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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


Experience Temporarily Unavailable

In line with the latest announcements from the Australian Federal Government with regard to Covid-19 and capacity management & hygiene control, the Penguin Passport Experience is not available until further notice. The safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff is our priority and we will take all necessary precautions to ensure their continued welfare. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have questions regarding your pre-booked Penguin Passport Experience please contact us on DH.Pos@merlinentertainments.com.au for more information.

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Get closer to our colony of penguins!

A once in a lifetime experience that takes you on the ice with our penguins.

The Penguin Passport is your ticket to a once-in-a-lifetime penguin encounter with SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium's sub-Antarctic penguin colony.
Suited up in your sub-Antarctic snow gear, the exclusive 75 minute tour takes you onto an icy wonderland where majestic King and cheeky Gentoo penguins waddle, hop, slip and slide along the ice right in front of you. Here you'll observe enrichment activities with the birds and have plenty of opportunities for photos along the way. 
Participants will also have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes in this penguin encounter to see the penguin food preparation area as well as how this state-of-the-art exhibit maintains its chilly temperatures.

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Penguin Passport

Penguin Passport runs daily at 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

A maximum of 4 people per group. Spots fill quickly; book early to avoid missing out on this incredible experience!


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What's included?

AGES 14+

  • A 75 minute unique experience
  • Go behind the scenes and learn how we take care of our King and Gentoo Penguins
  • Suit up in our snow gear and go on the ice with the colony in their habitat
  • All day admission to explore SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium included

Book this experience for a specific date now or purchase an penguin encounter gift voucher valid for 12 months.

Important Information

When booking your Penguin Passport experience in our online ticket store you'll be required to formally acknowledge the general booking terms and conditions.

  • 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


Includes all day aquarium admission!



  • 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



  • 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


This is an intimate experience with only 4 people per group so sessions often book out in advance. To avoid missing out, we recommend booking online.

You must be 14 years or older for our penguin experience. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Yes you can! Head to our Merlin Annual Pass page to purchase a discounted Penguin Passport. It's a special price just for pass holders.

You have 3 years to undertake your Penguin Passport experience from the purchase date. To redeem the voucher, the bearer will need to email the SEA LIFE Sydney Bookings Officer on the below email.


The Bookings Officer will then work with you to confirm your date and send through a confirmation. You must bring this original voucher on the day of your booking.