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1-5 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour

Sydney 2000

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Penguin Expedition!

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A world first experience!

Hop aboard a raft and journey through a stunningly-themed Macquarie Island exhibit.
Time: 10.00am - 5.30pm
Duration: Stay as long as you like
Capacity: 8 people per boat.


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.

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Immersive ride-through adventure

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.

*Included in admission price

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.

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Ride opening times from February:

  • Weekdays: 11am – 3.30pm
  • Weekends: 11am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday 14th February: 11am – 5:00pm

**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.

Penguin Expedition FAQs...

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!



Multiple Attraction Tickets

Penguin passport

Secure your spot to meet our penguins!

  • 75 minute tour
  • Behind-the-scenes access
  • Plenty of photo opportunities

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  • Give the perfect penguin experience!
  • 75 minute encounter
  • Participate in enrichment activities

King and Gentoo Penguins


Penguin Personalities