With one of Australia’s best collections of aquatic animals, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is a must-see on your trip down under. Boasting over 13,000 different sea creatures, the aquarium offers an inside look into Australia’s diverse marine life.
You’ll get the chance to learn more about penguins, sharks, dugongs, reef fish, stingrays and more.
The aquarium also has a large part in sea life conservation. Working in accordance with local universities and research facilities, they strive to keep Australia’s oceans healthy. You can learn more about their efforts with the Breed, Rescue, Protect program.
Check out our helpful guide for visiting SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, packed full of tips for visiting, ways to save on admission, other nearby attractions, and much more.
Looking for SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Tickets?
We’ve got you covered – SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium admission is available with the below money saving options, so you can choose the attraction pass that’s right for you:
1. Explorer Pass – Choose as you go. Includes admission to your choice of attractions.
2. Build Your Own Pass – Select the attractions you want to visit prior to visiting.
Tips for Visiting SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
- Be sure to check the aquarium’s schedule in advance so you can catch a talk or feeding during your visit
- Plan to spend at least an hour and a half exploring all fourteen of the aquarium’s themed exhibits
- Ride the Penguin Expedition (included on The Sydney Pass), an immersive exhibit featuring King and Gentoo penguins and a sub-Antarctic boat ride
Best Times to Visit
We recommend planning your visit for earlier in the day to beat mid-day crowds. With The Sydney Pass, you won’t have to wait to purchase your tickets on site! Just present your pass at the ticket desk for admission.
What You Should Bring
- Camera: you won’t want to miss the chance to snap photos of the unique marine life
- Comfortable shoes & clothes: the aquarium is a large complex, you’ll want to be comfortable as you explore
- Strollers: for those traveling with small children, strollers and carriages are permitted
What to Do There
With fourteen themed areas and daily talks and feedings, there’s tons to do at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Below we’ve listed some of our favorite exhibits to help you plan your day.
South Coast Shipwreck
Enter this shipwrecked environment and explore the marine life of the Southern Oceans. Here you’ll find a colony of Little Penguins darting through the water or waddling across the beach scenery.
Dugongs, a relative of the manatee, are aquatic mammals local to the Indo-West Pacific waters of Australia and Africa. They are the only marine mammals who are herbivorous. There are only five on display in the entire world (two of which live at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium!).
See some of the biggest aquarium sharks in Shark Valley. Walk through the underwater tunnels and see Grey Nurse sharks and the Queensland Hopper – a fish even the sharks steer clear of!
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef, located off the coast of Cairns, is the largest coral reef in the world. If you can’t make it to the reef yourself, check out the world’s largest Great Barrier Reef oceanarium at the aquarium! This exhibit is complete with a Reef Theater, floor-to-ceiling tank views and more that allow for the best view of exotic fish, sharks, sawfish and more.
Learn more about the local waters among stilted piers and platform decks. With over 600 species of fish inhabiting the harbor, Sydney is a vital link in Australia’s ecological system. Get eye-to-eye with the Port Jackson sharks, snappers and more.
Dive deep into the ocean and discover the evolution of sea creatures and life’s mysterious beginnings. See cephalopods, like the nautilus, Sydney octopus, and mourning cuttlefish, up close.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is right in Darling Harbour, so there are plenty of other great attractions located nearby. Here are a few we suggest adding to your itinerary.
Madame Tussauds Sydney – Located right next door, Madame Tussauds boasts an all-star array of your favorite celebrities in wax figure form. You’ll be able to touch and put your arms around the likes of Nicole Kidman, Katy Perry, Mahatma Gandhi and more.
Australian National Maritime Museum – Also local to Darling Harbour, the National Maritime Museum is your one-stop shop for all things Australian naval history. You can explore extensive collections of maritime objects, see captivating exhibitions and learn more about Australia’s sea exploration and research.
Harbour Bridge Electric Bike Tour – On a beautiful day, this is the best way to see the city as you bike over the iconic Harbour Bridge. See parts of Sydney you wouldn’t see by foot, car or bus on this 1.5-hour tour.
Places to Eat Nearby
Harbour Bar and Kitchen – Dine on authentic Australian cuisine at this upscale barbeque eatery. Everything is cooked the old-school way and each bite will taste better than the last.
Wharf Kitchen – Want to grab a quick and casual meal? You don’t even have to leave the aquarium! Wharf Kitchen serves up delicious fish n’ chips, salads, sandwiches, wraps and more right on site.
Hurricane’s Grill Darling Harbour – With a mix of just about everything on the menu, this restaurant is sure to satisfy any and all cravings. Have your pick of divine steaks, burgers, seafood or salads with gorgeous harbor views as you dine.
Getting in: Meal at Harbour Bar and Kitchen tickets are included on The Sydney Pass.
Save on Admission with the Sydney Pass
Remember, the Sydney Pass is one of the best choices for maximum savings and flexibility, which includes SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.
Save up to 45% on top sightseeing tours, and popular activities vs. paying at the gate. Visit multiple attractions for one low price.
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