SEA LIFE® Melbourne Aquarium Tours
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See thousands of marine animals without leaving the city at the SEA LIFE Melbourne aquarium. Boasting more than 10 themed zones, the aquarium features penguins, sharks, rays, crocodiles, starfish, and much more. The ocean’s diversity and marine conservation efforts are the focus at this popular family attraction.
SEA LIFE Melbourne sits on the banks of the Yarra River in central Melbourne. See habitats like the Bay of Rays, the Coral Caves, and the Mermaid Garden, and enjoy activities like animal feedings, keeper talks, and tour on a glass-bottom boat. You can also book experiences like a shark dive or a trip behind the scenes of the penguins’ icy habitat.
Things to Know Before You Go
- SEA LIFE Melbourne has a gift shop and a café that sells lunch items, baked goods, and drinks.
- Avoid lines by booking tickets online in advance.
- Visitors can rent lockers to store belongings.
- The aquarium is fully wheelchair accessible.
- Wheelchairs and strollers are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.
How to Get There
SEA LIFE Melbourne is located at King and Flinders streets on the north side of the Yarra, across from the Crown entertainment complex. The aquarium does not have its own parking lot, but paid parking is available at nearby public facilities. Public transportation is a more convenient option; there is a tram stop on Flinders Street and two nearby train stations: Flinders and Southern Cross.
When to Get There
The aquarium is open daily, from mid-morning to early evening, with slightly longer hours on weekends, holidays, and school vacation periods (April, July, September–October, and December). Exact hours vary by season.
Shark Dive Xtreme
One of SEA LIFE Melbourne’s most exciting experiences is Shark Dive Xtreme, which gives brave souls a chance to swim in the water with some of the aquarium’s resident sharks, such as nurse sharks or blacktip reef sharks, as well as rays and other fish. The 2-hour experience includes scuba diving instruction.
Address: Corner Flinders and King Streets, Melbourne 3000, Australia
5 Tours and Activities to Experience SEA LIFE® Melbourne Aquarium
Dive into the watery world of Australia’s native marine creatures at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. Get an up-close view of penguins, sharks, stingrays, seahorses and more as you explore 12 distinct ecosystems at the beautifully designed aquarium. Skip to the front of the line with your ticket, so you’ll have more time to watch playful penguins and marvel at jellyfish.
Swim among sharks, stingrays and other magnificent marine creatures with a thrilling shark dive at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium! Don a wet suit and SCUBA mask, and splash into the massive Oceanarium where you'll be within arm’s reach of nurse sharks, sea turtles, and schools of brilliantly colored fish. No SCUBA experience is necessary, and an expert guide will accompany you to ensure a safe and educational dive.
Explore Melbourne as you wish with a 24-hour or 48-hour City Sightseeing bus pass. Board the double-decker and enjoy panoramic views of highlights like the Eureka Tower, Federation Square, and seaside St. Kilda as you learn their history via the onboard commentary. Hop off and on to explore on foot, or stay aboard to get your bearings and decide your sightseeing plans. Ideal for first-time visitors and those short on time.
Come face-to-face with adorable King and Gentoo penguins at Melbourne SEA LIFE Aquarium with this special penguin passport. Enjoy a 45-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the penguins’ icy habitat and learn all about the playful creatures, what they eat and how the zoo environment is set up to mimic that of Antarctica. This exclusive small-group tour is limited to just three people to ensure an intimate, memorable experience.
Instead of crowding onto one of the city’s many Yarra River cruises, explore Melbourne from the river at your own pace and without anyone getting in the way on this afternoon kayaking tour. Disembark from central Melbourne with your partner in a double sea kayak. Follow your guide downriver, seeing a mix of historic buildings, modern skyscrapers, and picturesque parks. With commentary from your guide as you paddle, learn about the city’s maritime history.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience SEA LIFE® Melbourne Aquarium?
The best ways to experience SEA LIFE® Melbourne Aquarium are:
- SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Admission Ticket
- Shark Dive Experience at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
- City Sightseeing Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
- Penguin Passport at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
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