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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
09:30 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 19:00
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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We've gone to a lot of aquariums. Each one is unique and this one had lots of life from the area of Australia, so it was very enjoyable. We had a guide and she was knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Richard R
Longmont, Colorado
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Amazing views of the under sea life. Best go out of school holidays. But it is really amazing to see the beauty, Especially the sharks.

Thank Oange
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We wandered around the aquarium loving every moment. We would like the give a big thumbs up to Josh who took time out from setting up the lettuce trays to explains some of the feeding regimes. We visited durring the week so there were no crowds.

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Longmont, Colorado
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've gone to a lot of aquariums. Each one is unique and this one had lots of life from the area of Australia, so it was very enjoyable. We had a guide and she was knowledgeable and interesting.

Thank Richard R
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I prepurchased our tickets and got a small discount however still had to queue up for quite a while before going inside which was frustrating. I liked that u just move in one direction to go through the entire aquarium so it's set up really well to ensure you see everything. My 10 year old loved it but I think... More 

Thank Genclarke
Adelaide, Australia
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I really enjoyed the Aquarium, there is much to see and plenty of hands on attractions for the children BUT it is very tired and needs some work but if you can look past that you will enjoy your time here.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We loved the new Penguin experience it was really good, they are such characters and you get so very close to them.

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Bathurst, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Due to rain that never arrived we cancelled our day to Taronga Zoo and went indoors instead to Sydney Aquarium. I personally went there last 6 years ago. I don't think it has improved or expanded much since then except for maybe the penguin boat ride but the kids enjoyed it which was the main thing

Thank Michelle H
Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you have limited time in Sydney, you may skip this attraction. It's better to spend your time outdoors (the harbour) and feed the birds.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium was our first attraction on our pass and it didn't disappoint. The aquarium takes you through a journey from prehistoric times to our oceans today, providing factual information as well as breathtaking sea life! I would highly recommend Sea Life to everyone, particularly younger children, as this attraction is fun and gives you an insight into... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went here for 2-3 hours or so on a Saturday morning and it wasn't to crowded. We booked online to save a few dollars and got into aquarium quickly. Overall the exhibits were really good, we especially enjoyed the underwater tunnels where you have a dugong, sharks, rays and other types of fish swimming over you. The penguin experience... More 

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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 Gardens of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Sydney 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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