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Terms and Conditions of entry and ticket purchase for SEA LIFE Melbourne

Terms and Conditions of entry and ticket purchase for SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. Please read carefully before completing your purchase.

PLEASE NOTE: All prices shown on this website are in Australian Dollars (AUD).


General Terms and Conditions

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium (the “Attraction”), part of the Merlin Entertainments Group, is owned and operated by Melbourne Underwater World Pty Ltd As Trustee For Melbourne Underwater World Trust ("Merlin", "we", "us"). We place great importance on the safety of our visitors and endeavour to ensure that the high standards set by the company, are complied with by all those in the Attraction. We are only prepared to allow entry to the Attraction to those visitors who are willing to comply with the Attraction Regulations set out below.

We are sure that you will wish to assist us in ensuring the Attraction and facilities therein remain a safe place in which to enjoy a fun-filled experience. To assist in ensuring your safety, CCTV is in operation within the Attraction.

1. All persons entering SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium are admitted subject to the following Attraction Regulations. Any person who does not comply with these Regulations may be removed from the Attraction by either SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Security Personnel/Staff or Police Officers. This without prejudice to any claim that the Attraction may have against such a person or persons arising out of their actions. Whilst inside the Attraction, all visitors must comply with any instructions given to them by Security, Attraction Personnel or Police Officers.

2. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, to refuse admission to the Attraction, ban from entry to the Attraction or remove from the Attraction any person who:-

2.1 has been convicted of a criminal offence, which, in the opinion of SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, is likely to affect the enjoyment of other visitors;

2.2 has behaved in the Attraction in a manner, which, in the opinion of SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, has, or is likely to affect the enjoyment of other visitors; or

2.3 uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or in any way provokes or behaves in a manner, which may provoke a breach of the peace.

2.4 Does not follow the written or verbal safety instructions or behaves in a manner which may endanger the safety of the individual or other visitors in the Attraction.

3. All persons entering the Attraction must pay for admission or hold a valid admission ticket that must be retained at all times and submitted for inspection if required by Staff. Any person attempting to gain admission to the Attraction or being found inside the Attraction without a valid admission ticket may be ejected from the Attraction.

4. No child or children aged 15 or under will be admitted to the Attraction unless they are accompanied by an adult who shall be 18 years or over and such child or children whilst on site must remain under the control or supervision of an adult at all times.

5. No dogs except guide dogs or other pets of any kind shall be allowed in the Attraction.

6. To prevent offensive weapons or dangerous articles from being taken into the Attraction, visitors are admitted to the Attraction subject to a condition that, if requested to do so, they will allow themselves to be searched. It is prohibited to bring into the Attraction any weapons, fireworks, smoke bombs, glass bottles or other articles, which may cause injury. The throwing of any article, which could cause injury or annoyance is strictly prohibited.

7. The consumption of intoxicating liquors is not permitted anywhere in the Attraction. Accordingly, intoxicating liquor must not be taken into the Attraction and any persons found possessing alcohol, or who appear to be under the influence of alcohol will be refused admission or escorted from the Attraction.

8. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium will endeavour to ensure that as many exhibits as possible are on display. We may, however, without prior notice and without refund or compensation, change the operating hours of the Attraction, close the Attraction or any part of it temporarily, restrict the number of persons having access to the Attraction, and/or close any part of the Attraction or interactive programme for operational reasons.

9. Unnecessary noise (such as that from the use of radio sets and other electrical equipment), or any behaviour likely to cause annoyance/disturbance to other visitors and/or animals or confusion of any kind is not permitted in any part of the Attraction.

10. The climbing of or standing upon railings, barriers or structures is strictly prohibited.

11. Only SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium staff or appointed contractors (such as Magic Memories photography) are permitted to sell or offer for sale any items to visitors within the Attraction, including but not limited to tickets, gift shop items and food and beverages.

12. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium accepts no responsibility for any loss and/or damage however arising (including that which might arise as a result of any breach of contract) including any distress, inconvenience or anxiety caused to guests whilst in the Attraction.

