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The Sydney Aquarium
The Sydney Aquarium is another highlight when you start exploring all of the great sights in and around Darling Harbour. As one of the first animals that you will see there is the Platypus / Schnabeltier (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), a mammal that is laying eggs and it is endemic to Tasmania and eastern Australia. And this is what you can read about this animal on wikipedia: Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. It is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related species have been found in the fossil record.
Other animals that you will see there are crocodiles, Dungongs (Seekühe) and various fishes
The Sydney Aquarium is open for visitors:
daily from 9:30am - 7:00pm
Last entry: strictly at 06.00pm !!!
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Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
The Sydney Sea Life Aquarium at Darling Harbour has many different aquatic animals and offers different themed settings for its aquatic wildlife.
For example, there is the fresh water Streams and Billabongs exhibit which, as its name suggests, features animals which live in fresh water. This includes the Platypus, a native to a very small area of Australia.
There is an exhibit dedicated to penguins.
There are salt water - ocean exhibits which include exhibits dedicated to the beautiful Great Barrier Reef, another dedicated to sting rays.
There are shark feeds and penguin feeds, at specific hours, and there are talks given at specific times.
Hours are 9:00am - 8:00pm (but last entries are at 7pm), open 365 days a year.
There is a link to Ticket prices, and there are various ticket options, and specials.
One ONLINE ONLY special which may be worth looking at, if you have time, and if you are interested in the other places which are part of the special, is for Adults to get the 5 attractions for $63, which works out at an entry of $12.60 per attraction, (and Children to get entry to 5 attractions for $36). This and a significant saving. They can be seen on different days but must be seen within 30 days.
The 5 places are: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye and Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary.
After lunch on Sunday, we went to the Aquarium. The concierge got the tickets in advance for us. They gave me a scavenger hunt to do, but I couldn't find all the things on it. They let me have the prize anyway - it was chocolate.
My grandmother took pictures of me. I didn't take many
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Prep for Snorkeling
I thought it would be good to get acquainted with the fish that we might see while snorkeling later and a good way to do that would be at the aquarium
We went straight down Market Street to the harbor, but it was not clear how we could get down to the aquarium which was on another level altogether and it seemed nothing but freeways. I asked a group of guys and they were puzzled too and suggested that maybe the hotel there would have a lift down to that level. So we went to the hotel and asked. They said that we should go up on the bridge and then take a lift down. Two of them walked us all the way to the first lift. They went up with us and then walked us part way across the bridge and pointed to where the lift down was (lift = elevator).
The concierge said we should not get into the ticket line to buy tickets but that there would be a shorter line for those who had tickets already. And there was and it was quicker
The aquarium was a zoo - multiple children and strollers and families. But we had a good time and my granddaughter was glad she didn't have to push the wheelchair. They gave her a scavenger hunt to do but she didn't find everything and at one point she stopped for something, and I didn't and she didn't know I had gone on. A good lesson for me.
We ended up at the gift shop and they gave her the chocolate prize anyway even though she hadn't found the scroll.
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Impressive aquariums will show you some of the local species. A good way to prepare my diving to the Great Barrier Reef and learn more about the underwater world inhabitants : mysterious platypus, huge Murray cod, yummy Barramundi, leafy Sea Dragon, refreshing Penguin, mermaid Dugong, flying Eagle Ray and peaceful Shark...
You could get cheaper ticket if you book your visit online.
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This is quite a good aquarium situated right in Darling Harbour. They have a shark tunnel, touch pools and even platypus.
It isn't very large though, you will probably only spend about 2 hours here.
Ticket prices vary with several types of family ticket. Cost for us was around A$39 for 1 adult and 2 children
Located next to the Sydney Wildlife World in Darling Harbour boasts of a large number of exhibitions with many types of sea life. Among it's main attractions are the large number of sharks in walk through tanks and the majestic Dugongs. There is also a large number of sea creatures from the different parts of Australia. The place is filled with many informational signs so you get to learn more about the creatures that you are seeing. You can choose to purchase a Explore four pass will will give you a discount to four attractions which includes Sydney Wildlife World, Sydney Tower and Manly Ocean World.
Wow! We loved the Sydney Aquarium. The Aquarium has sharks, eels, rays,tropical fish, seals,penguins, salt water crocodiles, sea horses and so much more. The tanks are incredible. We especially loved the walk through tunnels where sharks and seals swim right over your head and next to you in their underwater world. The tunnels were great for watching the sharks try to eat each other and the seals being naughty.
The tropical fish and jelly fish were beautiful. Liz and I sat down and just watched the aquarium animals; it's so relaxing. We both liked that the Aquarium pays homage to the movie "Finding Nemo" and has some examples of the movie's characters (after all the goal of the movie was to get to Sydney).
The saltwater crocodile is in a large pen. We had to climb stairs to look down at him in his habitat. There was a sign that read be careful it's a long fall; if the fall doesn't kill you, the salty will. I found that rather amusing and a great way to keep people in line.
**Pictures don't come out very well due to all the glass and low lighting although they do have signs with photography tips. My best pictures were videos that I took in the tunnels.**
The Aquarium is open 9am to 10pm Daily.
Adult Admission was $34.99 (Australian Dollar)
Kids Admission was $17.99 (Australian Dollar)
A rainy day today. So again by bus to the Town Hall and further by bus to Circular Quay. After a cappuccino to 5 Warf with the ferry to Darling Harbor to go. At the Aquarium Pier to get off to go to the Sydney Aquarium. Through a large shark mouth we entered the aquarium to a different world. We were greeted by a Platypus and a huge amount of beautifully colored fish.Some do not seem, oddly shaped and particularly of color, from teeny to gigantic big. Sharks and rays swam merrily along and over us. All in all very worthwhile. After a delicious cappuccino with muffins back to Richard and Maureen where this pleasant day ended with a good dinner. Despite the rain, all in all a successful day.
