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Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

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Address: Cnr Flinders St & King St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 1800 026 576
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09:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Discover creatures of the Southern Ocean in the 2-million-liter oceanarium.

Discover creatures of the Southern Ocean in the 2-million-liter oceanarium.

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Loved the king penguins!

Aquarium isn't very big, but houses the king penguins, which was hard to have in most aquariums in Asia. Up close encounter, separated by just a wall of glass, it was a unique... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was an exiting experience for everyone in the family to enjoy. Very amusing and a great place to visit on a cold and hot day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Aquarium isn't very big, but houses the king penguins, which was hard to have in most aquariums in Asia. Up close encounter, separated by just a wall of glass, it was a unique experience. Other than that, we finished the tour in less than 2 hours.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my third visit - I kept giving it chances - and I have finally decided I will never go back. The customer service is terrible - the staff all look miserable. We were asked for our ticket by the photographer when we had just gone through the front entrance. The exhibits are pretty average and honestly I think... More 

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SeaLifeMelb, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and taking the time to share your experiences with us at SEA LIFE Melbourne. It is disappointing to hear that you didn't enjoy your journey through the aquarium and your comments have been passed on to the relevant departments. We do offer discounted tickets on our website with up to 20% off. This is dependant... More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is definitely a place worth visiting if you have some free time or you really like aquatic life. The exhibits are clear and the path you take is clearly marked as to ensure you see every animal in the venue. The layout is open and conducive. Although I found it interesting I do feel it is limited and could... More 

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Thank ReubenC1606
SeaLifeMelb, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us at SEA LIFE Melbourne. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your visit and found the attraction had a good layout. We do offer discounted tickets on our website, when you chose our 'online saver' option you can save up to... More 

Plymouth, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Huge specimens. Easy to walk through. Great variety. Walkthrough aquariums. Sea horse exhibition. Worth the price.

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Thank markzink13
SeaLifeMelb, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, 5 Stars :D This is fantastic to hear! It is always great to know that our visitors have enjoyed their time exploring SEA LIFE Melbourne. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and look forward to seeing you again soon :) More 

Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are with children, this should be enjoyable. Lots of curious, interesting sea creatures, both big and small, to look at. Should prove an educational experience too.

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Thank helenngbl
SeaLifeMelb, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review :) It is great to hear that you enjoyed your journey through the aquarium and found it to be educational as well as entertaining. We run a number of talks and feeds each day and further details on these can be found our website. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience... More 

los angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the aquarium and noted it is well-laid out for families, of which there were many that rainy day.

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Thank luv2trvloften
SeaLifeMelb, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review :) We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. It is great to hear that you had a fun time exploring SEA LIFE Melbourne, finding the journey enjoyable and well laid out. We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit. More 

San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I walked to the Sea Life Aquarium because we had a few hours to kill in the CBD of Melbourne. I really like aquariums so we gave it a go. The aquarium is small by Sea World standards, but a nice number of exhibits. The main exhibit I looked forward to is the big saltwater viewing tank,... More 

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Thank ruggerscoot
SeaLifeMelb, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and taking the time to share your experience with us at SEA LIFE Melbourne. It is wonderful to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your journey through the aquarium and found some favourites along the way. Our Crocodile Pinjarra and our oceanarium are definitely favourites for many of our visitors :) Looking forward to... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to spend the day and finding out more about sea life. My little girl loved the place so much that she requested for consequent visits during our stay in Melbourne. Lots of interactive activities and an amazing place to see how they could house different sea creatures and exhibits within a limited space.

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Thank WTJH
SeaLifeMelb, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, responded to this review

5 STARS :D Thank you for your review, we really appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences with us at SEA LIFE Melbourne. It is wonderful to hear that you and your daughter loved the visit the aquarium and we look forward to you both again next time your visiting Melbourne. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A fun place for the family. So much to see. The glass tunnel lets you right into the ocean life of sea creatures

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Thank Bronnie_46
SeaLifeMelb, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, 5 STARS !!! It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your journey through SEA LIFE Melbourne and it sounds like our oceanarium was a favourite. The oceanarium and it's tunnel are a great place to observe the animals and from different perspectives. We really appreciate you taking the time share your experience with us... More 

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