SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Discover creatures of the Southern Ocean in the 2-million-litre oceanarium. Melbourne SEA LIFE aquarium is home to King and Gentoo penguins, nurse sharks and a mega croc.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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from ₹2,258.55
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The area
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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  • MelbourneTravelmad
    Melbourne, Australia793 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Could and should be so much better
    Firstly, part of SeaLife, and the main bit, is under renovation, so that does not help impressions. I visited here many years ago, and seemed to recall it was better. The layout to me is too disjointed, on too many levels, and signage is not very clear. At one stage, you end up in the Café, but there is more to see, but its not clear. I am sure I was comparing this aquarium to the one in Singapore the whole time I was there, having been to that one a few weeks back. But it wasn't just me, the whole group was doing the same. Funnily enough prices at SeaLife are very reminiscent of Singapore too, high! Maybe once the main area is back in operation it may improve the experience, but it won't make moving through any better.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Darkest_dreaming
    Redruth, United Kingdom419 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A ‘meh’ visit
    An average place to visit. Probably won’t return. Even though we had pre booked out timed ticket, we ended up queuing halfway up the street with everyone else (a lot of whom hadn’t pre-purchased tickets). It would have been better to have 2 queues outside so that those of who had the foresight to prebook, were able to get in on our allotted time. Next, the first and second sections were so busy (and crowded with pushchairs) that we could barely move let along see and appreciate any of the attractions. Further round the crowd started to disperse and it wasn’t awful but was still too busy imo. The main tank was quite cloudy and wasn’t particularly easy to view anything inside it. All in all, not a great visit and one I likely won’t repeat (especially for the cost!).
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 March 2024
  • kathleen p
    Carmel, New York12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful adventure
    Was a great adventure for our family with 2 grandkids( ages 2 & 4)! The kiddos had a wonderful time exploring the tunnels and “bubbles”to look at sea life through a clear plastic bubble you can fit yr head in! Also great “ hands on” area with different starfish and sea life! Many different floors- can get a little confusing navigating -but we figured it out! Maps for the kids!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 April 2024
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hayleywatson92
Auckland, New Zealand60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fun day out. Exploring all this aquarium has to offer. A few things you don't see at other aquariums. Good for a wet day as everything is inside. Always busy with kids.
Written 12 May 2024
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Joan earth
18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to the sea life aquarium in the afternoon and booked a slot online once we were inside it was pretty busy. You had to stand around and wait to see certain parts and some people pushed in front. The happy feet 4D cinema was a nice included activity but the actual penguin enclosure was quite disappointing. There was no outside space for them and it was just a glass cage with a bit of snow and a pond section. The tickets cost us $46 each which we thought was a lot of money.
Written 7 May 2024
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kathleen p
Carmel, NY12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Was a great adventure for our family with 2 grandkids( ages 2 & 4)! The kiddos had a wonderful time exploring the tunnels and “bubbles”to look at sea life through a clear plastic bubble you can fit yr head in! Also great “ hands on” area with different starfish and sea life! Many different floors- can get a little confusing navigating -but we figured it out! Maps for the kids!
Written 20 April 2024
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Jessie M
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I totally forgot to write this review as things got hectic once we got home. But I just wanted to make sure I wrote about how fantastic Thomas was!

Our walk through the aquarium started as he was finishing up his starfish talk, and we happened to go at the same pace where we happened upon every talk after that.

He was so excited to answer any questions and by the end of us happenstancing at every one he sought me out to ask if I had anything I was wondering about before he carried on his daily duties.

10 out of 10 enthusiastic employee and certainly deserves a pizza day!!! Thanks for making our day even better!
Written 18 April 2024
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Camelia P
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The new part is big, with turtles, sting rays, sharks; This and the penguins area are the stars of the show.
You can buy a show bag online for $50 down from $72, good value, considering the prices at the gift shop.
Also, tickets online are cheaper.
Written 18 April 2024
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AnnaNZPorirua
Porirua, New Zealand190 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We last visited about 8 years ago when our children ( now 14 and 15) were much smaller. But still a great day out. Luckily they love hamming it up, but we are all super fans of jellyfish and stingrays so had a great time. Personally, I could sit in that cafe and watch the tank there for hours...
Written 15 April 2024
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Stuey M
Perth, Australia64 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Very underwhelming for the price - $170 for a family of four.

Save your money and wait until you visit cairns or somewhere else that is more affordable - this place is a rip off
Written 6 April 2024
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Melissa G
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It was a day I looked forward to. An aquarium visit recommended by so many people and it started off great, but I left in tears (not exaggerating). If you’re expecting fish, turtles, under sea creatures etc. in massive aquatic tanks, then DON’T GO. If you enjoy seeing a gigantic 6m salt water crocodile stuck in a tank too small for him to turnaround in and over 20 emperor penguins locked up in a barely 6m x4m enclosure with a few ice particles tapping against the glass window to get out, THEN THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU. I am ashamed of myself that I paid to see this, and please don’t fall for their breeding programs. It’s no excuse to do that to an animal - especially not in a place that preaches conservation and rehabilitation of wildlife every 2 seconds. I will never forget the look in those penguins eyes and the least I can do for them is leave this review and use word of mouth to stand up for them. You can choose what type of person you want to be. Today, I was a bad person and I’m sorry.
Written 1 April 2024
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Jo
New Zealand17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely NOT worth the $50 entry fee.
Very under whelmed by this.
Would not reccomend st all.
Do research and give much consideration ++++ before deciding to go.
Written 26 March 2024
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Sky
Melbourne, Australia51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Visiting SeaLife Aquarium during the school holidays, it was an absolute delight for both me and my little one. The 4D movie experience was thrilling, immersing us in an adventure beneath the waves like never before. The kids' drawing activity sparked creativity and kept my child engaged throughout our visit. SeaLife Aquarium proved to be the perfect destination for quality family time, offering a blend of entertainment and educational experiences. Highly recommended for parents looking to create lasting memories with their little ones!
Written 23 March 2024
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SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost ₹ 2,189.32, while a popular guided tour starts around ₹ 272.73 per person.



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