SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Weird and wonderful animals and unique marine adventures await you here

Having undergone an extensive five-month, $8 million rehaul, Melbourne Aquarium was reborn as Sea Life in September 2013. Over three levels there are 12 new themed zones of discovery (each with its own soundtrack!), and kids can get their passport stamped at each station.

Time Out got a guided tour, taking in the Mermaid Garden, Seahorse Pier (home to Australia’s largest seahorse population), Rainforest Adventure, the Coral Caves and, of course, the state-of-the-art Croc Lair. The latter is now home to 50-year-old, five-metre croc Pinjarra, who the team had a great time getting down from Rockhampton in Queensland, where he was terrorising the other crocs on a Crocodile Farm.

Other moments that elicited oohs and ahhs were the Elephant Sharks in the Bay of Rays (any creature that makes us laugh by sheer appearance alone is okay by us); the King and Gentoo Penguins, who were embroiled in a nesting season soap opera we could have watched for hours; Mr G the 200lb Giant Queensland Groper (the divers here call him “sir”); the rock pools in which you’re welcome to get your hands wet, and the Archer Fish, for which you are encouraged to dangle flies on a fishing line, which in turn makes the fish spit spectacularly.

Of course, all the old favourites like the jellyfish, and the stingrays flying over your head as you pass through tunnels are still intact. They come when the staff ring a bell, you know. It means they’re going to get fed.

There are daily feeding times and presentations, kids’ birthday party packages and even the chance to dive face-to-face with the leviathans themselves!

First published on . Updated on .

By Time Out Melbourne editors   |  

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium details

Address
Cnr King & Flinders St

Melbourne 3000

Telephone 03 9923 5925

Price from $18.50 to $32.50

Open Daily 9.30am-6pm

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium website

Melbourne area guide

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium map

Restaurants near SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

The Grain Store

115m - Warm cookies fresh out of the oven have the power to turn the tide on even...

Hare and Grace

175m - Hare and Grace straddles the divide of the traditional steak house and a...

Merchant Restaurant

236m - Celebrity chef Guy Grossi's restaurant in the financial district focuses on...

Bars & pubs near SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

The Waterside Hotel

41m - On the corner of King & Flinders Streets, the Waterside Hotel offers...

The Deck Mercantile Place

41m - Alfesco eating and drinking in the heart of the CBD.

Galley Room

45m - So we're talking to the bartender, who proceeds to let us know that this...

Other venues near SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

524 Flinders Street

85m - This warehouse hosts parties, fashion sales and other cultural events in the...

Geddes Lounge

108m - Geddes Lounge has a retro feel and three separate levels each one catering...

York Butter Factory

175m - The York Butter Factory is a heritage listed building now utilised as a...

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus
 


© 2007 - 2014 Time Out Group Ltd. All rights reserved. All material on this site is © Time Out.