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Solitary Islands Aquarium

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Address: 2 Bay Dr | National Marine Science Centre, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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The Solitary Islands Aquarium, located at Southern Cross University's...

The Solitary Islands Aquarium, located at Southern Cross University's National Marine Science Centre, serves as an important community asset helping to bring an awareness and appreciation for our marine environment through education and science. Our facility is focused on regional species, resource management and conservation. The aquarium provides an intimate experience for visitors to learn about and to interact with marine life of the Coffs Coast through our series of aquariums, presentations, and visual displays.

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Small, but quality

This is a small aquarium, but is great for learning what is happening under the water of the local sea. Very informative and frequent talks.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Royce W
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Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Spending 30 dollars for a family to watch less than 10 tanks is too much. I was expecting a lot more but was done with this place in under 30 minutes.

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Thank Detritus
Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Solitary Islands Aquarium. Sorry to hear that you did not find the experience value for money but we do appreciate your feedback. Along with our 12 display tanks holding approximately 15,000 litres, we try and enhance the visitors experience through our fish feeding demonstrations, touch pool show, an... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small aquarium, but is great for learning what is happening under the water of the local sea. Very informative and frequent talks.

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Thank Royce W
Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to the Solitary Islands Aquarium. Great to hear that you found it enjoyable and informative - we make every endeavor to highlight our wonderful marine environment through our hourly fish feeding and touch pool shows guided by our knowledgeable staff. Thanks again for your wonderful review. More 

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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Solitary Islands Aquarium is an absolutely wonderful place. Staff are full of knowledge and fantastic at keeping visitors informed and entertained. They promote ocean and aquatic care and provide unlimited information. I wish we could have stayed longer but we had to leave to catch our flight. I would definitely recommend a visit to the Solitary Islands Aquarium if you... More 

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Thank 15hot
Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is a university research facility which has some interesting displays. There is also a play boat and magnetic fishing game plus various hands on trays. The introductory film was rather long, even for us adults and the talk before the fish feeding was rather lengthy too and our toddler couldn't last to see the actual feeding

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Thank Ruth P
Northmead, Australia
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 February 2017

the staff were very happy to share their knowledge with any guest, even the most inquisitive youngsters. The animals appear to be happy and healthy, however we're not sure about the octopus as it escaped recently. It was also great to be able to handle some of the animals.

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Thank MDandRD
Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review. Great to hear that our enthusiastic guides inspired you and your visitors and that your learned more about our local marine creatures. Thanks again for your lovely review. More 

Taree
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

This is a great venue for both adults and kids. Staff are very informative and friendly. Easy to get to for elderly people. Great value for money.

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Thank Karenemurphy
Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your glowing review - great to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us. We endeavour to create an environment that is enjoyable, educational and affordable. Thanks again for our review and taking the time to share your thoughts regarding your visit. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

This is a small aquarium but the tanks are very clean and fantastic to view. Staff were great and highly recommend taking the kids. Good value for money

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Thank Bruce R
Australia
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Okay for a quick stop off, but very average and probably not worth $12 a ticket for an adult, not enough to do, we were done in 10 mins, and that was pushing it.

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New South Wales, Australia
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20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Whilst this location is quite small it was good to break up a day with the kids whilst on holidays. I think we only stayed for under a hour so if your travelling up north on a trip it would be a nice little break from the car. The kids enjoyed it which was the main thing.

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Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Solitary Islands Aquarium as well as taking the time to stop in for a visit. Great to hear that the your children enjoyed their visit and that you were able to take a break while travelling. Hope you were able to gain some insight into our beautiful marine... More 

Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We visited the Aquarium as a rainy day activity with the kids. It is quite small, with only a few rooms to visit, but was interactive for the kids as they had a "find me" sheet (fish to find within the tanks). They also had education talks in front of the tanks and feeding sessions which the kids really enjoyed.... More 

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Thank ash b
Stephan S, Manager at Solitary Islands Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Solitary Islands Aquarium and great to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit with us. We endeavor to provide enjoyment and education into the visitors experience and we are pleased to hear that you found the experience both. Thanks again for your review. More 

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