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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

Penguin Passport

Sydney's most unforgettable experience




  • Get up close to our cheeky Gentoo and King penguins
  • A truly unique 75 minute on the ice and behind the scenes experience (age 14+)
  • All day aquarium admission included

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Want to lock in a date and time right now? Skip the gift voucher and book your Penguin Passport below.


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A once in a lifetime Sydney experience!

Get closer to our penguin colony than you ever dreamed possible.

Our Penguin Passport Experience Includes:

  • On ice experience with the sub-Antarctic penguin colony
  • 75 minute behind-the-scenes experience at SEA LIFE Sydney Penguin exhibit
  • Intimate tour size, max. 4 people


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Go behind the scenes at SEA LIFE Sydney and step onto the ice where you can get up closer than you ever thought possible to our colony of sub-Antarctic penguins. 

With our Sydney penguin encounter, you will first have the opportunity to access staff only areas, see the penguin food preparation area and find out just how our state-of-the-art exhibit maintains its sub-zero temperatures (even when it's a scorching Australian Summer outside!).

Next, you'll need to suit up into our sub-Antarctic snow gear before heading behind the glass and into the exhibit! You'll get to see majestic King and cheeky Gentoo penguins waddle, dive, slip and slide along the ice right in front of you. In this icy wonderland, you'll participate in playful enrichment activities and have plenty of opportunities to snap the perfect penguin selfie.

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Penguin Encounter Sydney | SEA LIFE Sydney


  • No children under the age of 14
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • No contact with other birds 24 hours prior to visit
  • No gastro/flu/cold/respiratory symptoms within the last 48 hours of tour
  • Participant must be physically fit and able to walk up and down stairs and around the icy terrain
  • Participants must not have any open cuts or wounds
  • Participant must not have any pre-existing knee, pelvic or back injuries
  • Jewellery and any other loose items are not permitted
  • Cameras and mobile phones are not permitted
  • Participants must wear all safety clothing provided
  • Participants must be able to understand and speak English as translators will not be provided
  • Experience may be cancelled at short notice due to husbandry requirements
  • Participant must bring their own socks, and not be wearing a dress or skirt
  • Participants must follow instructions of Penguin Trainers at all times
  • The experience will be terminated at any point if instructions are not followed
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