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Melbourne Aquarium

Catch a rare view of Southern Ocean and Antarctic marine life at one of Australia’s premier aquariums.

Melbourne Aquarium is unique in that its primary focus is on marine life from the waters that surround Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. This does not, however, mean there is a limited variety of creatures to see; the aquarium has a rich array of animals from both above and below the waterline.

The aquarium is divided into four main areas, which makes navigation a breeze. The first stop is Antarctica. Check out the king and gentoo penguins and marvel at the Antarctic fish that can survive in below-freezing waters. Time your visit to catch one of the daily feeding sessions, or visit the underwater viewing area for a fish-eye perspective of seabirds in action.

Next door at Seahorse Pier, dive into the world’s largest collection of seahorse and sea dragon species. These colorful and curious creatures blend in amongst the underwater plants, so you’ll have to look carefully to spot them. Then drop into the Coral Atoll section, the home of marine life from the warmer waters of the tropics.

A centerpiece of the aquarium is the 580,000-gallon (2.2-million liter) Oceanarium that holds sharks, rays and turtles. Enjoy the views from the observation deck or test your nerves with a shark dive for an additional cost. The aquarium is home to grey nurse sharks and the extensive breeding program is helping to improve the shark’s numbers in the Southern Hemisphere.

The aquarium also offers a range of experience packages. The Ocean Rangers program is a great one for kids, with all-day activities and a chance to meet some of the aquarists.

Melbourne Aquarium is located in central Melbourne, on the north bank of the Yarra River. The free City Circle tram stops at the aquarium, which is a short walk from downtown and Flinders Street Station, the city’s main train terminal. The aquarium is open every day of the year, including public holidays, and there is a fee for entry.


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$74
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands

Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands

66 Aurora Lane, Docklands
4.1
of 5, from 1,136 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Etihad Stadium and Melbourne Aquarium. Bourke Street Mall and Eureka Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$78
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

300 Spencer Street, Melbourne
3.9
of 5, from 1,540 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens and Etihad Stadium. Melbourne Aquarium and Melbourne Central are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$181
Pan Pacific Melbourne

Pan Pacific Melbourne

2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
4.5
of 5, from 822 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Etihad Stadium. Melbourne Aquarium and Eureka Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$105
Oaks On Market

Oaks On Market

60 Market Street, Melbourne
4.1
of 5, from 615 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Rialto Towers and Melbourne Aquarium. Bourke Street Mall and Eureka Tower are also within 15 minutes.

$59
Great Southern Hotel Melbourne

Great Southern Hotel Melbourne

44 Spencer Street, Melbourne
3.3
of 5, from 801 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rialto Towers and Melbourne Aquarium. Etihad Stadium and Eureka Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$110
Oaks on Collins

Oaks on Collins

480 Collins Street, Melbourne
3.5
of 5, from 438 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Rialto Towers and Melbourne Aquarium. Bourke Street Mall and Etihad Stadium are also within 15 minutes.

$108
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank

Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank

Cnr Southgate Ave / Riverside Quay, Southbank
4.1
of 5, from 1,152 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Set within the Southbank shopping/business complex and 200 meters (656 feet) from Yarra River, this modern-style hotel is just across Princes Bridge from the city center and within walking distance of Eureka Skydeck 88. The Victorian Arts Centre, Crown Casino, and Melbourne Cricket Ground are nearby.

$96
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

328 Flinders Street, Melbourne
3.9
of 5, from 871 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the very heart of the city, the hotel is walking distance to world class shopping, famous theatres, major sporting venues, vibrant entertainment, exceptional restaurants, Crown Casino, and the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.