Written by guest blogger, Gastrology.
Since opening to the public back in 2000, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium (then known as Melbourne Aquarium) has become one of the top attractions in Melbourne. We were taken on an awe-inspiring journey through 12 amazing zones of discovery at the newly revamped SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium which is conveniently located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.
Home to thousands of aquatic animals, including one of the world’s largest Saltwater Crocodiles and the world’s largest collection of seahorses and seadragons, visitors are given the opportunity to discover an interactive adventure from the depths of the ocean to the icy waters of Antarctica.
At the Croc Lair, we met Pinjarra, one of the biggest Saltwater Crocodiles in the world!
Home to the world’s only display of Elephant Sharks, we encountered some of these graceful marine creatures that ordinarily reside well out of eye-sight, 200 metres below sea level. The crawl-through heads up display provides the perfect opportunity for kids to peek into the fascinating underwater world of Port Phillip Bay.
We got our hands wet and discovered the world that lies below the waves at the interactive Rockpools, where visitors get the opportunity to touch beautiful sea stars, different types of sea urchins, and shark eggs.
The Shipwreck Explorer is a journey below the decks of an abandoned sunken shipwreck. There we saw some of the ocean’s most venomous animals and caught a glimpse of the shy Moray eels hiding amongst the wreckage.
The MermaidGarden is an underwater paradise. We paused to soak up the breathtaking panoramic view of the 2.2 million litre Oceanarium as huge stingrays, massive sharks and thousands of multi-coloured marine animals swum by.
We were transported to the lush, humid and balmy temperatures of the tropical north where we wondered at some of the truly unique animals not found anywhere else in the world including bizarre bugs, Lungfish, freshwater turtles and frogs.
We experienced a rainbow of stunning colours and weird and wonderful creatures in Seahorse Pier’s mystically-themed underwater wonderland. The exhibit is also home to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s internationally-recognised Weedy Seadragon breeding program and dedicated seahorse breeding facility.
At the Penguin Playground, we marvelled as the majestic King and cheeky Gentoo penguins slipped and slid across the snow-covered ice.
With interactive animal encounters, iconic state-of-the-art displays, animal feeds and regular diver presentations, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is an excellent, educational and engaging experience to be had.
Gastrology is a Melbourne-based blog about food and other deliciously related things. They travel around Melbourne and sometimes beyond, enjoying food and wine along the way and reporting back to their readers.