Manly Sea Life Sanctuary Tourist Attraction

Manly Sea Life Sanctuary

Manly Sea Life Sydney aquarium is situated seven miles North-East of Sydney. Manly is the most popular seaside town of Sydney. It got its name from captain Arthur Phillip after his encounter with the confident and manly aboriginal people of the clan Kay-ye-my. Manly Oceanarium was opened on the 7th of November, 1963. It was called Marineland. The opening of the aquarium was a new concept in Oceanography. At that time, it was the largest aquarium in the Southern Hemisphere, the third in the world and the seventh of the same type. Marineland contained 2000 fish of 150 species, including the Wobbegong, Port Jackson sharks and huge sea turtles. In March 1987, the sum of about $12 million was spent for the construction of Manly's new Underwater World. Thus, the old Marineland was rebuilt, a new underwater tunnel was created. On the 19th of February 1988, the Underwater World was opened for its visitors. The moving footway, an open-air restaurant, a performing seals arena appeared there. In March 1992, the aquarium was purchased by Coral World International, and renamed into Manly Oceanarium. About $1 million was spent, which allowed certified visitors to drive in the shark tanks. In 2002, one more attraction- Shark Drive Xreme -was launched. This is a driving with sharks as an exhilarating experience. In June 2012, the Oceanarium was relaunched as Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. Then, the Penguin Cove exhibit appeared there. The Oceanarium is visited by many families with children, so a lot of things are made for children: special entertainments along the way throughout the Oceanarium, hats in the form of unique sea animals, etc.

Open hours

Daily: 9:30 - 17:00


West Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Phone: (+61) 1800 199 742
E-Mail: [email protected]
33° 47′ 56.76″ S, 151° 16′ 52.68″ E

Ticket price

Reduced price: $20
Adult price: $25
Children price: $17 (4 - 15 yrs)
Family price: $75

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