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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.


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Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel AU$104
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel

Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel

480 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Street, SEA LIFE Melbourne and Yarra Riverfront. Flinders Lane and Hardware Lane are also within 10 minutes. Flagstaff Station is 9 minutes by foot and Spencer Street Station is 7 minutes.

    Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel AU$108
    Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel

    Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel

    60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Melbourne aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, steps away from Collins Street, Yarra Riverfront and Flinders Lane. SEA LIFE Melbourne and Bourke Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 9 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 11 minutes.

      Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne AU$76
      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 Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central and Queen Victoria Market. Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 3 mi (5 km). Flagstaff Station is 6 minutes by foot and Spencer Street Station is 7 minutes.

        Pegasus Apart'Hotel AU$108
        Pegasus Apart'Hotel

        Pegasus Apart'Hotel

        206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Central. Emporium Melbourne and Festival Hall are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 3-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.

          WRAP on Southbank AU$139
          WRAP on Southbank

          WRAP on Southbank

          133 -139 City Road, Southbank, VIC
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Southbank Promenade and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Federation Square are also within 15 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 11 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 20 minutes.

            Oaks Melbourne on William Suites AU$115
            Oaks Melbourne on William Suites

            Oaks Melbourne on William Suites

            350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Hardware Lane and Queen Victoria Market. Melbourne Central and Emporium Melbourne are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 2-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.

              Wyndham Hotel Melbourne AU$152
              Wyndham Hotel Melbourne

              Wyndham Hotel Melbourne

              199 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Emporium Melbourne and Bourke Street Mall. SEA LIFE Melbourne and Queen Victoria Market are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 4-minute walk and Spencer Street Station is 8 minutes.

                Quay West Suites Melbourne AU$210
                Quay West Suites Melbourne

                Quay West Suites Melbourne

                26 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre and Yarra Riverfront. Eureka Tower and Eureka Skydeck 88 are also within 5 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 18 minutes.