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The Aquarium offers every member of the family a fascinating viewing of all sea creatures, big and small, that live in our oceans and waterways.

The Aquarium or Melbourne Oceanarium is displayed over 4 Levels and is in the process of being extensively expanded.

There are amazing creatures such as the moray eels, giant crabs, huge scary sharks, delicate sea dragons, cuttlefish, neon jellyfish and a whole lot more.


There are educational and informative talks held in the amphi-theater throughout the day.

Allow a good 2 to 3 hours to explore the different levels of this amazing and fascinating place.

Oceanarium On The Melbourne Yarra River

Melbourne Aquarium on the banks of the Yarra River compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/bertiemabootoo/309271895/

You can watch the animals being fed daily through giant floor to ceiling windows, even interact with the divers who swim around hand feeding all sorts of amazing sea creatures.

Daily Feeding The Oceanarium Fish

Feeding the fish at the Melbourne Aquarium compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/reinis/383412238/

The Different Melbourne Aquarium Levels


   On Level One of the Aquarium you can find...     

  • Fresh water Billabongs.
  • Rock Pools.
  • Salty water Mangroves.
  • The Upper deck Cafe.

Fresh Water Billabong

The rock pool displays at the Melbourne Aquarium compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbennett/26284246/

   On the Ground Floor you will find...   

  • Giant crabs and delicate Sea Dragons.
  • Coral Atolls.

An incredible floor-to-ceiling Coral Atoll.

To see Coral actually moving is one of the most incredible things that I have ever seen.

Delicate fronds swaying back and forth, tickling the little clown fish and the other brightly coloured varieties.

These fish meander in between the corals' delicate and sometimes deadly fronds.

I stood there for ages just taking in this breathtaking sight.

  • Sea Jellies/Jelly Fish.
  • Japanese Spider Crabs.
  • The Moorings Cafe.
  • The Aquarium Shop.You can also take home a great souvenir from the extensively stocked Aquarium Shop.

The public has direct access to the shop, no need to enter from the Aquarium.

Great if you want to purchase that unusual birthday or Christmas gift, you could combine it with an Aquarium Entry Pass Voucher or perhaps the very special and unforgetable Penguin Passport Pass.

Level B1

Ocean Cuttle Fish

photo of cuttle fish swimming at the Melbourne Aquarium compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/mred32/3578647066/

  • The Octopus Display.
  • Children's play area.

   On Level B2 there is the...

  • BHP Billington Shark Conservation Project.
  • Animal Nursery.
  • Ocean Theatre
  • Oceanarium Fishbowl.

Amazing transparent tunnels that you can wander through as sharks, fish, turtles and rays swim over-head.

You can actually look right into the mouth of a shark!

You can join a group and take a guided glass bottom boat tour where you can actually get to see the marine creatures up close, interact and actually talk with the divers and marine biologists.

A very educational experience worth doing.

It takes about 45 minutes to complete.

Melbourne Oceanic Tunnel

Aquarium tunnel at the Melbourne Oceanarium compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/stenbjerg/6336477432/

I personally found that if you want to avoid large crowds then perhaps visit during the week.

You could also take advantage of pre-booking your tickets with a very special Skip the Line Tour.

Melbourne's Great White Sharks

The Melbourne Great White Sharks compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssandars/26281714/

Where Is The Aquarium?

The Aquarium is very accessible, as it is in the heart of the city. Situated just down from the Flinders Street Station, you can find it easily. Wander  westward along Southbank, beside the Yarra River and look out for the large fish on the north bank.


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How Do You Get There?

You can either drive into the city and park in one of the near-by underground carparks, park at the Crown Casino and walk across to the Melbourne Aquarium or....

Catch Public Transport.  

  • The Train. You can access the Aquarium from either Flinder's Street Station or The Southern Cross Station.

    For an up to date time table click here at Metlink

    From either of these stations it is an easy and enjoyable stroll to the Aquarium.


  • The Tram.

    The Melbourne Aquarium is on the free City Circle Tram loop No'35.

    Other trams can access the



  • The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle is a bus shuttle service.

    Ticket information (effective from 1 October 2013

    Cost: $5 all day, children under 10 are free.

    How to purchase: tickets are available from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square or from ticket machines located at each stop. Please note, ticket machines only accept credit cards or coins.

    The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle is a free service until 1st October 2013

    It stops at key tourist attractions and destinations throughout the city.

    What a great way to view the city, listening to a thoroughly informative commentary.

    There are 13 actual stops and you can hop on or off at any of these, one being the No'11 Stop, the Immigration Museum.

    This is only a short distance from the Aquarium.

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    There are several tours that may interest you that are 'Aquarium' based.

    Just click the image here and select which one you would like to book.

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