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New York, New York
October 11, 2011
May 17, 2006
From journal Sydney: Worth All the Fuss
London, United Kingdom
May 1, 2006
From journal The watery city of Sydney - Gleaming, Glittering and Gigantic
Brooklyn, New York
September 13, 2005
The Aquarium is open 9:30-10pm daily. The entrance fee is expensive (US$14 for student discount!!, full price is probably closer to US$20) but there are discount coupons in every tourist pamphlet I saw in the tourist office so grab a pamphlet from the tourist center in Darling Harbour before you go. I know the price is high for a family but I think its well worth it. There is a lot to see and the kids I saw walking around were MEZMERIZED by the place. So was I!!
If you can't get to the Great Barrier Reef while in Australia, definitely go to the Sydney Aquarium. You will get an approximate experience that is uniquely cool unto itself. Beyond regular aquarium displays of small fish tanks full of marine life the Sydney Aquarium offers three giant underground tanks: one for seals, one for sharks and stingrays, and one that recreates the reef environment. You get to walk through the tanks and watch sharks, seals, and fish swim above you and around you.
If you are not traveling with kids, you can go at night when things are calmer. It's open until 10pm every night (last ticket sold at 9pm). The seals may be asleep, but all the other tanks are full of life at night and prove to be eerier after dark. I think the Aquarium is a MUST-SEE when in Sydney.
From journal A Taste of Sydney, Australia
San Jose, California
September 11, 2005
For me, the highlight was the platypus exhibit. One of my must-dos for the trip was seeing a platypus, and I got to do this right inside the entrance to the aquarium. The exhibit was roomy and allowed these unique creatures to show their natural behaviors. In these ways and in visibility, it was superior to the small tank at Taronga Zoo.
Nemo has been a boon to the aquarium and is highly celebrated. Kids really enjoyed the anemone fish exhibit, and the gift shop carried tons of Nemo-inspired items.
From journal Cosmopolitan Sydney
San Luis Obispo, California
July 2, 2005
A typical aquarium visit lasts a few hours. The aquarium is open late (10pm) and is fun to visit at night. The crowds are also smaller at night. You can take the ferry to the aquarium, which is a lot of fun. Discount adult ferry/aquarium tickets are available at the ferry terminal at Circular Quay. There are also combo ticket packages available (Sky tower, aquarium, etc.), which would be worth looking into if you plan on visiting many places in Sydney.
From journal G'day from Sydney
Gold Coast, Australia
April 26, 2005
From journal Exploring Sydney
April 7, 2005
From journal 10 Days in Australia
December 2, 2004
There are different prices, depending on what you want to see. The bottom line price for just this attraction is $22.50 for each adult.
From journal SYD
March 19, 2004
The Aquarium is open until 10:00pm, so you can do this as part of a longer day of seeing the sights ... most things close down at 5:00. You will get up close looks at many creatures you usually won't see without scuba tanks. (Since my trip to the reef got rained out, I saw things I didn't get to see with scuba tanks.)
There are a couple of places where you walk *though* a glass tunnel in the middle of a larger tank, with sharks and other creatures swimming above, below and beside you. I don't have kids myself, but every kid I saw there was just delighted.
From journal Australia 2004 - Sydney