13. From time to time SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium or other authorised parties carry out photography and/or video recording in the Attraction, which may feature visitors. By accepting these Regulations, you agree that Melbourne Aquarium or any authorised party may use such images in perpetuity in any promotional, advertising or publicity material in any format whatsoever. You further agree that copyright in these materials rests with Melbourne Aquarium or such authorised party (as the case may be).

14. Smoking is strictly prohibited anywhere in SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

15. The wearing of clothing, which in the opinion of SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, is offensive to other visitors is not permitted. Footwear and shirts must be worn at all times.

16. For all payments made via this website, Melbourne Underwater World Pty Ltd will be the responsible contractual party. This responsibility includes: refunds, chargebacks, cancellations and dispute resolution. In the event that a dispute is raised, we will offer the first line of support and will refund the Buyer if deemed appropriate.

17. COVID-19

17.1 Safety Measures: In response to the  Covid-19 pandemic, we have introduced specific safety measures at each of our Attractions in an effort to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of persons visiting our Attractions.

17.2 Visitor Requirements: The safety measures put in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic are there to safeguard the safety and wellbeing of all guests visiting our Attraction. It is in the interest of everyone at our Attraction to comply with the safety measures that have been put in place. Therefore, should an individual not comply with these safety measures, we reserve the right to require that individual to leave the Attraction in accordance with these terms and conditions.

17.3 Acceptance of risk: The safety measures that are being and have been introduced are intended to minimise the risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus but this risk cannot be completely eradicated. Therefore, anyone visiting our Attractions acknowledges that they do so at their own risk.

These Regulations are for the benefit of all our visitors and will be strictly enforced.

18.Our liability to you

Claims Notification Enquiries

The UK Employers Liability Insurance Policy and the Global Public Liability Insurance Policy are both held with Chubb European Group Limited under Policy Number UKCANC33447. 

Claims are administered by Sedgwick and should be submitted via the claims portal.  The portal ID is D00029. 

If you do not have access to the claims portal, claims should be submitted to


Ticket Purchase Terms and Conditions

All tickets purchased online require the Visitor to produce evidence of purchase upon arrival at the attraction. Ticket/s will be emailed to the email address nominated by the Visitor at time of purchase upon successful completion of the transaction. Foreign exchange fees may be applied to some transactions at the discretion of the guest's bank or card issuer. Domestic guests with queries regarding foreign exchange fees can contact the attraction using the contact details provided on the website.

Refund Policy: Admission tickets are non-transferable, non-exchangeable, non-refundable and void if altered. They are not valid for special events that require a separate admission charge. All persons entering the Attraction must have a valid entrance ticket which must be retained during your visit. As the tickets are non-transferable, accordingly they may not be sold or passed to any third party.

The visitor attraction known as SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium and situated on the corner of Flinders Street and King Street, Melbourne ("the "Attraction") is owned by Melbourne Underwater World As Trustee For Melbourne Underwater World Trust. All ticket holders to the Attraction are subject to the following Terms and Conditions and by acquiring one or more tickets to The Attraction ("Ticket" or "Tickets") you confirm to Merlin that you accept these terms and conditions of use. Ticket holders are referred to in these Terms and Conditions as "Visitors".

1. Tickets 1.1 One Ticket purchased entitles one person entry to the Attraction on a single occasion. Once Visitors have left the Attraction, they will need to purchase an additional Ticket to re-enter the Attraction.

1.2 All persons entering the Attraction must hold a valid Ticket that must be retained at all times and submitted for inspection if required by any member of staff. Failure to produce a valid Ticket on request may result in removal from the Attraction.

1.3 Group Tickets for parties of 10 or more may be available at discounted rates ("Group Tickets"). Please see the Groups section of the Attraction website for details.

1.4 Where Ticket prices vary according to age, the following provisions apply:

1.4.1 A person of 16 years or older is classed as an adult;

1.4.2 A person aged 2 to 15 years is classed as a child; and

1.4.3 For children aged 1 years and under, no admission fee will be charged.

1.5 Concession Tickets apply to the following groups:

1.5.1 Students, upon production of a valid VIC Student Concession Card;

1.5.2 VIC Seniors upon presentation of ID to verify their age as over 65; and

1.5.3 Carers Card holders, upon presentation of a valid Carers Card.

1.6 Disabled rates are available to eligible parties. Note: One Companion Card Holder can enter free of charge with each person with a disability.

