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“Great family activity” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Australian Shark & Ray Centre

Australian Shark & Ray Centre
686 Marsh Rd, Bobs Farm, New South Wales 2316, Australia
+61 2 4982 2476
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Bobs Farm
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Newcastle
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“Great family activity”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

I had heard mixed reviews about the Australian Shark and Ray Centre, but I am here to say that it is truly a unique experience for the whole family. I must admit that when you walk it looks old and haggard, however once you start feeding the sharks and rays you forget all about it. Our 7 year old got into the water with a wetsuit on and had a ball. Our not-so-adventurous 9 year old did not want to go into the water and was hesitant to get anywhere near the sharks/rays. However he eventually came around when he realised they were allvery tame - some of them are similar to a dog following you around and begging for food - they have great personalities! Cost was about $110 for four with two cups of food. Additional food is available for $3 per cup. This was heaps of fun, and something that you don't get to do every day.

Visited September 2012
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Newcastle, Australia
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“What a Disappointment”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We walked in to find 4 staff sitting behind the Reception Desk One of the staff had his feet on the desk,another was eating lunch and another was sitting staring into space.It is vastly overpriced $95 for a family-a saving of $3 on normal prices! Wetsuits are an extra $15 each!! Each person receives a quarter of a cup of food which is put in a plastic peg on the end of a stick-extra food costs $3!The staff member assigned to"explain" things couldn't have been less interested and finished by telling us to "be cool" The tanks were filthy, the smell disgusting and the majority of the sharks/rays were not interested in the food anyway.Please find something else to spend your money on in beautiful Port Stephens.It won't be hard to find more enthusiastic staff.

Visited September 2012
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“Poor value for money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012 via mobile

We have a disability group and have been twice. The first time was in school hols and the rays were not interested at all and the water was filthy so we couldn't even see them. The clients enjoyed it however we didn't have concession cards on us and it was an effort for them to let us in a bit cheaper. Even tho it was obvious we were a disability group. I also was grossed out at the waders just being used over and over with everybodies smelly feet in them.
We decided to give it another go in a quieter time. We ended up with one client and one staff however we were told they don't accept disability as concession as they 'treat everyone the same'. They do accept companion cards so not sure how that works. These 2 people were the only ones in there and they were still not feeding so they basically paid $90 to look at stingrays. The one big shark wasn't there.
When I came in with the other clients to collect the first 2, one guy went over to look in the water and a staff member came running over to tell him to get back! Seriously, he wasn't even allowed to take a peek and NO-ONE else was in there.
We will never go back again and I will not recommend this place to anyone else.

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Cessnock, Australia
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“swimming with sharks and rays”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

this place is a great interactive experience that you dont get to do everyday, being that up close to theese magnificant creatures is an unforgettable memory, you can swim with them and you can also feed them although it smells a little bit but you would expect that its a bit of a no brainer i loved the experience and if you have kids they will to, although not all parents will want there kids swimming with sharks and rays i still think you should give it a go.

Visited February 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Fantastic experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

This is a great interactive experience. My partner and I went there and had the opportunity to swim with, pet and feed the sharks and rays. I was a little hesitant at first, but the animals are so tame. Definitely an experience I will never forget.

Visited June 2012
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