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  • Located on Sydney's iconic Darling Harbour
  • A memorable glass walk-through tunnel

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

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Enjoy an aquatic themed day out with single entry tickets to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. You're in for a great family outing at Sydney Aquarium; the aquarium features an abundance of unique marine animals showcased in multiple stunning exhibits helping make SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium one of the best attractions in Sydney. Witness sharks, stingrays, dugongs, even Australia's own duck-billed platypus for a great day out.

Featuring a glass walk-through tunnel, that lets you feel like you're in the exhibit with the animals, and the brand new, world-first penguin exhibit. The Penguin Expedition is the newest addition to the aquarium and features a continuous chain of boats floating through the King and Gentoo Penguin colony enclosures. Allowing guests to get up close and personal in groups of eight, the exhibit is only all day every day and is included in the admission price.

With not only exhibits but also a variety of daily shows, there is so much to do at Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium. Lovers of all things aquatic will be well in their element with a visit to this popular Darling Harbour attraction no matter their age. Located right in the heart of Sydney, this great aquarium is convenient to access and provides one of the best things to do in Sydney.

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  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Admission

Highlights

  • South Coast Shipwreck area is where you discover a vast array of animals native to the Southern Oceans. Some of the animals you will see include Little Penguins, Port Jackson Sharks and Moon Jellies
  • Jurassic Seas allows you to explore the depths of the ocean and see where life began and meet weird and wonderful living fossils. Some of the animals you will see include Nautilus, Lungfish and Peacock Mantis Shrimp
  • Sydney Harbour area zone provides a snapshot of what lies beneath one of the most iconic harbours in the world. Some of the animals you will see include Silver Sweep, Mado and Cuttlefish
  • Dugong Island home to a pair of dugongs and other amazing animals including White Spotted Eagle Rays, various shark species and dozens of species of fish
  • Shark Valley walk over some of the world's biggest aquarium sharks then journey deep under the sea and explore the depths of Shark Valley. Some of the animals you will see include Grey Nurse Shark, Sicklefin lemon Shark and the huge Queensland Groper
  • Discovery Rockpool is where you can see and touch stars, shark eggs, shells and coral
  • Clownfish Garden is a themed zone provides the perfect home for stunning tropical fish including Clown Anemonefish, Regal Tangs, cardinalfish, wrasses and more
  • Bay of Rays you will see the rays swimming up against the glass or just enjoying a rest on the sandy bottom. Some of the animals you will see include Maskray, Unicornfish and Harlequin Tuskfish
  • Art Aquarium is an interactive experience that educates about the importance of sustainable seas
  • Great Barrier Reef area- The Great Barrier Reef oceanarium is the largest in the world. Kick back and relax as you watch hundreds of reef species cruise before your eyes. Some of the animals you will see include Grey Reef shark, Smalltooth sawfish & Giant trevally
  • Penguin Expedition - Inspired by Macquarie Island, an Australian owned island in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, Penguin Expedition is a world first exhibit which takes guests on an immersive journey through a rugged, sub-Antarctic environment at a cool but comfortable six degrees Celsius, surrounded by a colony of Gentoo Penguins
  • Day & Night on the Reef - Jellies, Bioluminescence, Predetors, Spawning, Turtle Beach... this is your getaway to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on a journey thorugh night and day

Operating Hours

  • Open daily from 9.30am to 6pm (last entry at 5pm)
  • Operating hours are subject to change without notice

Duration

  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is one of the world's largest aquariums and we recommend you allow around 90 minutes for your visit

Location

  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is located on the city side of Darling Harbour, right in the heart of Sydney

Booking Information

  • Upon arrival, please proceed to the ticketing counter to receive a barcoded ticket in exchange of your voucher
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of entry
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • Children under the age of 18 must be attended by an adult who is over 18
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
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Hoi Chan 3 weeks ago Went to SEA LIFE last week with my family including two elderly and a pre-schooler, we all enjoyed the whole 3 hours spent in there. Staff are so friendly and responsive when my kid urged to wee and ran for 800m with the little feet, on the way back, staff led us along a shortcut route to reunite with our grannies. Thank you so much! I am so amazed by the numerous varieties of sea creatures and impressed by the journey on the penguin boat. I'd also like to thank the diver who interacts with my son by waving his hands. One simple action melt my son's little heart, he had the biggest smile I've ever seen. Thank you.
The kids loved it
Jolene Saldeng 2 weeks ago

The kids loved it. I would recommend going on a weekday though to avoid the crowds. We went on a Saturday morning right on opening time and it was very crowded. We loved the walk through tunnel and watching all the sea creatures swim above us.

