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Published February 19th 2012
Children Squeal as Giant Stingray Hovers Above

Stingray
Stingray hovers over the viewing tunnel at Sydney Aquarium


Right in the heart of Darling Harbour, the Sydney Aquarium is a remarkable haven showcasing over 12,000 aquatic animals from 650 species in magnificent underwater displays.

The unique underwater viewing tunnels allow visitors to get up close and personal with the animals including sharks, rare dugongs, platypuses, seahorses, turtles, jellyfish, tropical fish, and stingrays, just to name a few. Sydney Aquarium's pair of orphaned dugongs are amongst only a handful on display in anywhere in the world.

Sydney Aquarium has recently opened a new exhibit, Saw and Claws, which features the smalltooth sawfish and a variety of crabs, including the huge Japanese spider crabs and giant Tasmanian crabs. Other notable exhibits include the Great Barrier Reef, Platypuses, Seals and - of course - the Sharks and Stingrays.

Why go to the Sydney Aquarium?

Sydney Aquarium Seals
Sydney Aquarium Seals, by Chensiyuan


The Sydney Aquarium is a perfect day out for any occasion, whether it's a family outing, a fun date for a couple, or just hanging out with a group of friends.

Children will love searching for Nemo in the Great Barrier Reef exhibit - a perfect way to keep them mesmerised for hours. There are also a good range of 'hands-on' exhibitions where children can interact with the displays, enhancing their enjoyment of the day and their overall learning experience. The seal sanctuary will also have the kids squealing with joy at their antics.

For the romantic couple, there are many little areas where you can sit together and enjoy viewing the displays together, or just wander around hand-in-hand and marvel at the wildlife.

The venue is very child friendly and also wheelchair accessible with wide ramps allowing great access to all areas.

Top 3 Highlights

Sharks
Sydney aquarium, by Dylerpillar


Shark Feeding - yes, if you're lucky, you get to hop in a small boat, row out to the middle of the shark tank and throw in a handful of fish for the shark to feed on. The shark feeding is extremely popular so make sure you call ahead and book.

Underwater Viewing Tunnels - the tunnels are truly amazing and allow you to get very close and view the animals from all angles. It can be very surreal to have a huge Grey Nurse Shark sidle up beside you, or a giant Swordfish hover over above.

Great Barrier Reef Exhibit - At around 2 million litres, this exhibition is the world's largest and spectacularly display the enormous variety of life found in the Australia's Great Barrier Reef. You could spend hours sitting on the benches that line the exhibition and watch the schools of vibrant fish swim by against the backdrop of brightly coloured coral.

Tickets and Hours

Sydney Aquarium
Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour


Probably the only downside of the Sydney Aquarium is the entry price, so be sure to book ahead online at the Sydney Aquarium website to get a 50% discount off the walk-up price.

There are also many different types of Combo and Family passes available, which offer huge discounts especially if you plan to visit other Sydney highlights such as WILD LIFE Sydney, Sydney Tower, Oceanworld Manly or Madame Tussauds Sydney.

The Sydney Aquarium also has a 'Best Price Guarantee', ensuring that you will always get single tickets at the cheapest available rate on the Sydney Aquarium website and there are no booking fees.

Sydney Aquarium is typically open from 9am-5pm, 7 days a week. However, check their website for current hours of operation when planning your visit.
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Why? A great day out for everyone, especially children
When: Open 9am-8pm daily (exceptions apply, check the website)
Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
Cost: Various ticket prices and packages are available, ranging from $10 . Check the website for details.
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