1.7 The price of Tickets may vary from time to time and the prices advertised are not guaranteed.

1.8 Once acquired, whether by purchase or on a complimentary basis, Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and void if altered and Tickets that Merlin reasonably suspects have been transferred or altered will not be honoured. If lost, Tickets will not be replaced.

1.9 Tickets will include entry to most, but not all, areas of the Attraction. Subject to availability and at Merlin's discretion, Visitors may be able to purchase additional tickets to obtain access to all areas of the Attraction.

1.10 From time to time, Merlin may issue Tickets under special promotions ("Promotional Tickets") but Promotional Tickets will be available subject to availability and subject to any terms and conditions affecting the particular promotion.

1.11 Melbourne Big Tickets are valid for 90 days from first attraction visit. The Melbourne Big Ticket includes single entry to SEA LIFE Melbourne, and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne.

1.12 Melbourne Big Ticket key chain promotion: Recipients of the Melbourne Big Ticket keychain promotion must bring in their Melbourne Big Ticket Key Chain leaflet into SEA LIFE Melbourne or LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne. A free LEGO key chain will be awarded with the purchase of a full price Melbourne Big Ticket, at the first attraction visited within the validity dates as stated on the printed voucher. Particular key chain designs cannot be guaranteed. While stocks last.

1.13 Flexible tickets are only valid for 12 months from purchase.

2. Pre-booked Tickets

2.1 Pre-booked Tickets purchased via the website (including Priority Access Tickets (as defined below)) should be produced by the Visitor on arrival for inspection and will be scanned to check validity.

2.2 Pre booked Tickets may not be used in conjunction with any voucher, promotion or special offer.

3. Priority Access Tickets

3.1 Where available, Visitors will be able to purchase Tickets entitling them to gain entry to the Attraction in priority to holders of standard Tickets ("Priority Access Tickets"). This does not ensure guaranteed entry and queuing may be needed in line with the capacity of the attraction.

3.2 Priority Access Tickets will entitle the Visitor to gain priority access during a specified time slot ("the Allocated Entry Time") as described at time of purchase.

3.3 Visitors who miss the Allocated Entry Time are not guaranteed to receive priority access and will need to approach the ticket desk for assistance

3.4 Once purchased, Priority Access Tickets may not be transferred, assigned or re-sold to any third party.

4. Time Specific Tickets

4.1 Time Specific Tickets entitle the Visitor to access within the timeslot specified when booking (e.g. after 5pm) if applicable.

4.2 Visitors who miss the Allocated Entry Time are not guaranteed entry and will need to approach the ticket desk for assistance.

This contract and all matters arising out of it are governed by the laws of Victoria, Australia.


Retail Terms and Conditions

Our Return Policy

We will happily provide an exchange due to change of mind providing ALL the following conditions are met:

1. The items with the original receipt are returned within 30 days of purchase.

2. The item has not been used and is in its original condition as purchased, including all packaging with original tags and labels attached.

3. A refund is required under Australian Consumer Law due to one of the following:

· the item was faulty when purchased and requires repair or replacement

· the item does not match the description provided

· the item does not do what it was advertised to do

4. Item purchased on sale cannot be refunded


Returns – Additional Information

Provided the conditions in our return policy have been met, a refund will be processed using the original form of payment.

Please note that delivery costs will be excluded from the refund amount unless goods are returned in accordance with your statutory rights (e.g., they are faulty or not as ordered).

Please note that unless expressly agreed otherwise in accordance with the Australian Consumer Law, you are responsible for the costs of returning the items to us.

All returns or exchanges remain the responsibility of the purchaser until received by SEA Life Melbourne.

How to return purchases made in-store

Purchases made in store need to be returned in person at the Sealife Melbourne Retail Store. The items must meet the conditions listed above.

Exchanges are subject to stock availability.


Our products do not come with warranty unless specified by the supplier in which case warranty will be with the product upon purchasing. If warranty is not found with product there is no warranty.