It was ok because I thought there were more fish in the underground aquarium about 10 years ago
Lynda Anstee 3 weeks ago

It was ok because I thought there were more fish in the underground aquarium about 10 years ago. There were maybe turtles and large giant sea clams but didn’t see any on the day. The starfish with touch & feel was good. I definitely like the penguins. I didn’t like the decorative in front of the giant fish tank but I like the surprise interactive stepped on beach front where you don’t get wet when you in the water.

Went to SEA LIFE last week with my family including two elderly and a pre-schooler
Hoi Chan 3 weeks ago

Went to SEA LIFE last week with my family including two elderly and a pre-schooler, we all enjoyed the whole 3 hours spent in there. Staff are so friendly and responsive when my kid urged to wee and ran for 800m with the little feet, on the way back, staff led us along a shortcut route to reunite with our grannies. Thank you so much! I am so amazed by the numerous varieties of sea creatures and impressed by the journey on the penguin boat. I'd also like to thank the diver who interacts with my son by waving his hands. One simple action melt my son's little heart, he had the biggest smile I've ever seen. Thank you.

Such a lovely experience for the whole family
Lara Panos 3 weeks ago

Such a lovely experience for the whole family. The renovation is so worth it with the jell fish tanks, neon lights, turtle and interactive visual art being a highlight. A good two hours of exploring was a morning super well spent for us and the kids.

I went with family
Jane Chan 1 month ago

I went with family. What a great experience! Would like to come again. The Aquarium has many numerous kinds of sea creatures, we especially enjoyed the penguin place, walk-through glass under huge water tank was also impressive. Thanks for bringing us such a fantastic time.

Great place to see some of the world's most beautiful fish
Rouba Khalaf 1 month ago

Great place to see some of the world's most beautiful fish. We had a very good time. We got to see amazing creatures and learn lots of interesting stuff. Highly recommended. Make sure you take the boat ride to see the penguins. It's worth the wait. I just wish it was longer.

Went to Sydney Aquarium with family and all of us had a really good time
Tanuja Patwardhan 2 months ago

Went to Sydney Aquarium with family and all of us had a really good time. Unfortunately, the penguin tour was cancelled due to some technical reason which didn't go well with my 4 year old as he was looking forward to it. Would visit again next year.

We went to the aquarium at the last minute
Jane Chan 2 months ago

We went to the aquarium at the last minute. My boy loves it, will go again earlier. Thumbs up for so many interactions that my kid enjoyed very much. The penguin exhibition is amazing and free penguin boat is a must. The walk under the glass is something that you can't miss too. We also love the dugong and its display tank. The only downside is the size, but what can you complain as it's located in the city, right next to Darling Harbour.

We went for my daughter's 1st Birthday with our other 2 kids
Nofosa'o Tuetue 2 months ago

We went for my daughter's 1st Birthday with our other 2 kids. It was a great day out. Even though it was super busy and congested due to Chinese New Year we still managed to get through and see everything. A wonderful way to spend our daughters first Birthday.

It was a great experience with family and friends
Rohan Patel 2 months ago

It was a great experience with family and friends. Would like to come again here in future. And visit the remaining places nearby as well like Madame Tussauds and WILD LIFE Zoo. SEA LIFE had many varieties of sea creatures and we enjoyed a lot watching them that day. Thanks!

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Sam Hillman SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Meet SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s adorable dugongs Pig and Wuru at Dugong Island and engage in our interactive experiences to learn all about their heartwarming rescue story. Working with our rescued dugongs is a truly unique and rewarding career!.

It is recommended to allow at least 90 minutes for your visit. Vouchers displayed on a mobile device are accepted!

