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History of Sydney Aquarium

We are over 30 years young!

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is over 30 years old!

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium first opened it's doors back in 1988! For over 30 magnificent years, our iconic Sydney attraction has continued to innovate and expand, earning its reputation as one of the world’s leading aquariums.

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Following two years’ of construction, the aquarium opened in 1988 and was officially recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest aquarium in the world! From seals and sharks, to stingrays and schools of vibrantly coloured tropical fish, ‘Sydney Aquarium’ as it was known at the time, quickly became the place to be to discover the underwater world!


Now just over 30 years young, Sydney’s premier attraction is home to over 700 species of sea life across seven themed exhibits!  In 2008, Sea Life Sydney became home to two of only five dugongs in human care at the time. The rescue dugongs who have served as ambassadors, help educate the public and assist staff to better understand the species for future research and rescues. In 2016, the state's first colony of sub-Antarctic penguins hopped on in to their very own Macquarie Island-inspired exhibit, featuring the world’s first ride-through penguin experience, and quickly became the coolest new kids in town!

Kids Watch The Nurse Shark Swim By In Day And Night On The Reef Exhbiit

In 2018 SEA LIFE Sydney re-launched it's Great Barrier Reef Zone - Day and Night on the Reef. Guests are now able to journey through the iconic Great Barrier Reef all from the heart of Sydney. Set entirely on the reef as it transitions through night and day, life on the reef is recreated for guests to encounter & experience, across 24 hours of the day.

It is the largest Great Barrier Reef exhibit in the world!

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