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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
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
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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Well designed for young and old

Aquarium is comprehensive exhibition of the many interesting examples of all sea life in the fascinating Australian waters. Tanks are nicely designed to create natural environment... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Jon S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Aquarium is comprehensive exhibition of the many interesting examples of all sea life in the fascinating Australian waters. Tanks are nicely designed to create natural environment for both sea life and viewers. Has small tanks and large with some clear tunnels allowing fish to swim over for great view. Well maintained. Good visitor flow especially as you get further into... More 

Thank Jon S
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Having seen many aquariums the aquarium is good but their are some downsides - kids pricing- $30 for a 4 year old is $$$. Especially given you have to be lifted up to see all the smaller tanks.. my son is tall but he is 2-3 years away from not being lifted up to see all the exhibits - the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited here yesterday with our 6 yr old and had a fantastic time. Such a huge variety of displays, and varieties of sea life. Knowledgeable and helpful staff improved the overall experience. The new penguin enclosures were great. Loved the boat trip :) Glad we bought slightly cheaper tickets online as we saved money and missed the long queue.... More 

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

Great variety of sea life here. Staff friendly and knowledgeable. Was great to escape the heat outside.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took my husband and his best friend there... and we loved it. It is well designed and they have beautiful decorations. Loved walking in the tunnels underwater. Definetely a must do if you visit Sydney

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago 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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Casuarina, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 5 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.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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 6 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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Darling Harbour
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 Garden of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Australian National 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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