Social Media Rights



Who we are and how to contact us

Melbourne Underwater World Pty Ltd (a Merlin Entertainments Group Company) operating under the name Melbourne SEA LIFE Aquarium is registered in Australia under the company number 070 549 236.

What these terms cover

These are the terms and conditions on which you licence to Melbourne SEA LIFE Aquarium, its subsidiaries, affiliates, licensees, its subcontractors, consultants and agents including without limitation Merlin Entertainments Limited (company number 08700412) (referred to as "SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium" "we" or "us") the use of all images and materials (including photographs, audio and video material) (Content), which is owned or licensed by you in whatever medium or form.

Term of this licence

This licence shall commence on the date that you indicate your acceptance of these Terms by placing a hash tag on the relevant social media platforms and/or emailing across content to the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, agreeing SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s use of the Content. 

Grant of licence

In consideration of SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium displaying your Content on a website connected with SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium or a website promoting ‘SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’, you hereby unconditionally and irrevocably grant to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, a perpetual, non-exclusive, fully-transferable, royalty-free, worldwide, sub-licensable licence to use, copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, edit, display and make derivative works of the Content on any media now known, or hereafter developed, in formats and contexts for any purpose including but not limited to the promotion of the service or related business activities and the right to make commercial use of the Content and excerpts of the Content in advertisements for, and in marketing and promotional materials related to, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium (the "Licensed Rights").


You hereby waive any and all moral rights or similar rights that you may have in the Content and understand that SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium shall be under no obligation to credit you or publicly acknowledge your rights in the Content.

Your rights in the Content

You retain all rights in the Content and nothing in these Terms shall be taken to grant any rights to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium in relation to ownership of the Content.

You understand that in providing us with the Licensed Rights, S SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium shall have absolute discretion in whether it uses the Content and shall not be obliged to use, distribute, display or make derivative works of the Content.


Each party warrants to the other that it has full power and authority to enter into these Terms.

You warrant to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium that you:

  • Own or control all the rights necessary to grant SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium the Licensed Rights referred to above;
  • the Content does not infringe the rights of any third party (including without limitation copyright, moral rights, privacy rights and publicity rights);
  • and you have obtained all relevant consents, releases and waivers to permit the public distribution of the Content;
  • the Content does not infringe any third party's intellectual property rights, other proprietary rights or rights of publicity or privacy;
  • the Content does not contain any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, cancel bots or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information.

Limitation of remedies and liability

Nothing in these Terms shall operate to exclude or limit either party's liability for:

  • death or personal injury caused by its negligence; or
  • any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

Transfer of rights to someone else

You may only transfer your rights or your obligations under these Terms to another person if we agree to this in writing. However, we may transfer our rights and obligations under these Terms to another organisation.


Any notice or other communication given to a party under or in connection with these Terms shall be in writing and shall be by pre-paid first-class post or other next working day delivery service at its registered office (if a company); or sent by email to the address specified in above (in relation to us) or the email address used on the social media website for which we obtained your Content.

Entire agreement

These Terms constitute the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes and extinguishes all previous agreements, licences, promises, assurances, warranties, representations and understandings between them, whether written or oral, relating to its subject matter.

Nobody else has any rights under this contract

No one other than the parties, their successors and permitted assignees, shall have any right to enforce any of its terms.

Variation to these Terms

No variation of these Terms shall be effective unless it is in writing and signed by the parties (or their authorised representatives).

Which country's laws apply to any disputes?

These Terms and any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with its subject matter or formation are governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Australia. The parties irrevocably agree that the courts of Australia have non-exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) that arises out of or in connection with these Terms or its subject matter or .


Subject to the below, you have the right to revoke your consent to the use of your Content. If you wish to revoke consent, please contact the email address in the Contact and Complaints clause below.

You acknowledge that whilst you can revoke your consent and prevent the use of your Content in future projects, it may not be possible for your Content to be completely removed from some materials, including but not limited to, physical marketing materials already in circulation.

Contact and Complaints

The primary point of contact for all issues arising from this Policy, including requests to exercise data subject rights, is Merlin’s Data Protection Officer. The Data Protection Officer can be contacted in the following way:

To exercise your data subject rights, please complete the request form available here.


For additional information, please see our Privacy Policy here.