SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Discover creatures of the Southern Ocean in the 2-million-litre oceanarium. Melbourne SEA LIFE aquarium is home to King and Gentoo penguins, nurse sharks and a mega croc.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
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Stephanie Moncayo
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I attended the NYE 18+ event with my partner and it was a disaster. We paid $200 a person and it was absolutely not worth the money. We had to wait in line for 45 minutes just to get into the venue despite having purchased our tickets online, and when I walked to the front to see what the hold up was, it turned out that they only had one person checking everyone's tickets.

Once we were finally allowed inside, we had to wait in line AGAIN for the food, and when we reached the front of the line it turned out there were no shrimp or oysters left. We went to the back room which also had a table of food, and had to wait again just to see that this table was poorly stocked with food also. The staff was refilling the food very slowly, and we had to get on line again once they finally restocked it. The line for drinks was absolutely ridiculous and we didn't even bother trying to get drinks when we first arrived. There weren't enough tables or chairs to sit, and to top it all off, they didn't even have enough utensils, so my partner and I had to share one fork.

Lastly, the main event was to watch the fireworks from the building, however the small platform was so crowded that we couldn't even get onto the platfrom to view them. When I asked a staff member if there was anywhere else we could go to see them, he told us that we could go downstairs and outside (which was the free general public area). So we ended up having an obstructed view that we could've just seen for free if we hadn't come to the aquarium.

Overall, save your money and don't bother coming here for NYE. I'm sure you can get better service and more value for your money elsewhere. The only nice thing was the aquarium itself, and that wasn't enough to save the event.
Written January 2, 2020
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Hi smon3208, I'm sorry to hear your experience was not as incredible as we would've hoped. For all enquiries regarding the New Years Eve Extravaganza event please contact our events staff at functions@melbourneaquarium.com.au or give them a call on 9067 8375. Apologies again, and wishing you all the best for 2020. Kindest regards, SEA LIFE Melbourne
Written January 7, 2020
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shona p
Wellington, New Zealand22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
It was a public holiday the day we went so was very crowded but we still managed to see everything without too much trouble and we had 2 children 3 and 5. The exhibits were great and child friendly and some interactive. I loved those domes that children could get in and see everything. The information provided was easy to read. I loved the jellyfish and the seahorses. I recommend the aquarium for any one visiting Melbourne. It is easy to get to by tram or foot.
Written January 7, 2020
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Hi Shona! Thank you for your review, 5 Stars :D This is fantastic to hear!!! It is always great to know that our visitors have enjoyed their time exploring SEA LIFE Melbourne. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and look forward to welcoming you all again soon :) Kindest regards, SEA LIFE Melbourne
Written January 7, 2020
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Nigel B
Chipping Ongar, UK261 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We chose a rainy day in Melbourne to visit and were not disappointed. We arrived just before opening at 10 am and as expected there was quite a long queue to buy tickets and then another queue for a photograph that we did not want. It would be helpful if this could be more easily bypassed by those not wanting photos.
The Aquarium is well laid out into numbered zones and hosts an impressive number of amazing creatures. We particularly enjoyed the majestic stingrays, the 'Ocean Invaders' jellyfish display and the Penguin Playground. Don't bother to trek to Phillip Island to sit and shiver to see a few little penguins at sunset. Come here and you have a great view of the much larger penguins under water and on land.
The Aquarium looked particularly good for children with lots of interactive displays and a large dedicated area for colouring and more interactive games.
Written February 29, 2020
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Hi Nigel! Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave a positive review of your visit to SEA LIFE Melbourne. As a family attraction, our numbers increase during the weekends and it can often get a little busy getting inside. We encourage guests to visit us during the week and/or before 11 am or after 4 pm for a more quite and relaxing visit to the aquarium. We hope you were still able to learn some new FINtastic facts about the ocean and its creatures during your visit. We hope to SEA you again in the future! :) Kindest regards, SEA LIFE Melbourne
Written June 3, 2020
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PAC Texas
Austin, TX200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If I lived in Melbourne with children or was visiting with children this would be one of my favorite places to go (along with Science Works and Puffin Billy). it is very geared toward children and they would have an awesome time there. Some of the displays have little places only kids can fit or viewing spots way down low. There is a huge variety of sea life here and fish are always fascinating. Everything from a sea horse exhibit to penguins in snow to crocodiles, sharks, rays, and more. I was with my husband and on a Sunday it was very noisy and crowded. If you are going with adults only I recommend going during the week when it might be a little less crowded and quieter. (There might be school groups then?) The place is very large, use the map and make sure you get to all the exhibits before exiting. We bought our tickets there, walking in for $44.
Written January 19, 2020
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Hi Peggy, Thanks for the great review! We hope you were able to go home having learnt some new facts about our awesome oceans! As a family attraction, our numbers increase during the weekends and it can often get a little busy inside. We encourage guests to visit us during the week and/or before 11 am or after 4 pm for a more quiet and relaxing visit to the aquarium. We hope to SEA you again soon! Best fishes, SEA LIFE Melbourne
Written January 24, 2020
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Sophina
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The experience surrounded by swimming fish was great. However, the only exist through the souvenir shop was unnecessary and unfair on parents who may have already stretched the budget to take the family. The added costs for children to partake in activities also put pressure on parents.
Written December 19, 2021
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SylviaTourstein
1,210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
An hour an a half of fun. A little expensive but the money is well spent on the upkeep of the place and the animals. There are interactive areas for the kids including: touching tank, a tank reflecting wall and crawl through tank spaces. Australian sea life is definitely represented and the jelly fish are plenty. The huge stingrays swimming above as you walk thru the tunnel tank is amazing. The penguins are a highlight. If you haven’t been to a SEALIFE somewhere in the world, I recommend to go!
Written January 16, 2020
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Hi Sylvia, Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave a positive review of your visit to SEA LIFE Melbourne. We love reading that you and your family had a great time during your visit with us. The stingrays and Penguins are ceratinly highlights for both guests and staff alike :) Thank you for recommending us and we hope to see you again soon. Best fishes, SEA LIFE Melbourne
Written January 24, 2020
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Sharon B
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Great Talks at the feeding times , Amazing Jelly Fish I have never seen before, The Biggest Croc I have ever seen. , The Glass tunnel Stingrays, Sharks and all sorts of fish, Swim alongside and around you, Easy to get around , The Penguins are a big hit in there ice environment slipping and sliding away, swimming just having a Ball. A Great place for all ages, Cafes and Gift shop are very good. A Must place to see, Can rush through if wish or can spend all day listening to each speaker, Worth the Entry Fee for sure
Written February 26, 2020
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Hey Sharon! JAWSOME review! It is always so lovely to hear that our guests enjoyed their time with us! Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave a positive review of your visit to SEA LIFE Melbourne. We are happy to see that you had a nice day out and enjoyed coming face to face with some of the creatures of the sea! We hope to SEA you again in the future! :) Kindest regards, SEA LIFE Melbourne
Written June 2, 2020
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thetaylors2017
Newcastle, Australia68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We were pleasantly surprised to see Sea Life open on Christmas Day. We spent most of our Christmas Day at Sea Life - a surprisingly busy day! Lots of other people were happy to spend their Christmas Day there as well. We come to Sea Life every time we visit Melbourne and it's always a highlight for our young children (aged 8 and 5). They are always completely exhausted after a big day of walking around and exploring every single part of the aquarium. The staff were so friendly (as always).

