The girls and I love watching the fish at the aquariums we have been to. We all picture busy cities with fish hurrying to and from their daily activities. Aquariums are where you can really let your mind wander into an underwater wonderland and Sea Life Aquarium in Melbourne is an epic place for you to do just that! We were looking for fun things to do in Melbourne for kids on a chilly Melbourne Saturday morning. We had been told it is one of the best family activities Melbourne has to offer so we headed to the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium to have a look around.

Where is Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium?

 

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is located on the corner of Flinders Street and King Street, Melbourne. It is right on the Yarra River, opposite Crown Entertainment Complex. Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is open every day of the year

Monday – Friday
10:00am – 5:30pm (last entry 4:30pm)

Weekends, School Holidays and Public Holidays.
9:30am – 6:00pm (last entry 5:00pm)

These are the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Hours but if you are unsure please go to the Sea Life Melbourne Website to double check. You can find the link here. to the official page.

After we walked into Sea Life Melbourne we just followed the path around to the exhibits. Marley loved trying to find the stamp stations to have her card stamped and also to find the guys from Paw Patrol too.

We spent a lot of time at the little rock pools where the kids could hold a starfish and some other little creatures that lived there.  This can be a real highlight in Sea Life Melbourne for kids. Our girls also liked that there was someone there manning the rock pool so they were able to ask all the questions about what was in there and have them answered. You do need to listen to the instructions of the instructor though.

We were all wowed by the big tank where you could watch the fish swim around. Both the girls loved watching the sharks glide through the water and they loved the stingrays as well. The best bit was standing in the glass tunnel and have them glide over the top of you. I think we all stood in there for a long time waiting for our favourites to make another lap of the tank so we could see them again.

We had a small snack at the cafeteria as they girls looked out for the huge crocodile that calls Sea Life Melbourne home. The huge tank has glass nearly all the way around it so you are sure to get a glimpse. If you are unlucky and the crocodile is feeling a little shy there is also a glass platform you can see him from above. This is where we got out best look!

Another favourite was the Billabong that is made in the middle of Sea Life Melbourne. We all loved how green and lush it was. They had turtles in there and they were happily swimming about which Willow loved to watch. It was here that we saw you can have a birthday party at Sea Life Melbourne! That would be so cool!

We had a few rests along the way in the areas that supply colouring in and little chairs for the kids and we all got a kick out of watching the 4D Ice Age movie. The kids were still laughing well after they left the little cinemas and, loved it so much they went back a second time to watch it. It’s a great way to have a rest but if you suffer from any back troubles or any lighting issues please see the person at the door to make sure this is the right thing for you to do.

 

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And last but not least THE PENGUINS! We absolutely love penguins and I love watching them wander around. I have no idea how they manage it and I always worry they might fall over…how would they get up? We were lucky enough that we were in Sea Life Melbourne for the feeding time and I can tell you it was like a frenzy! They dart in and out of the water at such a speed. It was fascinating to watch.

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How do I get to Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium?

 

There are plenty of options to get to Sea Life if you are staying in Melbourne. If you are down on a day trip it may be best to park your car at the Crown Complex and walk across the river as there is no parking at Sea Life Melbourne.

 

If you are staying in Melbourne getting to Sea life is easy!

 

Tram

The Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium tram stop is located on Flinders Street, directly out the front of the attraction. It services routes 70 and 75. If you are staying within the city circle you may be able to catch the free City Circle Tram that also stops out the front of Sea Life. The City Circle tram is a great thing to do in Melbourne for kids if you have more time in the city.

Train

 

Sea Life Melbourne is an easy five-minute walk from either Flinders or Southern Cross train stations.

We were one of the first in line to get our tickets so the wait was not very long (Later on when we were leaving the line was huge) We got our map and we were off to explore what we could

 Amazing facilities at Sea Life Melbourne for kids:

 

  • Brilliant parent rooms with plenty of space and privacy as well. Some even had a vending machine inside with some of the essentials you may have run out of.
  • Interactive displays for all ages
  • Wide paths between displays which made pram parking easy
  • Play areas for the little ones (and some big ones!) to have a rest in
  • High-chairs in the cafeteria

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Prices:

 

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There are so many Melbourne Aquarium deals that we are sure you can find a deal that will suit your family.

