- Get up close to our cheeky Gentoo and King penguins
- 75 minute tour including a behind the scenes tour
- Free all-day aquarium admission
Penguin Expedition is the world first-of-its kind penguin exhibit where guests can get up close and personal to a spectacular colony of King and Gentoo Penguins at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.
A continuous chain of boats, each with a capacity of 8 guests, running all day every day carries guests on a journey along the river, through the heart of the colony.
Inspired by Macquarie Island – an Australian owned island that lies in the south-west Pacific Ocean – Penguin Expedition creates an explorer out of each and every guest as they travel in a raft through a rugged sub-Antarctic environment at a cool-but-comfortable six degrees Celsius.
The voyage includes getting face-to-flipper in an awe-inspiring recreation of the 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.
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 - 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.
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:
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!
Penguin ExperienceOn the ice experience with our penguin colony