SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Grand Relaunch! 02:43 PM on Wed 26 Sep 2012

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Grand Relaunch!

You have probably heard of the Sydney Aquarium, especially if you are visiting from Europe, you know that Australia as a country is the host of some of the most ferocious shark species in the world. Well, now you can pay these Aussie sharkies a little visit in Sydney!

It took AU$10 million, 9 months and 1.5 million litres of water for the Sydney Aquarium's extravagant face lift. It is the biggest refurbishment the venue has undergone in its 24-year history.

The oceanarium, re-named SE LIFE Sydney Aquarium, is one of the world’s largest aquariums – with over 70 exhibits of 700 different species and 13,000 animals in an impressive 8 million litres of water. And it now houses the world's largest variety of sharks and rays including the Grey Nurse and Lemon sharks, along with the iconic Platypus, Little Penguins, Dugongs and Japanese spider crabs.

Prepare yourself to march through Mangrove Swamps, explore the hidden wonders within a South Coast Shipwreck and marvel at the wondrous inhabitants of the idyllic Dugong Island. With 14 newly themed exhibits, including the $5 million Shark Valley - a 100m ocean tunnel glass walkthrough and Shark Walk, a walkway partially submerged in water which allows you to stroll over sharks, a giant blue whale skeleton and the reproduced ruins of a Lost City temple, Sea Life Sydney won’t disappoint you!

One of my favorites is the upside down jellyfish which are a rather unique jelly. Unlike other Jellies, that float and swim around wherever the currents take them, these jellies have decided to check out life from another angle. They have tipped themselves upside down (hence the name) and settle their tentacles up, resting their bells on the ground. They are found in calm shallow water, such as lagoons and estuary areas in tropical waters, usually in extremely large numbers, they carpet the bottom of lagoons with hundreds of little pulsing bodies. The upside down jellyfish will not give a painful sting, but they do still have stinging cells on their tentacles, so brushing up against these can leave an itchy rash. Go check them out at the Sydney Aquarium without risking anything!

The new SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium boasts a range of unique Australian habitats that will take you on a journey through our country's distinct freshwater and marine environments.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is open from 9am-8pm daily, last entry at 7pm. It is still located in Darling Harbour, in the heart of Sydney, and only a 5 minute walk from Base Sydney. Get in touch with our travel desk to get the cheapest rate in town.

I hope you will enjoy the visit as much as I did!

Tags: Sea Life Sydney Aquarium , Sharks

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