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Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

Aquarium Pier | Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
+61 2 8251 7800
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Ranked #82 of 297 Attractions in Sydney
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Type: Aquariums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Take an underwater journey through the world famous SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium - Sydney's best family attraction - and discover the most diverse... more » Owner description: 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 sharks, rare dugongs, elusive platypuses, beautiful seahorses, giant turtles, 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. « less
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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The aquarium is cozy and clean. Not too big so you can really spend time learning about the sea life that is unique to this continent. All of the displays were really well thought out, so you could see every specimen easily. We did not leave disappointed.

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Duty M, Manager at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review. It is great to read about such a positive experience from one of our international guests. We are so happy that you were able to spend a lot of time and really enjoy our Aquarium (as well as learn about Australia's unique animals) and that you appreciate the efforts we have gone... More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed the morning I spent here escaping from the rain. I could only compare with Kelly Tarltons in Auckland, NZ so this was much better - bigger with more animals It would have been expensive for a family and I don't think I would have queued happily with children there - it seems a very slow process

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Duty M, Manager at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank You Deb for your lovely review. We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed visiting our attraction. You mentioned the price which leads me to believe that you purchased your tickets on arrival, may I suggest if you visit us again (which we hope you do) that you pre purchase your tickets on our website. By doing... More

Australia
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14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Lots of Australian sea life to see right near Darwin Harbour. Worth visiting the Wildlife Sydney Zoo at the same time.

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Duty M, Manager at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so glad that you enjoyed both us and the Wild Life Zoo next door. It is a great way to see all the animals that Australia is famous for in one easy location; whether they be under the sea or on the land. We hope to be able to welcome... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Not much of a wide variety to see, would have liked to see more tropical fish! The dome tank was so over crowded even on a non busy day just too small of a area, too many dark places here & there, loved the changing colour jellyfishes which was a shame they were in such a small tank! Overall overpriced... More

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Duty M, Manager at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our Attraction after your recent visit. We were disappointed to hear that you found our Aquarium limited. Unlike most Aquariums around the world who house and international variety of species, we at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium currently only exhibit native species of marine animal (with the exception of our Giant... More

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Surprisingly it's rather small aquarium. The fish/animals are similar to those in Manly Sea Life, they even have the same shark. If you are not buying the bundle package, better stay away from it. We bought the bundle $63, which gives us access to 5 attractions. Disappointed with the varieties of sea animals.

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Duty M, Manager at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Ivan, we appreciate the time it takes our guests to post their experiences and greatly appreciate it. We were disappointed to hear that you found our Aquarium limited in it's displays. Unlike most Aquariums around the world who house an international variety of species, we at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium only exhibit native species of... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This was our second trip with the kids. Over crowded, over priced and not a lot to see. Everything is really spread out and lots of walking. Food prices are a joke and really poor quality.

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Duty M, Manager at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your latest review Melissa. We would really appreciate some more information on what made our food such poor quality, and would greatly appreciate it if you emailed us at SydneyAquarium@merlinentertainments.com.au; address your email to Amber and she will assist you with contacting our Food and Beverage Department. If there are an improvements to be made to our... More

Anápolis, Goias, Brazil
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I was there some years ago and i never forgot there. It is a wonderful place where we can be closer to the nature!!!!!!!!!

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Duty M, Manager at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review Lorena. We are thrilled to read that you have had such a wonderful experience with us recently and we were able to match the good memories you had of us from a previous visit. We hope to be able to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Management... More

washington dc
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138 reviews 138 reviews
93 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This slightly antiquated but still world class aquarium is essential preparation for the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef exhibit is, not surprisingly, the largest in the world. I don't understand skipping this. We had an informative visit, despite the hoards of school children (NSW school hols). Also useful for getting in the mood for snorkeling. A pleasant and... More

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Duty M, Manager at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your recent review. We are so thrilled to read that you enjoyed your visit to us last year, despite the crowd at the time and that you appreciate the sustainably caught fish on our menu. We try very hard to practice what we preach and conservation is a large part of our facility. You may... More

Peterborough
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A nice day out and definitely one to tick off the list but do not expect too much. A generic sealife aquarium with the usual stuff. In a good location right in Darling Harbour so alot more to see after you have been to the aquarium. I liked the "professional" photos they took at the beginning despite them being overly... More

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Duty M, Manager at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you so much for you review after your recent visit. We appreciate your feedback and do know that there are many similarities with our Aquarium and the other SEA LIFE Aquariums around the world. As we all have the same designers and 'themers' who decorate our Attractions the style of each Aquarium is meant to be the same, whilst... More

Cairns, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

When went on a rainy saturday so it was pretty busy. It is definitely bigger inside than it looks. We always love looking at all the fish and going through the tunnels to see the sharks. Definitely look into buying your passes in advance online for the best price. Get the one that combines 5 attractions.

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Duty M, Manager at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Sara, for your lovely and helpful review. It is always great to see tips and advise posted for our future guests to read and access. We are thrilled to read that you had such a lovely day, and were pleasantly surprised by the additional size of our Aquarium. From the outside we do look quite small... More

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