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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

1-5 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour

Sydney 2000

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Open Times

Regular Opening Hours
Open daily 10am - 6pm (Last entry 5pm)
Summer Holiday Opening Hours
Open daily 9.30am - 7pm (Last entry 6pm) Public holidays may effect these hours please refer to our opening hours page
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PENGUIN EXPEDITION RIDE

INCLUDED FREE WITH ALL TICKETS


A world first penguin experience!

Journey through our stunning Macquarie Island themed exhibit on the Penguin Expedition boat ride.

Time: Ride between 11:00am - 4:00pm

Capacity: Max. 8 people per boat

NOTHING EXTRA TO PAY!

Penguin Expedition is included on all tickets and passes for SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, including multi-attraction passes and annual passes.

Please note that the Penguin Expedition Boat Ride will be closed due to planned maintenance on the 5th and 6th August 2019. 

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Hop Aboard!

Penguin Expedition is the world first-of-its-kind penguin exhibit raft ride where you can get up close and personal to a spectacular colony of King and Gentoo Penguins at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

This immersive ride-through adventure is a continuous chain of boats, each with a capacity of 8 guests, that carries guests on a journey along a river and through the heart of our penguin colony. Watch from just metres away as they interact, slide across the ice and dive into the water!

Penguin Expedition creates an explorer out of each and every guest as they travel in a raft through a rugged sub-Antarctic environment, through flurries of snow, at a cool-but-comfortable six degrees Celsius.

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BUY TICKETS ONLINE & SAVE!

Buy your tickets online in advance and save up to 20% on general admission!

If you're keen to get even closer to our penguin colony, check out our on-the-ice penguin encounter experience, Penguin Passport.

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET

Save up to 20% - Online Only!
SEA LIFE Sydney General Admission

$46

at the door

$36.80

Adult From (Child $26.40)
  • Pick a date and time slot for standard 1 day admission
  • Skip the queue with mobile ticket entry
  • Prices vary by date and time - book in advance to save up to 20% in off peak or 10% in peak

VISIT 2 ATTRACTIONS

Book Online - Save over 35%
2 attractions Sydney

$90

Full Price

$55

Per Adult (Child $39)
  • Skip the queues with express mobile ticket entry
  • Valid for admission within 30 days
  • Save over 35% when booked 24 hours in advance

Penguin Experience

On the ice with our penguins

BOOK ONLINE

$119

PER ADULT
  • 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

Inspired by Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies in the south-west Pacific Ocean, about halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica. It's home to many species including the King and Gentoo Penguins.

Our Penguin Expedition voyage takes you face-to-flipper in an awe-inspiring recreation of our King and Gentoo penguins’ home, including magical flurries of snow, whistling winds and the stunning southern lights.

This amazing new discovery aims to educate guests by highlighting the impacts of plastic pollution and habitat destruction affecting these majestic birds.

Amazing discoveries await after disembarking thanks to the researchers at the Macquarie Island Explorer Hut. Guests will find out about SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s penguin breeding program and what they can do to help conserve Macquarie Island.

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FAQs

Yes! Penguin Expedition is included with all SEA LIFE Sydney tickets.

To protect the health and safety of our guests, there are a few rules and height restrictions that apply for the Penguin Expedition boat ride:

  • Children under 90cm must be seated next to a responsible adult
  • Children over 90cm but under 120cm must be seated next to or in the row immediately in front of a responsible adult
  • Children over 120cm are free to ride without adult supervision

We have multiple boats at Penguin Expedition and each boat can sit up to 8 guests.

To meet our sub-Antarctic penguins, guests will be transported by boat through a cool yet comfortable six degrees Celsius. We did say that this was an immersive experience!

The approximate depth of the water is 42cm.

Due to the nature of the ride, the Penguin Expedition boat ride itself is not accessible for wheelchairs.

However, guests can still view our spectacular penguins from the large viewing windows surrounding the display!

The boat ride through the sub-Antarctic to meet our majestic birds takes approximately 2 minutes from start to finish. 

No, guests who do not wish to go on the boat ride can still view our majestic birds from the large viewing windows surrounding the display!

If you're keen to get even closer to our penguin colony, find out about our on-the-ice penguin encounter experience, Penguin Passport.

 


**PLEASE NOTE - Every effort is made to limit our penguin expedition ride closures. However, the boat ride may be closed during your visit due to unforeseen maintenance issues which will exclude the viewing area of the penguins.

The safety of both our animals and our guests are our number one priority.

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