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

By Dana Williamson

Part of the popular aquarium outlets, SEA LIFE Sydney is the one stop shop for all things aquatic. Here you can come face to face with graceful, colourful and sometimes scary marine life that call this place home.

Experience Oz Sydney Expert Dana Williamson recently visited SEA LIFE Sydney to check out what’s new including the ‘Day and Night on the Reef Exhibit and the world’s first Penguin ride through the Penguin exhibit.

How To Get There

SEA LIFE Sydney is located in the heart of the city so there are many transport options available to get you there.

By Train: Get off at either Town Hall or Wynyard Station. It is only a short walk down to Darling Harbour from either station.

By Bus: The Big Bus Sydney has a SEA LIFE stop on Wheat Road. Regular buses can also drop you off at either Market or King Street where you make your way down to the harbour.

By Car: Although it is not the cheapest option or most convenient way there are a range of carparks close by that are eligible for discounted rates with a valid SEA LIFE entry ticket.

By Foot: The aquarium is within easy walking distance to the city centre.

Highlights

  • A chance to see some of your favourite sea creatures and even ones you never knew existed
  • Family-friendly attraction
  • FREE Penguin Boat Ride
  • Great photo opportunities
  • Educational Talks and interactive displays
  • Brand NEW Day and Night on the Reef Exhibit

What You'll Do

Jump in line

Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium Entrance

The aquarium makes itself very known that it is there with all of its walls plastered with pictures and branding. Following the signs we find ourselves in line for all the surrounding attractions before splitting off from there.

It was a Friday and school holidays hadn’t started yet so we practically were able to dive straight into the aquarium without a wait.

Smile for the camera

After our tickets were scanned, we were invited over for our first ever green screen photo opportunity. We ended up getting so distracted by all the animals later on that we forget to check back to see how these photos turned out but I'm sure they were awesome.

Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium Review

South Coast Shipwreck

The first animals we saw were some adorable little penguins at the South Coast Shipwreck. In a darkened room we could see the birds swimming about and hassling the staff member who was in the enclosure with them.

With both above and under water viewing from the floor to ceiling glass window, we could have easily spent a good portion of the day admiring their adorable antics.

The vicinity also had various information boards and interactive exhibits for the younger ones (and young at heart) to enjoy and learn about the animals and their environment.

Jurassic Seas

Moving forward we entered the Jurassic Seas exhibition, home to some animals that can be found in the deepest and darkest parts of the ocean.

It didn't take too long before I FOUND NEMO at the entrance of the Jurassic seas.

With smoke and lighting effects, dinosaur displays and a huge circular tank taking charge of the room, there sure was a lot going on in the room. However, it was the giant lungfish/salamander in the middle of the room that got my attention.

Sydney SEA LIFE Dinosaur displays

The Lungfish (or Salamander fish), which is often referred to as a ‘living fossil’ as its ancestors date all the way back to dinosaur times. You can also learn about the evolution of various animals including jellyfish and Port Jackson sharks as well as facts about animals that have also lived in pre-historic times.

I was baffled at first because it is not everyday you see a creature like this but thanks to the handy signage I not only found out it's name but also its habitat information, threats, conservation status and cool features.

Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium Review

Dugong Island

From here we moved onto my mum's favourite part of the entire day, Dugong Island with an exhibit that allows you to view these creatures from above and below the water's surface.

We made our way down into the tunnels that allow you to experience the grace of not only the cheeky dugongs but the large stingrays too. Sydney SEA LIFE Dugongs

Once you make your way through the tunnels you wind your back to the top where you can enjoy the sea creatures from above. You may even be lucky enough to watch them during feeding time!

Touch Pool

In terms of hands on activities at the aquarium the touch tank is available for all ages to get up close to some massive starfish and more.

With an experienced staff member on hand to help you identify what is what in the small rock pool. The young ones visiting at the same time as us were amazed by the animals and giggled at the touch of their sometimes-slimy skin.

Shark Valley and The Shark Walk

Time to dive back under into the one of the most popular parts of the aquarium.. the sharks!

