Melbourne Aquarium is on the bank of the Yarra River, close to the city centre and the cafes and restaurants of Southbank. It has three levels. The Oceanarium is on the lower level, under river level. It runs a grey nurse shark breeding program.
Glass-bottom boats take small groups on trips over the 2.2 million litre Oceanarium where visitors get an up-close and a behind-the-scenes view of sharks, stingrays and turtles.
During the tour, an education staff member guides visitors through the aquarium's water-quality station, which is important in maintaining clean, healthy water. The tour explores the food preparation area, diving areas and animal quarantine. You have the chance to talk to divers and marine biologists, and a scuba diver may even pop up for a chat.
The Antarctica exhibit is scheduled to open towards the end of the year. It is an Australian first, featuring majestic King and Gentoo penguins. It's taken five years to perfect and visitors will see the penguins slipping and sliding across snow-covered ice and diving into their very own pool. Keepers and guides invite visitors to attend daily penguin feeding times.
Interactive displays and wonderful visuals will provide entertainment and education about the coldest, windiest and driest continent on the planet.
Melbourne Aquarium in the centre of Melbourne on the Yarra River.
Melbourne Aquarium entry is $26.50 for adults and $16 for children between three to 15 years of age. A family rate for two adults and up to three children is $75. One adult and up to three children is $44. Additional children pay $11.50.
Melbourne Aquarium glass-bottom boat 45-minute tours are $13.50 for adults and $7.50 for children. Life jackets are provided. They can be booked prior to arrival.
The aquarium is open between 9.30am and 6pm every day. Last admissions are one hour before closing time, but you really should allow up to two-and-a-half hours to enjoy the journey.
Prices correct at October 2, 2008.
For further information
Corner of Flinders and King streets
Ph: (03) 9620 0999
Ph: (03) 9923 5925 (information desk)
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