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New Penguin Expedition at Sydney Aquarium

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Published November 5th 2016
All aboard for a sub-Antarctic voyage
Penguin Expedition, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Image courtesy of Facebook - Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

Have you ever heard of Macquarie Island?

I hadn't, but upon some research, I found it is a small island situated half way between New Zealand and Antarctica. Named after Governor Lachlan Macquarie, it politically belongs to Tasmania and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to seals, penguins and a variety of other birdlife.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium has now recreated the hut on the island and a stunning immersive exhibit that sees you journey by raft to get up close and personal with some King and Gentoo penguins. You'll voyage through a rugged sub-Antarctic environment, complete with flurries of snow, whistling winds and the Southern lights.

All in a cool but comfortable 6 degrees Celsius, this reconstruction of a penguin's home aims to educate visitors on the impacts of plastic pollution and habitat destruction affecting these magnificent birds.

On arrival at the hut, disembark and discover the aquarium's penguin breeding program and how you can help to conserve Macquarie Island. Educational talks from the keepers on being more environmentally conscious will take place, along with daily feeds. You can get face to flipper with some of the playful penguins, including young Steven who is super cheeky and inquisitive. He loves smashing jelly cakes whilst friend Nog, also cheeky, is very protective and likes to look after the younger chicks. There's also George, Genie and Pip, all with their own personalities.

This world first ride-through penguin experience opens from 9th November with a continuous chain of boats running all day every day carrying guests along a river through the heart of the colony. Each boat takes 8 people and, best of all, there is no extra cost for this amazing experience. It is all included in the general admission price.

This expedition is sure to be popular, who doesn't love a penguin? With the summer school holidays approaching, it is best to book online to guarantee a spot on a boat.

So hop on board and venture to the new Macquarie Island Explorer Hut for a ride that will have you feeling like you're on holidays far away.

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Why? For playful penguins
When: Open 7 days, 9.30am-7pm from 9 November
Phone: 1800 199 657
Where: Aquarium Wharf, 1-5 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour
Cost: General Admission Adults $42, Children (4-15yrs) $29.50, cheaper online
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