The shark tunnels are a great way to explore the underwater environments and get some great photos of the predators of the ocean swimming above you. The Shark Walk is a another popular exhibit in the aquarium with long, toothy sharks swim over and around you is both alarming and exciting.

Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium Review

The tank houses a range of animals including Grey Nurse Sharks, Lemon Sharks and their newest edition, a giant Queensland Grouper, often found in the waters off the northern east coast.

Although fascinated by sharks what I found surprising were the Shark Dive Extreme divers lining the tank. I do have to give it to them.. they are a lot braver than I ever will be!

Penguin Expedition

Now for my favourite part of the day..Penguins!

Here you are faced with the biggest decision of the day, to go on the FREE penguin ride or not go on the FREE penguin ride. For me, it was an easy choice especially with no line at all.

I had never seen this part of the aquarium before so it was all a huge surprise.

Sydney SEA LIFE Penguin Ride

Once checked into the world first penguin ride experience you make your way to the boat and are sent off on a 2 minute expedition through Macquarie Island. I won’t go into too much detail here because I want to save some surprises for your visit but I will say it is totally worth it. After all it is already included in your entry fee.

Whether you choose to go ahead with the boat ride or not everyone gets a chance to see the penguins by foot. I really could have spent the whole day here watching these cuties.

Sydney SEA LIFE Penguin Exhibit

Day and Night on the Great Barrier Reef

Last but certainly not least, I visited the brand new Day and Night on the Reef exhibit. This exhibit gives you the chance to view the natural phenomena and marine life that come to life over a 24 hour period on the reef from sunset to sunrise the next day.

This whole part of SEA LIFE Sydney took my breath away. From the mesmerising jelly fish displays surrounded by mirrors to the insane interactive projections, all of my expectations were exceeded and this part of the aquarium alone makes it worth a visit.

Sydney SEA LIFE  Jellyfish

I was drawn to the animated projection of the starry skies and bioluminescent covered beach.

Don't worry there are still plenty of your favourite animals waiting for you here including turtles and even more sharks!

Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium Review

Speaking of turtles, one of the most important displays in the exhibit focuses on the sea turtle nesting process and how crucial it is that we do every we can to protect the environment. More than ever we are making a push towards reducing and recycling to protect our environment and save the oceans and SEA LIFE presents this message of conservation in a fun and educational way.

Sydney SEA LIFE Turtles

This exhibit in particular is brought to life through interactive projections on the walls and floors where you and those around you step on the rubbish to recycle. Once the beach is clean the sea turtles can come out and play. To see firsthand the joy this brought to young ones around myself of course made my day.

Sydney SEA LIFE Bio Beach

Unfortunately this led us to the end of the day where it was time to say a sad goodbye to the aquarium through the gift shop and out into Darling Harbour.

What's Included

  • Entry to the aquarium
  • FREE Penguin boat ride

What To Bring

  • Tickets
  • Camera
  • Money (for photos & souvenirs)
  • Comfortable walking shoes

Our Recommendations

Attracting a mixture of visitors including young families, couples, the elderly and school and tour groups, Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium is a must for those interested in seeing the wander of living under water and some of Australia’s aquatic inhabitants.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is a place that no matter how old you are, you are filled with child like wonder and excitement. It is perfect for families, the elderly, school/tour groups or even a dream date. I had an amazing day with my Mum and I hope you love SEA LIFE as much as we did.

This was my second visit to SEA LIFE and I was a little worried going back because I was disappointed in the past but this time exceeded my expectations. There are so many updates and new features that are certainly worth visiting again. Take your time wondering through the aquarium. If you want to spend more time with the penguins then do it. There is no time limit so make the most of this world class exhibit.

If you are wanting to avoid big crowds as much as possible then the weekdays are the best time to visit. Plan ahead and keep in mind that every day of the week will be busy during the school holidays.

There are also water refill stations throughout the aquarium but it may be a good idea to bring snacks if you are planning on spending several hours here.

Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium Review

Friendly Reminder

Please do not use flash photography in the aquarium for the safety and well being of the marine creatures. If you see someone using flash photography kindly inform them why they should stop.

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