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Melbourne Aquarium

Find out more about what goes on beneath the waves in one of Australia’s most impressive marine attractions.

From dapper penguins to fearsome sharks, graceful seahorses to colourful tropical fish, everyone loves a visit to the aquarium. But what makes Melbourne Aquarium stand out from the crowd is its exclusive concentration on the marine life of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

The aquarium is divided into four main areas, so it’s easy to plan your visit. Watch the strikingly marked king and gentoo penguins as they swoop and dive through the chilly waters of Antarctica and learn more about the hardy fish species that live in its below-freezing temperatures. Check the timetable for feeding sessions to enjoy one of the marine world’s most entertaining spectacles, or experience a fish-eye view of soaring seabirds from the underwater viewing area.

The largest collection of seahorses and sea dragons in the world is housed in Seahorse Pier. Look carefully amongst the underwater plants to catch a glimpse of these delicate, graceful creatures as they dance in and out of the gently waving undergrowth.

Note how the marine life changes from the icy Antarctic to the warmer waters of the Southern Ocean in the Coral Atoll section, where brightly coloured tropical fish weave mesmerising patterns against a backdrop of ancient coral reef.

One of the aquarium’s most popular attractions is the giant Oceanarium, where you can get up close with sharks, rays and turtles as they circumnavigate the 2.2-million litre tank. Watch from the observation deck or, for an additional cost, set your pulse racing with an exhilarating shark dive. The aquarium’s pioneering grey nurse shark breeding programme is helping to ensure the species continues to thrive in the Southern Hemisphere.

Melbourne Aquarium is located on the north bank of the Yarra River in central Melbourne, a short walk from Flinders Street Station. Alternatively, the free City Circle tram stops right outside. It is open every day of the year including public holidays, and there is an entry charge. Check out the museum’s range of special experience packages, such as the Ocean Rangers, which offers all-day activities for children along with a chance to meet some of the aquarium’s specialist staff.

Popular Activities at SEA LIFE Melbourne

There's no place anywhere quite like SEA LIFE Melbourne. So you can make the most of your visit, we've put together a list of some of the leading things to do:

For many more things to do, examine our Melbourne things to do page.


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Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Marvel Stadium, and Melbourne Central. Queen Victoria Market and SEA LIFE Melbourne are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is 6 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 7 minutes.

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    Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands

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    66 Aurora Lane, Docklands, VIC
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, DFO South Wharf, and Festival Hall. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and The District Docklands are also within 1 mi (2 km). Southern Cross Station is 13 minutes by foot and North Melbourne Station is 21 minutes.

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      Great Southern Hotel Melbourne

      Great Southern Hotel Melbourne

      44 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yarra Riverfront and SEA LIFE Melbourne. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Flinders Lane are also within 10 minutes. Southern Cross Station is only a 5-minute walk and Flagstaff Station is 15 minutes.

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        1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

          Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

          328 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC
             
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            215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              352 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
                 
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