Last week while in Sydney on a little family get away, my husband and I decided it would be fun to take the Kids to a few attractions in Sydney… Sea Life Aquarium was at the top of the list. Both my husband and I had been a few things before, and love it every time. We had also taken our eldest daughter there when she was three, so it had been at least 5 years since any of us had been – and not at all for our three youngest.
What I love most about Sea Life Sydney is that it is super family friendly, especially if you have little people in your family, pushing a pram or are elderly. There are no steps, providing smooth carpeted flooring and ramps accompanied by railings to lend a hand.
The corridor/walk ways are some what enclosed, so we were able to let our toddler (nearly two) walk/run/explore at his own pase, take in the experience and exhaust him of all his energy, in preparation for his lunch time nap 😉
There were fun activities, interactive computer screens and informative displays through out which kept the kids (especially the older ones) amused… uncovering fossils was definitely a favourite.
Between the six of us, there were a few variations on our favorite part visiting Sea Life Sydney was. For our Four year old, she LOVED the penguins, and going on the Penguin Expedition Ride (I loved that it was FREE), she also thought the mermaid murals in the aquarium were the bees knees and have made her believe in magic that little bit more. Our toddler loved the “fish, fish, fish” and being able to explore and see it all on his own. We had to pretty much drag our Seven year old from the Discovery Touch Pools when it was time to leave and our Eight year old said the Jurassic Sea’s Exhibit was by far the “Coolest”. For Hubby and I – you really cant beat a good classic and Shark Valley will always be that for us. Walking in that tunnel under the water with Sharks and Rays going over the top of you is by far the best experience.
Another perk I would say is that Sea Life Sydney is inside, so its a great alternative or a really hot day Summer’s day or a cold, windy Winter’s day – if you want to get the kids out and have some fun. We certainly enjoyed beating the heat in there last week!
I definitely think Sea Life Sydney is a MUST if you’re visiting Sydney with the kids or live there and want something fun to do. I love it now, just as much as I did as a kid visiting with my family – so much nostalgia sharing experiences like that.
Its a tick of the family bucket list, and somewhere we will revisit again and again.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW, TO GO
Sea Life Sydney is located right on Darling Harbour, which makes it easily accessible for anyone visiting and staying in the city. We stayed at the Fraser Suits on Kent Street ( see here ) right in the heart of the city/CBD and Darling Harbour was only minutes walk away. With a location as central as that, there was no need for us to try and organise a taxi ( with six people in our tribe, I couldn’t think of anything worse than having to “book” a taxi every time we wanted to go somewhere) or to drive and try to find parking. Darling Harbour is also surrounded by ample transport options with frequent tourist shuttles, buses, with a train station and mono rail close by.
Another perk to its location is that it is within the same building complex as Madame Tussauds and Wild Life Sydney Zoo.
Prices start at $42 per adult and $29.50 per child, with children under 4 free. With the option of also adding on an experience, such as ride on the glass bottom boat, which includes shark feeding at the 11am time slot or meet a penguin.
You can also save money buy purchasing a Sydney Big Ticket online – with the option of 2, 3 or 5 attractions. starting at $50 for 2, for adults and $35 for 2, for children, with under 4’s free.
Click Here for more details on prices and to book.
FEED & TALK TIMES
Ever wanted to know what dugongs eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Or why the ominous looking Grey Nurse Shark is often referred to as the Labrador of the sea? Become an instant expert with Sea Life Sydney’s range of daily talks.
10:30am, 1:30pm, 5:00pm – Jurassic Seas: Living Fossils Talk
Dive back in time with the all-new Jurassic Seas zone! Learn more about the ocean’s living fossils and what you can do to protect them from disappearing forever.
11:00am – Reef Theatre: JAWsome Shark Feed
Sit back and relax to the best view in the aquarium of the Great Barrier Reef while we feed the animals in our largest tank. If you’re interested in feeding the animals yourself check out the Glass Bottom Boat for a hands-on experience!
11:30 am – Penguin Expedition: Sub-Antarctic Penguin Feed & Talk
Watch as the spectacular colony of sub-Antarctic penguins enjoy their breakfast amidst flurries of snow and whistling winds!
12:30pm, 4:00pm – Dugong Island: Dugong Discovery Talk
Play at Dugong Island! Meet Pig and Wuru, our orphaned and rescued dugongs, who have a unique story to tell.
2:00pm – South Coast Shipwreck: Playful Little Penguin Talk
Get your happy feet down to the South Coast Shipwreck and watch our cute and cuddly colony of gorgeous Little Penguins splash about!
3pm – Penguin Expedition: Sub-Antarctic Penguin Talk
Discover all of the unique traits that these majestic sub-Antarctic birds possess and the conservation efforts to protect them!
3:30pm, 5:30pm – Reef Theatre: Great Barrier Reef Talk
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth and is home to thousands of species. Learn about the Reef’s vibrant inhabitants, including reef sharks, trevally, sawfish and more!
To find out more CLICK HERE to be redirected to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s Website.
Let me know below in comments, if you’ve been to Sea Life Sydney and what you thought?
Immersive ride-through adventure
Penguin Expedition is the world first-of-its kind penguin exhibit where guests can get up close and personal to a spectacular colony of King and Gentoo Penguins at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.
A continuous chain of boats, each with a capacity of 8 guests, running all day every day carries guests on a journey along the river, through the heart of the colony.
Inspired by Macquarie Island – an Australian owned island that lies in the south-west Pacific Ocean – Penguin Expedition creates an explorer out of each and every guest as they travel in a raft through a rugged sub-Antarctic environment at a cool-but-comfortable six degrees Celsius.
The voyage includes getting face-to-flipper in an awe-inspiring recreation of the penguins’ home, including magical flurries of snow, whistling winds and the stunning southern lights.
This amazing new discovery aims to educate guests by highlighting the impacts of plastic pollution and habitat destruction affecting these majestic birds.
Amazing discoveries await after disembarking thanks to the researchers at the Macquarie Island Explorer Hut. Guests will find out about SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s penguin breeding program and what they can do to help conserve Macquarie Island.
Nothing extra to pay! Penguin Expedition is included on all tickets and passes for SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.
The Real Penguins of Sydney
Tune into Sea Life Sydney’s brand-new online series, The Real Penguins of Sydney! From dealing with bad fur days and learning how to dance (Happy Feet style), get an inside look into the daily life of Sydney’s coolest colony of sub-Antarctic King and Gentoo penguins and their unique personalities. With 5 episodes and a behind-the-scenes look at making this magical series, you’ll find it hard not to ‘take a beak’ at what the cast have been up to each week. So waddle you waiting for? Tune in every Monday to keep up with the coolest colony in town. Episode 1 and 2 are up NOW, Click Here to catch up!