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Everything you need to know about visiting SEA LIFE Melbourne

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ADDRESS

King St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Timings

10 AM–5 PM

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What is SEA LIFE Melbourne?

SEA LIFE Melbourne is an aquarium located in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Home to a diverse array of marine life, the attraction boasts immersive exhibits and interactive displays, allowing visitors to explore the wonders of the underwater world. From vibrant coral reefs to awe-inspiring ocean predators, SEA LIFE Melbourne offers a unique educational experience for all ages. With a history dating back to its opening in 2000, the aquarium has become a significant landmark, contributing to marine conservation efforts and offering a glimpse into the fascinating aquatic ecosystems that play a crucial role in our planet's biodiversity.

Quick facts about SEA LIFE Melbourne

  • Official name: SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
  • Address: King St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Opened in: January 2000
  • Timings: Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday from 9:30am to 5pm
  • Number of visitors per year: Over 10 million
  • Function: Aquarium
  • Number of species: Over 550
  • Number of animals: Over 10,000
  • Number of exhibits: 12
  • Levels: 4

Plan Your Visit to SEA LIFE Melbourne

Opening Hours
Location
  • Timings: Weekdays: 10am to 5pm, weekends- 9:30am to 5pm
  • Last entry: 4pm
  • Closed: Open 365 days a year

Visiting Melbourne between March and May (autumn) or September and November (spring) is ideal. During these shoulder seasons, the weather is typically mild and pleasant, making it more comfortable. Additionally, tourist crowds are generally lower compared to the peak summer months, allowing you to explore SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium with more ease and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. We recommend visiting during the weekdays during shoulder seasons.

Nestled in central Melbourne, Australia, the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is a Southern Ocean and Antarctic aquarium situated along the scenic Yarra River. It is adjacent to both the Flinders Street Viaduct and the King Street Bridge, providing a stunning waterfront setting.

  • Getting there: It is well-connected by bus, tram, train, car, and taxi.
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  • Nearby landmarks: Nearby landmarks include the iconic Flinders Street Station, Melbourne Skydeck, and Immigration Museum.

Frequently Asked Questions About SEA LIFE Melbourne

How can I get tickets to SEA LIFE Melbourne?

You can get tickets to SEA LIFE Melbourne online and on-site. We recommend booking your tickets in advance, as the aquarium is a popular attraction and tickets are likely to sell out.

How much does it cost to visit SEA LIFE Melbourne?

A visit to SEA LIFE Melbourne will cost you AUD 37.60. You can enjoy interactive experiences such as Penguin Passport, Jelly Lab Experience, or private dining by paying an extra fee.

Who designed SEA LIFE Melbourne?

Peddle Thorp, an architecture and interior design firm in Australia, designed the SEA LIFE Aquarium in Melbourne.

When did SEA LIFE Melbourne open?

The aquarium opened in January 2000.

What’s inside SEA LIFE Melbourne?

Inside SEA LIFE Melbourne, you will find a world-first 2,200,000-liter 'oceanarium in the round,' along with other exhibits featuring Australian fauna, penguins, turtles, jellyfish, sharks, and Antarctic fish.

What are the SEA LIFE Melbourne opening hours?

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s opening hours are 10am to 5pm on weekdays, and 9.30 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

What is the best time to visit SEA LIFE Melbourne?

The best time to visit SEA LIFE Melbourne is during the shoulder seasons between March and May or September and November when the weather is moderate, and there are fewer tourist crowds.

Where is SEA LIFE Melbourne?

SEA LIFE Melbourne is located on the banks of the Yarra River in central Melbourne, Australia.

Is SEA LIFE Melbourne wheelchair accessible?

SEA LIFE Melbourne is wheelchair accessible, providing full access to all exhibits covered in General Admission. Some experiences, however, may be unsuitable.

Is photography allowed at SEA LIFE Melbourne?

Photography is allowed at SEA LIFE Melbourne, allowing you to capture memorable moments during your visit. However, please note that the use of flash photography or tripods is not permitted.

Is there a dress code for visiting SEA LIFE Melbourne?

There is no specific dress code for visiting SEA LIFE Melbourne, but comfortable clothing and footwear are a must for an enjoyable experience. Offensive clothing is not allowed.

What other attractions are near SEA LIFE Melbourne?

You can explore nearby attractions such as the Melbourne Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Monopoly Dreams, IceBar Melbourne, and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre near SEA LIFE Melbourne.