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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

1-5 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour

Sydney 2000

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Open Thursday - Monday 10am - 4pm (Last entry 3pm)
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Aquarium Private Dining

Dine Under the Sea in Sydney's only underwater restaurant

COVID-19 Update

Private Dining dates are currently limited. Dates for September onwards will go on sale (14 days in advance) with new dates released every Wednesday at 11am.

Alternatively if you would like to exclusively hire the Aquarium for a dining experience of 10+ guests visit our Group Private Dining page here.

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Private Dining at SEA LIFE Sydney

Make your special celebration truly memorable.

What better way to celebrate with your loved one than a private dining experience at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium?

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is one of Sydney’s most spectacular event spaces. No other venue delivers such an exquisite underwater backdrop. 

The experience includes a self-guided tour, three course dinner, drinks & intimate dinner locations set up in the NEW Day and Night on the Reef zone. Dine in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef in with huge floor-to-ceiling window into the reef. This amazing Oceanarium will mesmerise you as hundreds of fish, turtles, sharks and sawfish cruise the reef before your eyes.

With six stunning locations to choose from, each with their own unique view of the reef exhibit, this is truly a memorable experience. 

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What's Included?

  • 45 Minute exclusive after hours aquarium tour
  • Selection of breads & olives for starters
  • Scrumptious main course (set menu)
  • Shared treats platter for dessert
  • 2 hour Premium beverage package; including Sparkling, white & red wine, house beers, soft drinks
  • Memorable dining experience in your chosen zone

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*Private Dining dates are available to book up to 14 days in advance. These available dates will be released every Wednesday at 11am.

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Heart of the Reef

Immerse yourself in the heart of the busy reef. Dining in our 360 glass tunnel, you will be mesmerised as hundreds of fish, sharks, turtles and turtles cruise the reef above and below you. $550.00 per couple ($275 per person).

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Turtle Beach

Dine under a wave frozen in time on Turtle Beach. This is the aquarium’s premier oceanarium vista and allows guests take in the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef as the sun sets around them. $550.00 per couple ($275 per person).

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Enter a swarm of jellies that drift on the edge of the Reef, illuminated in the dark night time seas. Dine among beautiful, multi-coloured displays home to our graceful and memorizing moon jellies illuminated by changing lights. $500.00 per couple ($250 per person).

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Rainbow Reef

Daylight on the reef brings a whole new spectrum of colour and creatures. Dining in front of three large windows you will experience the reef which is now thriving and growing under the bright sunlight. $500.00 per couple ($250 per person).

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Reef at Night

Dine in the reef at night, with your table set against a huge floor to ceiling window, you will be able to search the shadows for marine predators that active on the night-time reef. $450.00 per couple ($225 per person).

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Moonlight Beach

Dine next to moonlight beach, where you will be transported to a reef island under the moonlight. Splash through projections of bio-luminescent waves and marvel at the glowing corals and nocturnal creatures that call the reef home. $450.00 per couple ($225 per person).

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PLEASE NOTE: Available dates will only be listed up to 14 days in advance and will be updated every Wednesday at 11am. 



  • Dine along moonlight beach and experience the reef at night
  • After-hours tour & dining experience at the aquarium
  • 3 course dinner with premium drinks and cocktail on arrival



  • See the reef bursting with colour in our world of jellies
  • After-hours tour & dining experience at the aquarium
  • 3 course dinner with premium drinks and cocktail on arrival



  • Get up close to turtles, sharks and tropical fish
  • After-hours tour & dining experience at the aquarium
  • 3 course dinner with premium drinks and cocktail on arrival

Frequently Asked Questions

There are 6 dining locations available for you to select. Your chosen dining area will be visually private, allowing you to enjoy the reef alone with your special someone. However you may see other guests throughout the evening. Once you are seated we ask you to be respectful of other guests and remain within your booked location. 

Cancellation with a full refund will be permitted up to 5 working days prior to your experience date, if cancellation for a booking occurs less than 5 working days prior to the experience date the full payment will be retained.

As the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium will be closed to public arrival is strictly required between 6.15pm – 6.25pm, when your dinner host will open the main entrance to admit couples for this experience. At 6.25pm, the entrance doors will be closed.  In the circumstances guests are running late we are unable to extend the experience beyond the booked finish time.

We aim to cater to all dietary requests, please contact us with any requirements prior to confirmation of your booking. Unfortunately any requests made on the night may not be able to be accommodated.

Our packages include 1 x Shared entrée, 1 x main meal per person and 1 x shared dessert platter. This is a set menu - additional food items cannot be arranged for this experience.

This is an 18+ experience only.

Additional guests may be added at an additional cost on some evenings. To book more than 2 x guests, please contact the Merlin Events team directly.

Contact the Merlin Events team on (02) 9333 9245

Our number one priority is the wellbeing of our guests & our team. Merlin Entertainments is working closely with the Department of Health to ensure we remain aware of updates and best practice throughout the changing Covid-19 situation. On top of our usual high standards for cleanliness we will be implementing a number of additional measures to ensure the protection of you and our team, this includes additional hand sanitiser stations, signage throughout the venue to help you follow social distancing guidelines,  ample space given between guest seating for dinner, all staff to be temperature checked on arrival to their shift and to wear gloves throughout the evening, as well as a dedicated cleaning team to ensure the venue is cleaned to standard prior to your booking and that all high touch-point areas are cleaned regularly throughout the experience.