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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

Beneath the Tide

Explore the rocky world between the tides

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Beneath the Tide

1st September - 31st October

Have you ever gazed into a rock pool and wondered what lives inside? This Spring discover and meet the creatures of the inter-tidal zone with SEA LIFE Sydney's newly renovated rock pool.

Available now for discovery, the exciting new rocky formation is entirely inspired by Sydney’s rock pool scene with local starfish, sea urchins, hermit crabs and more incredible introverted organisms.

You can also amplify your dive into the world of rock pools by accessing the aquarium’s new interactive digital game! Simply scan a QR code and challenge each other with rock pool-inspired quizzes, watch behind the scenes videos and learn from exclusive educational activities. PLUS, there’s activities for mums and dads to download and keep the kids entertained and occupied at home!

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SEA LIFE Sydney is open 10 am - 4 pm (last entry 3pm) Thurs-Mon outside of school holidays.

SEA LIFE Sydney is a COVID Safe attraction

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Due to capacity restrictions we have limited spaces available. You are required to book a date & time slot before your visit. 


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Adult from (Child $28.00)
  • Price includes a Digi Photo Pass giving you unlimited digital photos – valued at $26!
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Per Adult (Child $40)
  • Price includes a Digi Photo pass giving you Unlimited Digital Photos!
  • You are required to book a date & timeslot before your visit
  • Visit your other attraction within 30 days


Get your rockpool showbag these school holidays at our gift store or online. Grab one of these goodie bags filled with all your rockpooling faves including a beach towel and a reusable water bottle. Hurry they are available for a limited time only!

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Discover our new rock pool

Touch a sea star, feel a sea urchin or hold a Port Jackson shark egg in our newly renovated rock pool!

Explore our rock pool zone

Shop Rock Pool Gifts

To celebrate our rock pool activity this Spring we are offering you 10% off rock pool gifts and toys at our online store. Use the promo code ROCKPOOL to get your discount. Valid till the 31st October.

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Meet some rock pool favourites

Rock pool creatures are some of the most adaptable sea creatures on the planet!

Sydney Octopus


Meet A$AP Occi - she is our curious Common Sydney Octopus. Octopuses possess a formidable array of defence mechanisms, ranging from hiding in the first instance, to quick bursts of speed if spotted by a predator, use of ink sacs, camouflage and even self-amputation of their limbs, a process known as autonomy.

Sea Star

Sea Star

Sea stars also known as starfish commonly have 5 arms, but some can grow over 50! At the end of each of their arms they have an which means some sea stars can have 50 eyes! There are over 1500 different species of sea stars in the world’s oceans!

sea urchin

Slate Pencil Urchin

This species of sea urchin gets it name from its thick spines that look a bit like pencils. These sea urchins can be found all over Sydney in and around rock pools. The slate pencil urchin feeds at night on algae from rocks.

Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab

Hermit crabs live amongst the intertidal rock shores and beaches. Here in Sydney we are home to many different species. These crabs are different to most other species because their abdomen is soft and not covered by an exoskeleton. To protect their body, they find discarded shells to live inside.