SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Back to nature
Watch your kids’ faces as they step inside a transparent tunnel and see stingrays, sea turtles and 3-metre sharks gliding and diving all around them. It’s an incredible experience to be ‘in the water’ among these giant (and dangerous!) sea creatures. Right through this aquarium are exhibits that will keep the whole family pointing and gasping: fluorescent coral from the Great Barrier Reef, glowing red jellyfish, comical little platypus paddling madly, seals that swim around you in a glass tunnel, clown fish (like Nemo) and strange-looking dugongs.
Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour; (02) 8251 7800
■ The chance to get up close to live sharks at the Great Barrier Reef Oceanarium. Take a ride in a glass-bottomed boat and share the water with these fearsome creatures. The 11am ride (more expensive) includes feeding the sharks!
■ Talks and feeding times daily – check the timetable before you go.
Sydney Aquarium is one of the few places in the world where you can see captive dugongs. Pig and Wuru were both found as orphans. It is thought that dugongs are the origin of the mermaid myth. Dugongs are mammals and their closest living relatives are elephants! In the wild, dugongs eat sea grasses but in the aquarium they are fed lettuce – each one eats about 80–90 kilograms a day. A baby dugong is called a calf. A mother dugong hugs her calf to her chest with her flipper.
■ Pre-purchase your tickets online to bypass the long entry queue.
- SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Sydney, In city