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Manly Sea Life Sanctuary - CLOSED

West Esplanade, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
+61 2 8251 7873
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Intimate and friendly experience

The aquarium is small, but the advantage of that is that the children managed to stay interested... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2017
Clara M
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Sydney, Australia
Average at Best

This is an old and tired Aquarium with only a small number of displays - The Darling Harbour part... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2017
Brian S
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  • Excellent29%
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  • Average19%
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“sydney aquarium” (54 reviews)
“shark eggs” (14 reviews)
LOCATION
West Esplanade, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
Manly
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+61 2 8251 7873
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"sydney aquarium"
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"sea life sanctuary"
in 39 reviews
"shark eggs"
in 14 reviews
"small aquarium"
in 17 reviews
"touch pool"
in 18 reviews
"penguin feeding"
in 15 reviews
"three levels"
in 11 reviews
"shark talk"
in 7 reviews
"merlin pass"
in 6 reviews
"bottom floor"
in 6 reviews
"top level"
in 8 reviews
"sharks and stingrays"
in 12 reviews
"great aquarium"
in 6 reviews
"rainy day"
in 10 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 15 reviews
"fairy penguins"
in 7 reviews
"octopus"
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

The aquarium is small, but the advantage of that is that the children managed to stay interested for pretty much the entire visit. Feeding times with keeper talks were great. We had a lovely time here.

Thank Clara M
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

This is an old and tired Aquarium with only a small number of displays - The Darling Harbour part is far better and if you want to see the attraction done properly go to the original at Kelly Tarltons in Auckland, NZ.

Thank Brian S
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Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

Kids really enjoyed it. Had 5 children under 15 and 4 of us at adult prices. $175 a bit steep for 1hr or so.

Thank tbo181
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Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

Kids enjoyed the touch pool and looking at all the fish. They were also impressed with the mermaid statue and the cute little penguins. Nice little sea life sanctuary but was pretty ordinary. Wouldn't return, once was enough.

Thank _izzy_tschannel
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

I came to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary recently with my family and it was good. There was lots of fish and it was pretty and interactive.

Thank Amber M
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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Visited last month with my wife and toddler. The main tank has some beautiful sting rays, sharks and turtles to see. Their is also a number of other interesting tanks and the chance to dive with sharks! A little kids play area helps keep the...More

Thank Troy N
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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Visited last month with my wife and toddler. The main tank has some beautiful sting rays, sharks and turtles to see. Their is also a number of other interesting tanks and the chance to dive with sharks! A little kids play area helps keep the...More

Thank Troy N
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Went for the first time this month and not worth the treck from the city, run down, old and smelly! Worst aquarium I have been to in Australia and not a surprise it is closing down in January. Staff are all very very nice!More

Thank gemmakian
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ashley h, Manager at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank you for visiting recently and also taking the time to provide a review. I'm sorry to hear the visit didn't live up to your expectations. We are a smaller aquarium and nearly 55 years old so we make sure we offer lots of talks...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

On a day trip to Manly, we spent a good couple of hours at this fantastic sanctuary. From boxfish to sharks it was an excellent experience, helped enormously by the staff who are so knowledgable and passionate about all of the sea life they help....More

Thank esra49
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Small but pretty cool marine sanctuary. The emphasis is on preservation and conservation. Really cool to see the sting rays swim above you. They are closing in Jan 2018, so go here before they close!

Thank rzsandoval
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Manly
A 40-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay will take
you to the famous northern beach of Manly. The beaches
here are perfect for learning to surf or spending the
day sun-tanning. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is
a great way to experience Sydney Harbour Bay and the
Australian bush land. Along the foreshore, there are
plenty of watering holes and wine bars with excellent
cuisine. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants
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