For a visual impression see my video Sydney Aquarium
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Sydney Aquarium: Finding Nemo with Chris
The Sydney Aquarium was one of the highlights of our trip. Chris and I love aquariums and the calm it brings from watching the sea creatures. The Sydney Aqaurium is one of the largest aquariums in the world with different fish, crocodiles, eeels, crabs, sharks, seals and other aquatic life throughout. We knew we would have a great time as soon as we entered and found the Shark from FindingNemo at the entrance. After a few oics with the shark we continued on through to the exhibits.
Some of my favorites were the giant acrylic underwater tunels. We spent alot of time in the tunnels watching seala dn sharks mingle in the water. Chris has some great video footage from this experience. I also enjoyed thhe giant saltwater crocodile exhibit and the large tropical fish pools. We soent a considerable amount of time relaxing on a bench and watching the tropical fish swim by us. It really is a wonderful aquarium and not to be missed.
The aquarium is open 9.30am-9pm daily.
Sydney Aquarium consists of 3 oceanariums exhibiting the rich diversity of Australian marine life. Besides sharks and rays, dugongs (which are also called sea elephants) are the highlights of this fantastic place. You can spend hours here and you won't get bored, maybe a bit tired. The aquarium opens at 9 am and closes at 10 pm. Entrance fee is 32 AUD, but you can get the discovery package which combines aquarium and wildlife world visits for only 50 AUD.
The Sydney Aquarium was opened in 1988, and is located on the eastern side of Darling Harbour. The aquarium displays more than 11500 fish and aquatic animals, including huge sharks and rays, platypus, seals, fairy penguins, crocodiles and much more.
Properly the best aquarium I have ever visited. I especially like the underwater tunnels where sharks swim above you. There is also a good exhibition of the Great Barrier Reef coral environment.
The Sydney Aquarium
Located in Darling Harbour, this aquarium is somewhat small in apperance but once inside it becomes pretty big......look in tourist welcome booklets for a 20% off coupon for it's a steep $25 AU to get in !!!!! come early come late this place is always packed....good thing is, it's stay opens everyday til 10 p.m......a must do for any tourist in Sydney !!!!!
UPDATE: MAY 2008
Now $35 AU to get in !!!!
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Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour, takes you on a tour of the seas and oceans surrounding Australia's vast coastline and the rivers, waterways, estuaries and swamps of our large and diverse yet dry land mass.
Situated in Darling Harbour the aquarium houses over 11,000 animals from over 630 species of Australian fish, reptiles and mammals that have an affinity with water.
Joined by near to 60 metres of underwater tunnels, the Sydney Aquarium presents the animals according to the regions in which they can be found in the waters around and within Australia: Southern Rivers; Northern Rivers; Southern Ocean; Northern Ocean.
Six million litres of water house this varied and colourful exhibit. See these animals upclose, as they swim about in their "near to natural" environments and observe them as they look back at you and as you wonder about them, they're probably doing the same of you. Captain Nero has nothing on this!
Sydney Tower / Skywalk
The Sydney Tower has an observation deck 250 meters above street level with 360 degree views which are amazing.
When you arrive at the tower you need to get in line and buy your ticket (if you haven't already). I also included the Aquarium and Skywalk so I didn't have to buy them later. Then you got in the cue for the lift. You will have open your bag (if you have one) and show that you have nothing dangerous and go through a metal detector. Then a guy will take your photo which you can buy when you get back down.
(I didn't end up buying that photo but they give you a pack with a big photo and a few postcards with your pic on it in a big fold out thing that tells you about the tower. Just a hint I told the guy I didn't want it and he knocked $10 off the price just like that so if you want it cheaper try that!)
There are people that put you in the lift and make sure you go to the right level. The lifts are tiny and they pack the people in so if you're claustrophobic you might want to mention it because it does take a little while to get to the top.
Once you get out the lift you're just amazed at the views! You can literally see everything! You can just look out of the massive windows or they have mounted binoculars that zoom in on small detail. If you are going to take a pic of yourself with the view behind you make sure you have the flash on.
Next up for me was the Skywalk, if you booked the Skywalk they will announce it over a speaker when it's about to begin. You have to fill in a form saying you understand the dangers. You then get into the little area where you suit up and get a brief on what you'll be doing. You can't take anything loose up with you and they provide free lockers to place your valuables and you keep the key around your neck. Oh and if you are wearing thongs or open shoes they will provide closed in shoes.
Once you're ready to go you walk to the exit, get a harness, hook yourself onto the rail and out you go. It's really cool, you are standing on top of the Observation Deck in the open air and you can see through the floor! You do a full 360 walk of the tower and the tour guide points out famous things and tells little stories, it's really awesome. You will get your photo taken (which you can buy later) and the whole thing takes about 1/2 hour. I highly recommend it! If you can't afford the Bridge Climb this is a fantastic alternative! You buy your pics downstairs and also get a certificate.
Upon leaving the Observation Desk you go down one level to the Sky Lounge where you can get a drink and something small to eat and still look out over Sydney.
Also included in the Observation Deck ticket is entry to OzTrek which is on the ground level. It's basically a weird kind of ride where you 'fly' through the video shown on the 3 massive screens in front of you and the seats move to what you see. It's pretty good but I felt a bit sick by the end of it.
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