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Sydney Aquarium

Discover Australia’s diverse marine environments in a magnificent aquarium, right in the heart of Sydney.

Few countries have a more intimate relationship with the ocean and its native creatures than Australia, and the ideal place to see Australia’s native sealife at close quarters is the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. This vast attraction that houses a staggering 13,000 different marine animals made up of over 700 species provides a fascinating insight into the diverse marine environments that exist in Australia from the famous Great Barrier Reef to Sydney’s own Southern Ocean.

The Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is located in Cockle Way, a short ferry ride away from Darling Harbour. The aquarium is one of Sydney’s most popular tourist attractions, attracting millions of visitors from all over Australia and abroad every year. The building it is housed in is one of Sydney’s architectural jewels, designed to resemble an ocean wave.

Of the aquarium’s many inhabitants, one particular species of resident provokes the strongest reactions. The Shark Walk and Shark Valley allow visitors to view the ocean’s most deadly predator at close quarters. Walk through the transparent tunnels as these magnificent and sometimes deadly creatures stealthily pass you by.

To experience tropical conditions, visit the Bay of Rays, where you can get interactive in the Discovery Rockpool, which is aimed at children. The Rockpool gives visitors the chance to get really close to and even handle urchins, starfish and sea cucumbers. Friendly staff members are on hand to rotate the creatures so that they don’t get overwhelmed by all the attention!

The Great Barrier Reef exhibit recreates the striking appearance of one of Australia’s most well-known features. This huge aquarium contains an unbelievable 530,000 gallons of water, within which the likes of clown fish, lion fish, sawfish and reef sharks frolic around happily.

Another favourite with visitors is the South Coast Shipwreck. This aquarium is shaped like a sunken ship and is populated by a variety of sealife acclimatised to the cooler conditions found in southern Australian locations. Its residents include pineapple fish, green eels, octopuses and sea dragons.

The aquarium also has plenty of amenities associated with a world-class tourist attraction, with places to eat, including two snack bars, as well as three well-stocked gift shops. Sydney Sea Life Aquarium is open daily throughout major holidays, and is accessible by bus or rail. Parking is also available.


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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

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    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is only a 3-minute walk and Wynyard Station is 7 minutes.

    Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney AU$260
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    Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

    176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art and Circular Quay. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Observatory are also within 10 minutes. Wynyard Station is 6 minutes by foot and Sydney Circular Quay Station is 7 minutes.

      Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites AU$95
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      Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites

      243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Darling Harbour, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Harbourside, Australian National Maritime Museum and Star Casino. International Convention Centre Sydney and Chinese Garden of Friendship are also within 10 minutes. Convention Light Rail Station and Exhibition Light Rail Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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        Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

        12 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Harbourside and Australian National Maritime Museum. International Convention Centre Sydney and Star Casino are also within 10 minutes. Convention Light Rail Station and Pyrmont Bay Light Rail Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Hilton Sydney
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          Hilton Sydney

          488 George Street, Sydney, NSW
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Queen Victoria Building, The Galeries and Sydney Town Hall. Westfield Shopping Centre and Strand Arcade are also within 5 minutes. Town Hall Station is only a 2-minute walk and St. James Station is 8 minutes.

            Hyatt Regency Sydney AU$209
            Hyatt Regency Sydney

            Hyatt Regency Sydney

            161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              The Grace Hotel

              The Grace Hotel

              77 York Street, Sydney, NSW
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

                27 O'Connell Street, Sydney, NSW
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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