Melbourne Aquarium is situated in the heart of Melbourne on the Yarra River, opposite the Crown Entertainment Complex.
The Melbourne Aquarium is divided into four themed “worlds”: Antarctica, Weird & Wonderful, River to Reef and Sharks Alive. Each of these worlds presents different habitats and creatures.
- Antarctica: One of the highlights is watching the King Penguins and Gentoo Penguins in the pool and slide across the ice. There are interactive displays about the habitat and exploration of Antarctica. You can walk through a replica of the Nella Dan, a famous Antarctic ice breaker, and watch the penguins in an underwater viewing area. Make sure you catch the daily penguin feeds.
- Weird & Wonderful: Her you will see an amazing variety ocean life in a variety of strange shapes and brilliant colours. You will see colour-changing cuttlefish, spiky lionfish, sea horses and sea dragons with amazing camouflage. Everyone enjoys the colourful coral with brightly coloured fish like clownfish.
- River To Reef: There is a huge diversity of species here from the huge freshwater Murray Cod, to rainbow fish, turtles, snakes, catfish, barramundi and deadly poison arrow frogs. Sharks and tropical reef fish and other marine life swim in front of you in a floor-to-ceiling Coral Atoll aquarium. Sea Jellies glow in a specially designed ultra violet illuminated display.
- Sharks Alive: The spectacular 2.2 million litre Oceanarium has a Fish Bowl viewing area giving you an underwater view of large sharks, huge stingrays gliding past, turtles and hundreds of fish. The daily dive feeding is an exciting highlight as divers feed the sharks and fish.
For an even closer encounter, you can go on an instructor led dive with the sharks and get face-to-face with Grey Nurse Sharks, Seven Gill Sharks, Giant Stingrays and lots of fish. The dive is available for certified divers and non-divers. This option is fairly expensive, though – check the Melbourne Aquarium web site for details.
Another less intimidating option is to take a Glass Bottom Boat Tour over the surface of the Oceanarium and see the sharks below you. This is not included in general admission.
To make the most of your visit, allow 2 to 3 hours to get round everything. Melbourne Aquarium has wheelchair access to all exhibits, with lifts or ramps between floors.
Melbourne Aquarium is located on the corner of Flinders Street and King Street, and only a short walk from either Flinders or Southern Cross train stations. The Aquarium is open from 9.30am to 6.00pm daily every day of the year including public holidays. Last admission is 1 hour prior to closing times.