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Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for Melbournians

  • Wednesday 26th September 2018

Christmas is fast approaching; it’s time to start thinking about gifts! So, if you’re looking for a Christmas present with a difference this year, you’ve come to the right place.

From shark diving to up close penguin encounters and aquarium annual passes, we’ve got some of Melbourne's most unique and fun Christmas gift ideas.

Let’s dive in…


The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Know someone who lives for the love of fun? They’ll go bananas for our Merlin Annual Pass with entry to 11 fun-filled attractions for a full year – now that’s exciting! If you know someone who would love to keep on coming back to not only our aquarium but Melbourne’s LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and 9 more attractions across Australia and New Zealand, the Merlin Annual Pass is perfect for them.

A Merlin Annual Pass holder also receives VIP discounts on experiences, SEA LIFE Nights tickets, food and beverage, gift shop purchases and express entry. There’s no doubt, the Merlin Annual Pass is the ultimate boredom-buster! Here’s a full list of attractions you’ll get access to.


Unique Experience Gifts

If the annual passes aren’t quite hitting the mark, a gift voucher for one of SEA LIFE Melbourne’s awesome and unique experiences is bound to!



Could it get any cuter than getting up close and personal with our cheeky Gentoo and regal King Penguins? Our Melbourne penguin encounter experience gives the owner a unique 45 minute experience where they get to go out on the ice with the penguins in our sub-Antarctic habitat. They will meet a highly experienced keeper who will take them behind the scenes and give them exclusive access to see how we look after the penguins and maintain the sub Antarctic habitat. Next, they’ll rug up in snow gear and head out onto the ice to watch them play, up close, in their own icy habitat.



For someone who loves a thrill, our most popular experience, Shark Dive Xtreme, is just the gift you’re looking for. There is no cage, your gift receiver will jump straight on into our shark filled tank! There’s no other place in the world where you are guaranteed to have an underwater encounter with three different species of sharks, huge stingrays and an array of fishy friends. No diving experience? No problem! Our experienced divers provide all the training required before diving into the water for your Melbourne shark dive.



The best way to see our 2.2 million litre oceanarium, while staying dry, and get up close to sharks, rays and fish is on our glass bottom boat. The journey begins with an exclusive tour of the back of house where they’ll see our Aquarists go about their day taking care of all of our beautiful marine creatures. They’ll even see the vet lab and the dive zone. Then for the highlight of the tour, the glass bottom boat! Watch all the creatures swim underneath you and see one of our keepers hand feed the giant rays that will surface just nearby the boat.


All our experiences include all day general admission to our aquarium so you can spend the rest of the day exploring our underwater world.

See our full range of SEA LIFE Melbourne gift vouchers available below.