A few weekends ago my beautiful big sister Heidi came to visit and we spent the morning at the Melbourne Aquarium and the afternoon shopping in the city, so many great finds at H&M in the Melbourne GPO building, I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t been already!
As for the aquarium there were lots of people but we had no trouble viewing the exhibits. We had fun feeding the fish and walking through the oceanarium. We took photos with funny looking fish and had various “ohhh wow!” moments at the giant sting rays swimming overhead.
One downside was that it felt a little short. Before you know it, you’re out at the gift shop area. We thought we must have missed quite a bit we back tracked through the aquarium looking for things we must have missed, but to our disappointment we hadn’t missed a thing.
It was also a bit difficult to find your way around due to the lack of signage as to where particular displays are, my sister and I had some laughs when we ended up on the same floor about three times!
Don’t get me wrong there are some great marine displays and interactive touch displays, however, I think the aquarium would be more suited for families with children, and in saying that, I think young families would have a wonderful time. A happy child = a happy parent.
Overall though it was a fun way to spend a rainy day, maybe this was because I was with such great company though! I absolutely LOVE it when my sisters come to visit me as I miss them just living around the corner. Moving away from home makes you realize just how important your sisters are!
The highlight for me would have been the King and Gentoo penguins exhibit, the penguins were so beautiful and I was fascinated by their behavior around their little nests!
Open from 9.30am until 6.00pm every day of the year, including public holidays.
I recommend you allow approximately 2 hours for your journey through the aquarium. If you want to sit down for lunch possibly longer however this is not a whole day activity.
The Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is centrally located in the CBD on the banks of the Yarra River, on the corner of King and Flinders Streets, Melbourne.