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New York, New York
October 11, 2011
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
Gold Coast, Australia
April 26, 2005
From journal Exploring Sydney
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
July 1, 2003
The penguin exhibit is wonderful as what they now call 'little' penguins (the fairie penguins of old) have a very nice place to swim and live. Not the best place in the world for photography, but I tried.
In general this place is handicapped accessible. Very, very little parking for cars. The layout is set up for public transportation. About a 10 minutes walk from the Omni theatre, Maritime Museum and Monorail station.
From journal Australia on Top--Capt. Cook Explorer
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
February 3, 2002
It was fun in the platypus area where I not only saw one, but read that the first dried platypus specimen sent to Britain in 1798 was believed to be a hoax! They thought that a beak of a duck was stuck onto a small furry mammal! Did you know that the Platypus stores food within it's cheeks like a squirrel?
Below is a little quiz I put together for you from things I learned:
1.) What fish can live out of water, has eyes on top of it's head like a frog, and seems to crawl about?
a) Spotted Unicorn
2.) What carnivorous fish lives in the rivers of Northern Australia and has sharp teeth?
b) Silver Belly
3.) This fish changes it's sex after starting life as a female
a) Old Wife
4.) which fish below injects a poisonous venom into a puncture wound?
a) Old Wife
b) Silky Slider
( answers: b,b,c,a)
Many of the tanks here are built with long glass tunnels where people walk while the fish swim all about making you feel as if you have entered their world ( but remain dry!). The last of these tanks/walks has glass even under your feet where you are literally suspended in the fish world! It made me hope that I wouldn't crash through the glass floor because there was a big fat shark below me! Try to walk lightly!
There are penguin and seal enclosures and a very beautiful jellyfish tank that is mesmerizing to view as they sway and swirl in the unseen currents. It's rather dreamy to watch!
The most awesome tanks are located at the end of your visit. These last rooms are darkened behind you while an entire wall in front of you is the glass tank. Classical music surrounds you as the fish twirl in unison performing a spectacular ballet. I really think the fish KNOW the music because they follow along so very well....and you will enjoy their performance!
From journal On the Rocks with a Splash
kettering, United Kingdom
July 3, 2003
It was strange to see the famous blue bottle jelly fish too! It showed you pictures of what this deadly jelly can do to a human -- it paralyses and can kill you within an hour if you're not treated in time. So you learn as you go along too.
I wouldn't take kids under five years old -- they may get a little scared by the huge sharks. I got some great photos of the sharks -- they looked really scary!
It only took a few hours to walk around and I went alone on an overcast day.
The gift shop is great -- I brought some presents there for my family.
When you walk out of the aquarium, you are in the heart of Darling Harbour and a new area that has trendy bars, cafes, and a brilliant shopping centre too, so you can walk around that area after.
You can get to the aquarium by ferry from Circular Quay, which takes about 10 minutes. You have to go to check out the Pacific sea life -- it's a must for everyone.
From journal Smashing times in Sydney
May 17, 2006
From journal Sydney: Worth All the Fuss