquarium is usually very busy so be prepared to queue to get in and struggle to see many of the exhibits. On the entry level the aquarium is divided into sections relevant to the area e.g. Sydney Harbour, the Barrier Reef, and there are many fish tanks with a wide variety of fish and crustaceans.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Sea Life Aquarium was much larger than expected. Lots on offer and displayed in imaginative ways. Each zone has something amazing to encounter. Gorgeous Little Penguins, great to be able to see how they manoeuvre underwater. Huge sharks and sawfish swimming overhead as if you are a part of the ocean yourself. Immerse yourself for a few hours in... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is ok for small children maybe but for us it was too crowded and felt sorry for the animals. Maybe some renovation could be in order.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Do visit it If u staying near darling harbour than its very convinent to visit it Its just a walking distance....... Amazing aquarium

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The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to Dj’s. Families can visit the Chinese Gardens of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Sydney Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.
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