General Admission Ticket:                                             Adult: $42                      Child: $22.40

  • Pick a set date for standard 1-day admission
  • Skip the queues with express mobile ticket entry
  • Prices vary by date and time – cheapest in off-peak

Fully Flexible:                                                                   Adult: $42 (online only)

  • Flexible entry – arrive anytime in the next 12 months
  • Skip the queues with express mobile ticket entry
  • Free admission under age 3

Melbourne Big Ticket:                                                       Per Person: $74

  • Skip the queues with express mobile ticket entry
  • See it all in 1 day or visit over any 2 days
  • Valid for admission within 90 days

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Annual Pass:                  Per Person $89 (first-time purchase)

  • 12 months unlimited entry to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
  • Discounts on experiences, food, beverages and much more!
  • Skip the queues with express Annual Pass attraction entry

As you can see there are so many great Melbourne Aquarium deals. I have also noticed that the official website has more Melbourne Aquarium deals on it on a regular basis. Check it out and book online to save on your Sea Life Melbourne Tickets.

I can honestly say we totally enjoyed our time at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium and we absolutely agree that is is one of the best family activities Melbourne has to offer. We spend around 4 hours in Sea Life Melbourne and we would definitely go back if we were looking for amazing things to do in Melbourne for kids to get us out of the crazy Melbourne weather! If you are visiting Melbourne with kids put Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium on the top of your best family activities Melbourne list!

Getting to Melbourne:
  • Melbourne is the second biggest city in Australia. Melbourne International Airport is 23 kilometres from the city centre.
  • Melbourne is serviced by many international airlines and budget carriers Jetstar, Tiger. Scoot and AirAsia just to name a few. You can check the prices of international flights to Australia with Expedia. Domestic flights can be booked with webjet 
  • There is no direct public transport link with Melbourne Airport. You can catch the Skybus or you can book an airport transfer with Suntransfers who we have personally used on many occasions,
  • You can book a rental car and have it waiting for you at Melbourne Airport.
Getting around Melbourne:
  • myki is Melbourne’s ticketing system to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses. International and interstate visitors coming to Victoria can buy a myki Explorer pack. The myki pack combines a ready to use myki card, visitor information and special offers for travellers. It’s a great option for visitors who choose to explore Melbourne and regional Victoria by public transport!. You need to touch your myki card on and off when you use the public transport system.
  • The Free Tram Zone in Melbourne’s CBD makes easy to move around the city. On the free trams, you do not need to touch on and off with a myki. Download the Free Tram Zone map on the Maps page.
Where to stay in Melbourne:
  • Melbourne has accommodation options for every budget from Hostels, to apartments and hotels rooms
  • Hostels in Melbourne can start from as little as $21 a night for a shared dorm room. Check out Trip Advisor for the top 10 ranked hostels in Melbourne. You can book your stay directly from the page.
  • You can search Airbnb for there Melbourne accommodation offerings. If you have never used Airbnb before get yourself $50 credit by signing and booking a stay right HERE
  • Hotels in Melbourne generally start from around $100 a night for a double room and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards 5 stars. Google states that 3-star averaging $113, 5-star averaging $314 for a night stay. You can compare and book your stay on Agoda, Hotels.com and Hotels Combined
Weather in Melbourne
Melbourne enjoys warm summers, sunny spring days, mild autumns and crisp winters. Sometimes you will see these four seasons in one day
With its every changing climate, Melbourne’s turns the heat up from December to February (summer), cools down March to May (autumn), but don’t be surprised to see 30 degree days during this time. winter brings the chill from June to August (winter) and warms up again in the spring months of September to November (spring).
Melbourne’s top temperatures are usually in January and February where days in the high 30’s and low 40’s are probable. Those months are often dry, with hot spells and cooling afternoon breezes off Port Phillip Bay. June and July are the coldest months, and October is the wettest.
Melbourne is often maligned for its weather. It receives 650mm of a rain annually − less rain than Sydney.

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We hope you found this post by us here at Wyld Family Travel helpful. We have included two posts below that we think will also help you when you are travelling to Victoria, Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by: Bec Wyld is a mother, wife and and once reluctant traveller. Bec has been to over 30 countries across the globe. I have planned and stressed in all of these places. Becs writing can be found on Wyld Family Travel and as a guest poster and contributor on many other travel websites including Lonely Planet Kids

 

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Sea Life Melbourne lies on the bank of the Yarra River in the heart of the city. Looking for things to do in Melbourne, Sea Life is a great destination. Sea Life lies close to many Melbourne Attractions. Its one of the top things to do with kids in Melbourne. #Melbourne #sealife #Australia #familytravel
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