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Plan your visit to SEA LIFE Sydney | Essential visitor's guide

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is one of the world's largest aquariums that feature hundreds of marine species, exhibits, and so much more. Walk through the majestic ocean tunnel, and different themed zones to explore the deep sea wonders of Australia. Keep reading for more information about the aquarium, and plan a hassle-free visit!

What are the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium timings?

The aquarium is open every day from 10am to 5pm. These timings might vary slightly, every few months. So its best to call in advance to confirm the operational hours for the day of your visit.

Last admission is usually one hour before closing, at 4pm. We recommend spending at least 1.5 to 2 hours at aquarium to fully enjoy all the exhibits and activities.

Check out our detailed timings guide to get more information about feedings and talks.

Best time to visit SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Being one of the top places to visit in Sydney, the SEA LIFE Aquarium Sydney remains crowded during weekends. Plan a visit during weekdays to avoid the rush. Another tip is to visit the aquarium in the morning, shortly after opening, to explore the underwater world leisurely.

The best time to visit SEA LIFE Aquarium Sydney is December to February while June to August is the low season.

Where is the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium located?

SEA LIFE Aquarium is set in the heart of Sydney, at Darling Harbour. The aquarium is a short distance away from Sydney Harbour, and is walking distance from other Sydney attractions like Madame Tussauds, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, and Sydney Tower Eye.

Address: 1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia | Find on Maps

Closest Landmark: Sydney Harbour Bridge (3 km), Darling Harbour (800 meters)

What are the ways to reach SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium?

getting to SEA LIFE Sydney by bus

By public transport

Via train: Town Hall station is the closest station to the aquarium, just a 10 minute walk away. From here, walk towards Market Street and downhill, towards Darling Harbour.

Via ferry: If you want to admire the sea views, then a ferry is the ideal option. Take a public ferry to Darling Harbour from Circular Quay Wharf 5. The ferry services are available every half an hour.

Via bus:

  • Take a bus from anywhere and hop off at the King Street Wharf Station. From here, the SEA LIFE Aquarium is just a 2-minute walk away. 
  • If you are travelling through Big Bus Sydney, hop off at the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium stop on Wheat Road.

By car/taxi

  • If you want to reach SEA LIFE aquarium by car, then use Sat Nav and head straight towards 1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000.
  • You can also take a taxi from anywhere in the city to King Street Wharf or the rear of Cockle Bay Wharf.

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Know before you go to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney facilities
  • Toilets: The toilets can be found at the entrance to the aquarium, near the exit of the gift shop, and also near the Gentoo and King Penguins. 
  • Seating: Free bench seating is available throughout the aquarium. 
  • Changing room: A changing room is available for visitors for free. 
  • Restaurant: Get free access to the restaurant, lounge, and bar. 
  • Gift shop: Visit the gift shop for souvenirs and merch.
  • Information desk: Get help for all things about the aquarium, facilities, and more at the help desk at the entrance.
Accessibility at SEA LIFE Sydney aquarium
  • Most of the SEA LIFE Aquarium is accessible by wheelchair. Some backstage areas included in tours, and special experiences are not wheelchair accessible. 
  • Get free entry for carers or essential companions for guests with disabilities. 
  • Free wheelchairs are available at the aquarium on a first come first serve basis.
SEA LIFE Sydney rules
  • Service animals are permitted inside the SEA LIFE Aquarium with appropriate documentation. 
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the aquarium. 
  • Alcohol and outside food are not allowed inside the aquarium.
  • Do not use flash photography or commercial photo/videography equipment inside the aquarium.
  • Turtle Beach: Enjoy dining under frozen waves on Turtle Beach while enjoying the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef as the sun sets down. 
  • Heart of the Reef: Admire the hundreds of fish, sharks, turtles, and marine animals while dining in a 360-glass tunnel. 
  • Glowing World of Jellies: Enter a world of illuminated jellies and dine among beautiful, multi-coloured displays. 
  • Rainbow Reef: Dine under the daylight on the reef in front of three large windows while admiring the various sea creatures.
hotels near SEA LIFE Sydney aquarium

If you are planning to stay longer in the heart of Sydney then look no further than Darling Harbour. 