The only negative I have is when they take your photo at the start, and then hassle you at the end (usually through the children) to buy the photo back from them.
Written January 21, 2020
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Hi there, Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave a positive review of your visit to SEA LIFE Melbourne. We love reading that you and your family had a great time during your visit with us. Awesome to hear you visit us every time you are in Melbourne. Be sure to check us out on social media as we always have new events and activities going on! Thank you for recommending us and we hope to see you again soon. Best fishes, SEA LIFE Melbourne
Written January 24, 2020
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Jen
Melbourne, Australia14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
After passing through the admissions everyone had to queue and pass through the photographer taking group photos. This this took at least 10 minutes with no option for direct entry.
Many exhibits information was difficult to both locate and also read, A4 laminated pages with overcrowded and tiny font.
Toilet facilities were dirty and looked like they had not been cleaned from previous day. Doors had broken locks, not what l expect in a facility like this.
Written September 27, 2022
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Net
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The Aquarium was great, we really enjoyed the penguins feeding. Some of the staff at the front desk were not very helpful. We left our tickets at the motel half an hour away and the service staff were not willing to seek assistance from other staff to find our booking( we left our tickets behind so could get past that). We finally were able to get our tickets sorted but had to leave a ticket at the desk for my partner who went back to the motel and sent a picture through of our booking. He arrived back and talked to one of the staff at the front desk who was not willing to look for his ticket instead making him wait for another service staff. After 30 minutes waiting he then spoke to another staff member she found the ticket and he was able to join us in the Aquarium.
Written January 13, 2020
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Hi Bugles86! It is really disappointing to see that you did not enjoy your experience with us here at SEA LIFE Melbourne as much as we would have hoped. We would really like to know exactly what went wrong during with your tickets to see how we could improve. If you could please email us your feedback via info@melbourneaquarium.com.au we'd really appreciate it. Thank you. :) Kindest regards, SEA LIFE Melbourne
Written January 21, 2020
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