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.

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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 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.

Visitor Bus Shuttle

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.

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.

Perhaps you could incorporate both these Melbourne attraction icons.

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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.

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 unforgettable Penguin Passport Pass.

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.

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Tips To Help You Enjoy Your Experience Of The Aquarium More

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

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

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Make your visit to the Aquarium a fantastic and memorable experience. If you love to tour an Aquarium, here are several tours that may be of interest.

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

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