Melbourne Aquarium

"Melbourne Aquarium is perfect on a rainy day! Come see all the beautiful fishes!"

This is another great day out that the whole family can enjoy. It's the most modern of all the aquariums in Australia and some would say its even better than the one in Darling Harbour in Sydney (Sydney Aquarium.)

You can easily spend a couple of hours here exploring the different under-water worlds - the colours are truly magical.But the sharks are still the most exciting!

Best Time To Visit Melbourne Aquarium

It can get very busy during the summer months especially on a wet day.

So my advice is to get here early when it opens or a couple of hours before closing time.

Opening times for the Melbourne Aquarium are:

9.30am to 6pm but during January they open until 9pm

The rest of the year should be OK.

You can always avoid the queues by booking your ticket on line. That way, you can proceed through the express line when you actually get there. (could save you at least 20 mins)

Where Is It And How Much Is It?

The Aquarium is on the corner of Flinders Street and King Street, Melbourne.

It is on the Yarra River, opposite Crown Entertainment Complex.

It means it is pretty much walkable from the centre of Melbourne and just a short walk from Flinders Station.

Prices are approx $34 for an adult and a family of 4 can expect to pay approx. $90.

Kids under 3 are free.

What You Can Expect To See

There are 4 Worlds to explore whilst you are in Melbourne Aquarium:

  • Antartica - A great chance to see some very cute penguins.
  • There are some feeding sessions throughout the day too which are worth a visit if you like these furry creatures.

  • Weird and Wonderful - full of interesting and colourful fish. I particularly liked the sea horses and of course the Clown Fish, that everyone now calls Nemo.
  • River to Reef - Probably my favourite exhibition as the colours and variation of sea creatures are amazing -snakes, turtles, octopus and sharks.
  • Sharks Alive - A spectacular array of sharks and you really do get up close and personal to them here. Try and get here for the feeding sessions too.

    You can also do shark dives if you are feeling brave. The price is pretty steep though at $350 for non certified divers (cheaper if you already have your licence and even cheaper if you have your own equipment)

    A cheaper and in my opinion better option is the Shark Walks. They give you a helmet to wear so you can breath normally - great for those that are put off by diving. Cost is about $150 for 45 minutes.

  • Looking For A Cool Venue?

    The Aquarium allows you to hire out certain areas for functions.

    If you don't fancy hiring out the venue you can attend one of its many "Friday night" drinks or special events

    E.g. Valentines Night etc

    All in all, this is one of the great things to do in Melbourne.

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