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
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.
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.
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
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.
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