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Seahorse World & The Southern Ocean Aquarium

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published May 22nd 2016
See the seahorses
At Beauty Point, near Launceston, is the brilliant tourist attraction - Seahorse World and the Southern Ocean Aquarium.

Seahorse World Tasmania
Seahorse World, Tasmania (ępaula mcmanus)

Seahorses in the wild are seriously under threat. There are approximately 20 million seahorses taken from the seas each year - most of them are used in traditional Chinese medicines. The destruction of their natural habitats also has a big impact on seahorse numbers.

Seahorse World Tasmania
Seahorse World, Tasmania (ępaula mcmanus)

Seahorse World are one of only a few seahorse farms in the world that are allowed to breed and export seahorses. They breed them under a permit issued by Environment Australia and the live trade between countries is regulated by the United Nations Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Seahorses from Tasmania make their way to the USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Italy, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, China and Korea and are also sold to some of the worlds largest aquariums in Florida, Monterey Bay California, Chicago, Dorset UK, Melbourne, Sydney, Bangkok and Shanghai.

Seahorse World Tasmania
Seahorse World, Tasmania (ępaula mcmanus)

The guided tour takes you on a fascinating and informative tour of the working seahorse farm. It's a unique tour and totally absorbing. The farm is high-tech and you'll see thousands upon thousands of seahorses in varying ages; from birth to adulthood.

The tour travels through The Cave of the Seahorse, working Seahorse Farm and the Wonders of the Southern Ocean Aquarium and ends with the unforgettable experience of holding a beautiful seahorse in the palm of your hand!

leafy sea dragon
Leafy sea dragon (ępaula mcmanus)

To be honest, I went into Seahorse World expecting to walk around and see a few tanks filled with seahorses. It was so very different to what I had expected and we found it incredibly hard to leave. There was so much to see. In fact, we couldn't leave and asked to go through again! The staff were terrific - I have a feeling that there are other visitors who do this too. We were there for hours.

My friend and I purchased the double visit pass to both Seahorse World and the Platypus House. It was a windy, cold and blustery day and it turned out to be the perfect place for us to be during that weather - both sites are indoors and totally protected from the weather.

Seahorse World Tasmania
Seahorse World, Tasmania (ępaula mcmanus)

I would definitely make a return visit to Beauty Point to see the seahorses and the aquariums and can highly recommend Seahorse World to visitors of all ages - this place will keep all members of the family interested and engaged.

Purchasing the double pass to Seahorse World and Platypus House is also recommended. We found that the duo ticket was excellent value for money and we thoroughly enjoyed both places. Be sure to allow enough time to visit both. I think if you miss either one of these fantastic attractions, you'll regret it later. If you're undecided, my advice is to just do it!

Seahorse World Tasmania
Seahorse World, Tasmania (ępaula mcmanus)

on the wharf at Beauty Point, 45 minutes from Launceston or Devonport.

Opening hours:
Open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day)

free parking on the wharf
Door front disabled parking available

Adult $22
Child 4-16 years (kids under 4 years free) $9
Family (up to 2 adults and up to 6 kids) $54
Seniors $19
Students $19
Book ahead via their online system

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Why? See the seahorses
When: Open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day)
Phone: 03 6383 4111
Where: Beauty Point, Tasmania
Cost: check their website for entry charges
Your Comment
Congratulations winning first place.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 1960 days ago
Fabulous photos, Paula. Thanks for informing us about the plight of sea horses. If I were planning a trip to Tasmania I would definitely go there after reading your article.
by Cate W (score: 2|266) 1966 days ago
What beautiful creatures. Lovely photos Paula.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4212) 1974 days ago
Congratulations of winning first prize in this month's competition.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9217) 1960 days ago
Love seahorses; thanks for these amazing photos!
by Kristin Ravelle (score: 2|304) 1970 days ago
So glad my vote counted as this is an excellent story and amazing photos! It brings great joy, thank you.
by Kate Blake (score: 3|1483) 1960 days ago
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