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Review: Sea Life Aquarium, Sydney

The Sea Life Aquarium is one of the leading attractions in Sydney, Australia.


Located in the heart of the city’s Darling Harbour leisure precinct, Sydney Aquarium takes you on an underwater journey through Australia’s unique freshwater and marine aquatic environments.

Along the way you come face-to-face with dugongs, sharks, huge stingrays, sawfish, brightly-coloured reef fish, eels and much more.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is a big attraction and operators recommend  that you allow about 90 minutes for your visit. Last admissions occur one hour before closing each day.

Wheelchair accessible

The aquarium is wheelchair accessible throughout. There are ramps connecting each level, so care should always be taken. Part of the attraction is floating and attached to the wharf so the ground may be slightly uneven depending on tide times.

Wheelchairs may be borrowed from the admissions area if required.  Wheelchairs are on a first come, first served basis, and cannot be booked or reserved ahead of time.

You will be required to leave your ID behind while you use the wheelchair.

There are cafes and gift shops at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, some of which are accessible to non-paying visitors. Toilets are also available in the foyer for visitors or cafe and gift shop customers.


A highlight of the aquarium is spectacular underway viewing tunnels that take visitors deep into the main fish tanks where they are surrounded by aquatic life of all types and colours.



The aquarium’s two dugongs are among the most popular attractions and big crowds gather to watch each feeding session.


A glance at the menu board shows that the dugongs seem to have a particular fondness for a certain green vegetable.

The Sea Life aquarium is located in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.


Standard opening hours

Monday – Thursday: 9:30am – 6:00pm (last entry 5:00pm)
Friday – Sunday: 9:30am – 7:00pm (last entry 6:00pm)

NSW school holidays and public holidays

Monday – Sunday: 9:30am – 7:00pm (last entry 6:00pm)

Getting there

Sea Life aquarium can be reached by car, train, bus, ferry, light rail, taxi/Uber or on foot.  See details:


Sea Life aquarium is actively involved in marine conservation.  Activities include:


  • Establishing breeding programs
    Better understanding species
    Conserving vulnerable species


  • Nurse sick and injured creatures
    Rehab and release back into the wild
    Provide a home to those that can’t be returned


  • Campaign to protect environments and animals
    Take direct action to preserve key habitats
    Support initiatives via the SEA LIFE Trust
    Campaigning and Awareness
About Ian Roberts (264 Articles)
Ian Roberts is a veteran Australian journalist, PR man and writer/reviewer on accommodation and travel. Over many decades, Ian has travelled widely reporting and recording his experiences. His newsy columns - including Memorable Destination - have gained a big following among people seeking suggestions and objective information about accommodation, travel and destinations world-wide. Along with wife, Sue and her camera, Ian has taken up a particular challenge to help budget conscious seniors 50 and upward with travel and accommodation ideas - including suggestions for holding family reunions. Readers in Ian's home city of Newcastle Australia may also be aware of his travel and accommodation column in a local newspaper.

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