I didn’t want to spend another day sitting around the house today. I didn’t care if it was raining I just needed to get out! Do you ever have days like that? I was over cleaning up the house and trying to get things done, so I went online and looked for something fun to do. I thought it would be nice to go for a drive to Mount Dandenong but we really need a sunny day to appreciate the views from the top of the Dandenong Ranges. So I kept scrolling through lots of ideas, parks…nah, river cruise…no, an aquarium…hmmm…
The last time I visited the aquarium in Melbourne’s city centre my girls were babies. I remember a few ponds, some tanks, nothing to rave about. In fact I remember feeling disappointed, there simply wasn’t much to look at. Surely things would have changed?! My curiosity got the better of me, I guess we could find out. The ticket information on the Melbourne Aquarium website gave us all kinds of options, from annual passes to shark dives. As much as it all sounded great, all I wanted was a one day pass for Mitch and I. I quickly discovered that if I purchased our tickets online we would save $8.30 each. I purchased our tickets for the discounted rate of $33.20 each, and hoped it would be worth it.
Situated on the corner of Flinders Street and King Street, the Melbourne aquarium sits next to the Yarra River, opposite the Crown Entertainment Complex. We didn’t get their until 11am, but we had nothing to worry about, the kind staff told us the Aquarium is open until 6pm each day. We had plenty of time to see everything.
From the moment we stepped into the complex, we were simply amazed. Things had certainly changed from the last time we visited. The rock pool held baby stingrays that flitted across the top of the water. I was more than happy to stand by the water’s edge and watch them swim around. Further into the aquarium, we walked up to a large tank of cuttlefish, they were huge! I have to say, they are the most bizarre creatures I have ever seen. Moving on I said hello to Nemo and Dory’s relatives and lots of other cute fish at the Coral Caves. The rain forest area was beautiful. We stopped there and enjoyed a coffee at the cafeteria.
The large shark tank was spectacular. A large glass tunnel leads into a great big round room, where I could have easily sat and spent the entire afternoon just watching them swim around me. It was spectacular! I thought the crocodile in the large enclosure was fake, but later found out it was in fact very real 🙂 The penguins were also so cute! Mitchell and I even sat down and watched the short 4D Ice Age movie. I think it was for the kids, but after seeing how many adults went in, we decided join them. It was so funny! 🙂
Mitchell and I had such a great time. I have made a quick video of some of our highlights, and while it is not the best quality, it is enough for you to see how much fun we had. When it is wet and miserable outside, or even if you are just looking for something interesting to do, go visit your local aquarium. If you live or are visiting Melbourne, make sure you add the Sea Life Aquarium to your list of things to do. After visiting the complex, you could do what Mitchell and I did and stroll over the foot bridge to the Crown Casino Complex. Place a few dollars on a table or walk along the esplanade and enjoy a meal or a glass of bubbly at one of the many restaurants and cafes.
Sometimes it is nice to stay home and unwind, but I am so glad we got out of the house today and did something a little different. Check out our video above and leave a comment.
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P.S: We found out later, if you are an RACV member, you can also get a discount off tickets.