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Sydney Aquarium

Thursday, February 7, 2008
Sydney Aquarium is just minutes from the CBD and is the perfect place to spend a couple of hours.

Nowhere else is there a larger collection of Australian aquatic life. It has over 12,000 animals including sharks, rays, platypus, seals, fairy penguins, crocodiles and many more.

You take the journey through one of the world's most spectacular aquariums to explore Australia's rich and diverse waterways, marine eco-systems and environments.

Underwater tunnels are a great way to view the all-Australian aquatic animals in the Great Barrier Reef Oceanarium.

There are exhibits depicting the southern and northern rivers, as well as southern and northern oceans.

Skull and crossbones signs alert visitors to dangerous creatures such as sharks, stonefish which have 13 lethal dorsal spines, blue-ringed octopus, saltwater crocodiles and the male platypus — which has two 15mm spurs containing a gland of strong toxins. There are plenty of others, and most of them don't look the slightest bit dangerous.

Keep your eyes open for feeding times. They vary so you can go from one session to another.

It's fun to follow the adventures of Splash, a water droplet who was happily living on the Great Barrier Reef. During a wet season he was sucked into a water spout and travelled in a cloud until he is dumped in the dry Murray Darling drainage region. Then begins his journey as he tries to get back home.

There are games to play, competitions to enter and you can even adopt one of the animals.

Location

Darling Harbour.p>

Cost

Sydney Aquarium entry is $28.50 for adults, $14.50 for children and $68 for a family. It is open every day from 9am to 10pm.

Virgin Blue has flights to Sydney.

  • Brisbane $99*
  • Melbourne $109*
  • Adelaide $125*
  • Perth and Darwin $235*

*One-way fare

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at February 7, 2008 and are subject to change.

Prices correct at February 7, 2008

For more information

Sydney Aquarium
Aquarium Pier
Darling Harbour
Australia 2000
Ph: (02) 8251 7800 or Fax: (02) 9262 2385
Website: www.sydneyaquarium.com.au

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 6789
Website: www.virginblue.com.au

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