Something’s fishy at the Melbourne Aquarium…

Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Activities | 1 comment

Something’s fishy at the Melbourne Aquarium…

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…well that would be the fish silly. Bean and I headed to the Melbourne Aquarium on Saturday using a scoopon we had purchased a few months ago.

This was a part of my “let’s explore North Bank” expedition. More details on that in future blogs.

We arrived, didn’t have to queue and headed straight in to see the penguins. These are just too cute (as the thousands of photos I took will attest) but it does seem to be a small space for so many of them. The numerous signs around say they are happy and it’s more than enough space for them to play. We watched the splash, swim, play on the ice and do sweet little spazzy dances (perhaps I am part penguin?) so have decided perhaps the experts know better than I how much is enough space.


From here we roamed past a number of small tanks all showing a variety of cute fish, seahorses and creepy sea bound creatures. It was all kind of interesting. Adults and children…even the disinterested teen fell into a pool of fascination (some of the creatures are stunningly beautiful) or shudders (some are mega creepy).



The speed of the patrons moved well never feeling like you had to wait to see something and it’s easy to choose your own pace. It also was surprisingly non child annoying – as in the kids were cute not in my way as they sometimes can feel at family friendly locations.


We headed down past a “touch station” where if you had the chops you could touch, feel or hold a number of different items from the deep. I wimped out here but a nice stranger let me take a quick photo.


Downstairs there is a giant coral atoll with two sweet Rays and a Mr Grumpy Ray. I think that it’s part of the magic of the aquarium, your imagination can make of it what it will.


At the very bottom you enter the oceanarium, and if your imagination wasn’t sparked already it would be now. This is a giant round room connected by two tunnels surrounded by fish, rays and sharks.


We spent ages here and I could happily spend ages again just watching the world as though I was under the sea – a little like stepping into the opening scene of the little mermaid – without the music.

And if you are feeling very brave you can go diving in here with the sharks. I think it would be fun one day to be that brave.



We wrapped up our day attending one of the last talks about predators of the deep, waived goodbye to the divers and hit the gift shop.

I think this a perfect winter outing for young and old (not to sound cliché) and until the 20th of May they have Adults at kids prices with a voucher on their site.


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One Comment

  1. Hi, just want to say thanks for being the first ever visitor to my blog (that I know of)and letting me know you liked my post :) And I am thrilled to discover yours as I lived in Melbs for three and a half years and still have pangs of separation since I left!


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