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Melbourne Aquarium (Melbourne)

Worlds & Experiences at the Melbourne Aquarium:

Explore a world unlike any other in Antarctica - one of the four exciting and entertaining worlds at Melbourne Aquarium. Marvel as the majestic King and cheeky Gentoo penguins play in the pool and slide across the snow-covered ice.

Interactive displays and stunning visuals are sure to entertain and educate you on everything there is to know about the coldest, windiest and driest continent in the world.

From experiencing the life of an explorer as they embarked on the most perilous journey of their time to learning about how scientists live on the continent now, you will be amazed at the history, culture and science of one of the most remote places on earth.

Walk through the massive Nella Dan, a replica of one of the most famous Antarctic ice breakers and see the penguins in the special underwater viewing area.

Don’t miss the daily penguin feeds where our keepers and special guides will help you discover more about the daily life of our star attractions!

Weird & Wonderful
Prepare to be surprised by the most Weird & Wonderful animals that inhabit one of Melbourne Aquarium’s four new worlds to discover.

The colourful and vibrant Weird & Wonderful journey allows you to experience some of the strangest marine animals in the world and these creatures will certainly challenge how you believe a fish should behave and what it should look like.

You will discover a selection of secrets for survival under the sea by observing the extraordinary habits of colour-changing cuttlefish, spiky lionfish, camouflaged sea dragons, armour-carrying crabs and everyone’s favourite marine movie star Nemo.

From the natural fascinating beauty of the live coral garden waving in the current, to the enchantment of the seahorse exhibit, Weird & Wonderful is a mesmerising world full of colourful and amazing animals for the whole family to enjoy.

River to Reef
Take an amazing journey from River to Reef – one of four worlds to discover at Melbourne Aquarium.

While embarking on this amazing adventure, you will experience a wild jungle with extraordinary aquatic animals, beautiful waterfalls and spooky caves.

Come up-close to the amazing island inhabitants – rainbow fish, turtles, snakes, catfish, barramundi and even deadly poison arrow frogs. Don’t miss Australia’s largest freshwater fish – the Murray Cod.

Sharks and some of the most magnificent tropical animals of the reef swim right next to you in the spectacular floor-to-ceiling Coral Atoll and just around the corner are the enchanting Sea Jellies in their own specially designed UV-lit Jellies Room.

Sharks Alive
Dive into the awe-inspiring Southern Ocean for an unforgettable experience in Sharks Alive – one of the four new worlds to discover at Melbourne Aquarium.

Melbourne Aquarium’s 2.2 million litre Oceanarium features a panoramic Fish Bowl viewing area that allows you to feel as though you are underwater with intimidating sharks, massive stingrays, turtles and hundreds of fish swimming overhead.

Those feeling brave can dive in at the deep end and experience the huge adrenaline rush of swimming face-to-face with the sharks in the Oceanarium. For those who like to remain dry, the Glass Bottom Boat Tour takes you above the surface of the water – allowing you to enjoy the wonders from a different angle.

The daily dive feeds are a must-see highlight, as expert divers take the plunge into the tank to feed the hungry marine predators. You can also take a seat and relax in the Ocean Theatre and watch a presentation about the amazing animals as they float right by.

Experience the wonders from a different angle...
Take a Glass Bottom Boat ride over our 2.2 million litre Oceanarium. Get up-close to sharks, stingrays, turtles and thousands of other marine animals from the Southern Ocean.

You will get an in-depth educational tour of the 'behind-the-scenes' action at Melbourne Aquarium and the chance to talk to our divers and marine biologists.

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Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s next birthday in an underwater world full of fun and excitement, including our Antarctica exhibit with Australia’s only King and Gentoo penguins!

With your child’s favourite party food, as well as some really cool optional extras, don’t miss the chance for a really unique, exciting and fun option for your child’s next birthday.


Admission Prices
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Birthday Party details and Costs


The Aquarium is definitely one of THE destinations for families in Melbourne and everyone should have a very interesting time. The major irritation is that I felt the Aquarium was setup as a money making machine with a very high entrance cost and a huge amount of extra methods to gouge money from visitors. The list is endless and includes fish feeding, Access All Areas, Shark Walker, Dive with the Sharks, group photo at the entrance, Sit among the Penguins, Make your own coin, ride-on equipment at the Children's playground and on and on. Parents want a relaxing and enjoyable time rather than constant appeals for extra things.

When we visited the queues were very long but once we got into the Aquarium there was good access to see all the exhibits. There was a very extensive range of exhibits which were beautifully presented in interesting ways. Some nice elements includes the ability to go into tunnels under the exhibits and stick your head up into a hemisphere in the tank to get a different perspective and an area where you could touch some sea-life such as starfish and sea urchins.


Address | Contact

Cnr Kings Way and Flinders Street,  Melbourne 3000, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: (03) 9923 5999
Map: 1A Ref: D11

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