The Sydney aquarium, ideally located on the waterfront in Darling Harbour, right amongst other tourist attractions like Madame Tussauds, Wildlife Sydney zoo and numerous cafes and restaurants. It is the ideal place to take the kids or even just a great experience for adults. Sydney is ALWAYS busy and even when there were no school holidays or special events, there are still tourists everywhere.
I’m sure that as a child the experience would have been a lot more magical, but they are also one of the main things that took away from the experience for me…screaming or crying kids everywhere, parents with prams using them like snow ploughs to push through the crowds and kids pushing you out the way while you are trying to take photos. I know that we cannot control the kids and the aquarium experience is more FOR the kids, but as an adult, be aware that there are some …not so well mannered children and parents out there, so If you can avoid school holidays or try later in the day on weekends or during school and public holidays.
With that said, it can still be a lot of fun for adults, it’s interesting to spend a day in a completely different setting and once you get through the first section, it quietens down a little, you can spend more time looking at the different sea creatures.
The best way to buy tickets is online so you can jump the line otherwise there can be quite a decent line up to get into the Aquarium. We lined up to get our tickets and went through, scanned our ticket and our adventure began. As soon as you walk in, you have your picture taken behind a green screen (where you can choose to purchase these at the end of your tour).
The route is essentially a one way walk through the complex, so once committed you are there til the end.
At Sydney aquarium you can see thousands of sea creatures in 14 different themed zones. Being able to see sea creatures like sea horses, tropical fish, penguins, Sharks, Duongs and so much more! You can even touch a starfish and other creatures in the interactive rock pool, or walk under the water as sharks, stingray and thousands of other marine animals and fish swim around you.
Upon leaving you see 2 very large “Great Barrier” reef aquarium tanks, one with a glass floor which is very cool to walk over – although we did see a few people a freak out a little as they were scared it was going to break. Its mesmerising to sit there and watch the fish swim around you, it is as if you are in a different world!
At the end of the aquarium is the cafeteria, which was fantastic as we were starving for walking around for ages. The food was reasonably priced and there was plenty of room for the heap of tourists.
It’s a great opportunity to see some sea life that you wouldn’t normally see up and close and some you don’t want to see up and close! And also a good activity for a rainy day!
One thing we would have like to see was more information on the sea life, instead the small sign posts were a little confusing at times.
A quick fact –
Sydney Aquarium’s Great Barrier Reef exhibit holds around 2 million litres making it the world’s largest aquarium!
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