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The Melbourne Aquarium - It's a little bit fishy

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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.

You can watch the animals being fed daily through giant floor to ceiling windows.

You can even interact with the divers who swim around inside the different tanks as they hand feed all sorts of amazing sea creatures that swim on by.

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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Where Is The Aquarium?


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How To Get To The City's Amazing Aquarium

By Car

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 Aquarium. Check out the map above and add your starting point. Map out your route to find your way into the city.

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.

By Tram

The Melbourne Aquarium is on the free City Circle Tram loop or travel on the Number 35 tram. Other trams that you can use to access the Melbourne Aquarium are Route 48 New Quay Docklands - North Balwyn being one of them.

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The Different Melbourne Aquarium Levels

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, would have to be one of the most incredible things that you could ever see. Delicate fronds swaying back and forth, tickling the little clown fish and other brightly coloured varieties that swim in and out through the fronds. Sometimes these fronds can be quite deadly.

  • Sea Jellies/Jelly Fish.
  • Japanese Spider Crabs.
  • The Moorings Cafe.
  • 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.

On Level 1 You Will Find ...

  • Fresh Water Billabongs.
  • Rock Pools.
  • Salty Water Mangroves.
  • The Upper Deck Cafe.
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Level B1

  • The Octopus Display.
  • Children's play area.
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Level B2

  • 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.

If you want to avoid large crowds then perhaps visit during the week.

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Melbourne Hop on Hop off Tour & Melbourne Aquarium

Get up close with an array of wonderful marine life at Melbourne Aquarium and see the best of Melbourne city with this sightseeing and attraction package!

Featuring a 24 hour hop on hop off bus pass for riding on an iconic double decker bus that stops at 23 essential highlights and landmarks around Melbourne as well as entry to popular attraction Melbourne Aquarium, this is a great choice to first time visitors to Melbourne for both adults and kids alike.

Make your own itinerary and see only the highlights of Melbourne that are most important to you over the course of 24 hours - it's the ultimate in sightseeing flexibility at a great price!

Follow it up with a visit to Melbourne Aquarium - included as one of the stops on the hop on hop off itinerary - and get a firsthand experience of this award-winning underwater showcase that features 12 different themed zones teeming with marine life to discover. See the likes of massive stingrays, sleek sharks, glowing jellyfish, Australia's only sub-Antarctic King and Gentoo Penguins and many other interesting creatures as well as a number of daily shows, talks and presentations covering all aspects of the underwater kingdom.

This hop on hop off pass and Melbourne Aquarium package is the ideal choice for families travelling to Melbourne for the first time - if you want to see the best of the city and keep the kids entertained, then be sure to book yours online today!

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