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Sydney Aquarium

Discover Australia’s diverse marine environments, from the Great Barrier Reef to the wild Southern Ocean, right in the heart of Sydney.

Situated in Cockle Bay, just across the water from Darling Harbour, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Architecturally designed to resemble an ocean wave, the aquarium is home to more than 13,000 animals and 700 different species, and is divided into 14 themed zones.

The star of the aquarium is the Shark Walk and Shark Valley, which houses Australia’s largest collection of shark and ray species. Walk through glass tunnels as sharks glide slowly above you, sometimes only inches away!

Check out the tropical Bay of Rays and the interactive Discovery Rockpool. A favorite with kids and families, the Rockpool lets you actually dip in and handle the urchins, starfish and sea cucumbers. Staff rotate the animals during the day to ensure these fascinating creatures don’t suffer from “petting fatigue.”

If you don’t have time to visit Australia’s most famous coral wonderland, don’t fret. The aquarium’s Great Barrier Reef exhibit captures all the color and beauty of the world heritage listed reef. Watch clown fish, lion fish, sawfish and reef sharks swimming harmoniously through the coral outcrops in this 530 000-gallon (2-million liter) aquarium.

The South Coast Shipwreck is another exhibit popular with families. Designed to look like a sunken ship, this display is home to animals that typically live in cooler southern waters. See kooky pineapple fish, green eels, octopuses and weedy sea dragons. Be sure to stop by Dugong Island, where the resident dugong orphans Pig and Wuru are crowd-pleasers.

The aquarium has two cafés, a snack bar and three gift shops offering souvenirs from the cute to the educational.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is open daily, including major holidays. It’s easily accessible by train, bus or light rail, and nearby parking lots offer discounts to aquarium patrons. Darling Harbour is within walking distance from downtown.

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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney $151
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art and Circular Quay. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Observatory are also within 10 minutes. Wynyard Station is 6 minutes by foot and Sydney Circular Quay Station is 7 minutes.

    Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour $117
    Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

    Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

    100 Murray Street, Sydney, NSW
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of International Convention Centre Sydney and Australian National Maritime Museum. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Town Hall are also within 15 minutes. Convention Light Rail Station is only a 2-minute walk and Pyrmont Bay Light Rail Station is 4 minutes.

      Meriton Suites Sussex Street $91
      Meriton Suites Sussex Street

      Meriton Suites Sussex Street

      234 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall and Queen Victoria Building. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Tower are also within 10 minutes. Town Hall Station is only a 4-minute walk and Convention Light Rail Station is 9 minutes.

        Hyatt Regency Sydney $117
        Hyatt Regency Sydney

        Hyatt Regency Sydney

        161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Wild Life Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Tower and Sydney Town Hall are also within 10 minutes. Wynyard Station is 8 minutes by foot and Town Hall Station is 9 minutes.

          Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments Darling Harbour $82
          Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments Darling Harbour

          Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments Darling Harbour

          243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Darling Harbour, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Harbourside and Australian National Maritime Museum. Chinese Garden of Friendship and International Convention Centre Sydney are also within 15 minutes. Exhibition Light Rail Station and Exhibition Centre Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney $117
            Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

            Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

            11 Jamison Street, Sydney, NSW
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Hyde Park and Central Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). Wynyard Station is only a 3-minute walk and Martin Place Station is 10 minutes.

              Swissotel Sydney $125
              Swissotel Sydney

              Swissotel Sydney

              68 Market Street, Sydney, NSW
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the business district, steps from Westfield Shopping Centre, Sydney Tower, and Queen Victoria Building. Strand Arcade and The Galeries are also within 5 minutes. Town Hall Station is only a 4-minute walk and St. James Station is 5 minutes.

                PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney $133
                PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney

                PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney

                150 Day St, Sydney, NSW
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall, International Convention Centre Sydney, and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Tower and Hyde Park are also within 10 minutes. Town Hall Station is 5 minutes by foot and Convention Light Rail Station is 9 minutes.