Visit Australian Sea Life at the Melbourne Aquarium

After seeing Australia’s wildlife at Cleland Consevation Park it was time to see some of Australia’s sea life.
Since I spent the winter in Melbourne and the weather was getting increasingly colder, the aquarium seemed like the prefect way to spend a few hours.
The aquarium is one of Melbourne’s most popular attractions. With over 10,000 animals and 500 different species the aquarium is split into four sections: the Antarctica, rain forest adventure, coral atoll and sharks alive .
The first section is the Antarctica and the penguins are the first animal you will see. There are both King Penguins and Gentoo Penguins living together in their ice covered habitat. They are constantly jumping and sliding into the water. And they love the attention of visitors.

Penguin at the Melbourne Aquarium
More penguins at the Melbourne Aquarium
The next section is the coral atoll where you will find the world’s largest collection of seahorses and sea dragons.

Sea Dragons
And there are clown fish and blue tangs better known as Nemo and Dory.

Nemo, Dory and Marlin
There is also starfish that you can hold while keeping them under the water.

Star Fish
The rainforest adventure is next with frogs, turtles, sea snakes, lizards and archer fish. And there is tons of different types of insects. And there is a dry touch pool that has Hermit Crabs and Blue Tongue Lizards that anyone can touch.
The last and main exhibit is the sharks alive. There are two types of sharks; the huge grey nurse and the sandbar whaler sharks. As well as the sharks there are string rays and smaller fish. They all live in a huge tank with a 360 degree view under the archways. It was amazing to see the string rays swim over our heads.

Sandbar Whaler
And it was exciting to see the sharks up close. At the time I was there it was feeding time. The keepers give an informative and fun presentation while two divers enter the tank to feed the sharks.

Adult ticket costs 35 dollars and a child ticket costs 21.50 dollars but if you book online you will save 20%. Given that the aquarium takes about 2 hours to see everything I feel it is overpriced.
Located on the corner of King Street and Flinders Street it is a five minute walk from the CBD.
Have you visited Melbourne Aquarium?

Categories: Australie