  • QT Sydney: Located a 2 minutes walk from SEA LIFE Aquarium, QT Sydney offers a restaurant, bar, cafe, and spa.
  • Darling Harbour Getaway: Stay amidst the stunning views of Cockle Bay with an indoor pool, vibrant bars, and restaurants.
  • SKYE Suites Sydney: Stay with luxury and mesmerising views in the heart of Sydney at SKYE Suites.
tourist spots near SEA LIFE Sydney
  • Sydney Opera House: The world known Sydney Opera House is known as the most iconic building and architectural wonder. The Opera House is filled with stories where the past shapes the future. 
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge:The Harbour Bridge in Sydney is the largest steel arch bridge in the world. Take a walk to the bridge to admire the incredible views of the city.
  • Sydney Tower Eye: Take a tour of this 309m tall observation deck for the best sky-high views of the city.
  • Australian National Maritime Museum: Visit this historic museum to learn about ancient Aboriginal and European explorers and their travels.

Visitor tips

  • Early mornings are the best time to visit the aquarium for a low-key, leisurely tour of the exhibits.
  • Carry a water bottle with you in case you get thirsty during your visit. 
  • There will be a lot of walking to do at the aquarium, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Children aged 2 and under can enter the SEA LIFE Aquarium for free!

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Frequently asked questions about visiting SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Where is the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium?

The SEA LIFE Aquarium is located at 1-5 Wheat Road in Sydney, Australia. Find on Maps

Can I visit SEA LIFE Aquarium Sydney for free?

Children under the age of 2 years are allowed free entry into the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. However, everyone aged 3 and above will need to purchase a ticket to enter the aquarium. Good news is, children between 3 and 15 years of age can get a discounted entry ticket to the aquarium.

How much does it cost to visit SEA LIFE Aquarium Sydney?

General admission tickets to SEA LIFE Aquarium will cost you around AU$46. If you choose a combo or multi attraction pass, the price will increase.

What is the best time to visit SEA LIFE Aquarium Sydney?

The best time to visit the aquarium is during weekday mornings. Due to its popularity, the weekends get crowded at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

When does SEA LIFE Sydney open?

The aquarium usually opens by 10am and closes by 5pm, daily. These timings can vary by a bit, every few months, so confirm the timings for the day, before your visit.

Can I visit the SEA LIFE Aquarium Sydney in a group?

Yes! Feel free to visit the aquarium in a group, but you still have to purchase individual tickets for everyone.

Can I visit the SEA LIFE Aquarium with kids?

Yes, SEA LIFE Sydney has is a great place to visit with children. The immersive and interactive exhibits like the Discovery Rockpool and Day and Night on the Reef, are very popular among both adults and kids.

Is the SEA LIFE Aquarium Sydney wheelchair friendly?

Yes. The SEA LIFE Aquarium is wheelchair accessible, and you can get complimentary wheelchairs at the entrance, on a first come first serve basis. One thing to note: some behind the scenes areas and special experiences at the aquarium might not be accessible by wheelchair.

Can I buy food and drinks at the SEA LIFE Aquarium Sydney?

Yes. There is one in-house cafe at the aquarium where you can buy snacks and drinks. If you want a larger selection of food, just head outside to Darling Harbour, where you can find plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars to suit every taste.

How long does it take to visit the SEA LIFE Aquarium Sydney?

You can spend the whole day at the aquarium, if you wish to. But we recommend spending a minimum of 1.5 hours to fully explore all the exhibits.

Is it worth visiting the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium?

Featuring over 13,000 animals and more than 700 different species of marine life, SEA LIFE Sydney is most definitely worth a visit to explore Australia’s marine diversity. Spot sharks, dugongs, penguins, platypuses, seahorses, and so much more at the aquarium.