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Take a journey through Australia's rich and diverse marine ecosystems and discover the world's largest collection of all-Australian aquatic life, with over 12,000 marine animals. Walk underwater and come face to face with dozens of fierce sharks, giant rays, a ferocious saltwater crocodile. For the fainter of heart, watch playful seals, a platypus, and adorable penguins. Sydney Aquarium is home to the largest Great Barrier Reef exhibit in the world and interactive touch pools that feel just like being at Sydney's sea-side rock pools. Purchase tickets online to receive a ten percent discount.
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, the endearing tale of two gumnut babies, has been one of Australia's favorite childrens books for years. Author May Gibbs built Nutcote, her harbor-side home in 1926 and it is now a museum. Informative guides show you around, and you can watch two films on Gibbs downstairs. Wander around the gardens so lovingly tended by Gibbs, and enjoy the views.
The Education Centre in Taronga Zoo has a number of education programs especially meant for kids. There is wildlife photography, trails, hands-on education studying animals in the wild, participatory conservation programs and much more. Call or email the zoo authorities for more information.
Opened in 1884, the Taronga Zoo was one of the first public zoos in New South Wales. Over the years, the zoo has gone through much renovation and redevelopment. It now features updated exhibits and even an Asian Rainforest, providing a unique insight into the majesty and wonder of the jungle homes of an amazing array of rare Asian wildlife including Asian Elephants, Silvery Gibbons, Francois Langurs, Asian Turtles, and Fishing Cats. The Taronga Zoo is continually building and updating its cultural and educational displays and precincts in order to provide the ultimate in family fun as well as wildlife education. Be sure to check out the free animal presentations and shows throughout the day.
This is one of Australia's largest collection of marine life and some of the biggest sharks and giant rays in Sydney. If you are interested, and brave enough, you can see for yourself. With instruction and equipment you can go scuba diving with the sharks or if something safer appeals, you can watch the staff do it themselves. Oceanworld is also home to rare sea dragons, giant cuttlefish, turtles, a living coral display and a touch pool with starfish, sea urchins, anemones and hermit crabs.
If sea animals and sea life excite you then the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary is an attraction that you simply must visit. The public aquarium, which was earlier known as Oceanworld Manly, contains an amazing variety of marine animals like sharks, sea turtles, penguins, gist stingrays and others. The Manly Sea Life Sanctuary is best known for its Swim With the Sharks program that allows those interested to swim with grey nurse sharks. Apart from this, you can also feed penguins, dolphins, and have a whale of a time with different shows.
This impressive marine reserve covers the large rocky peninsula and the surrounding rock platforms between Long Reef and Collaroy beaches on Sydney's North Shores. It features a range of coastal habitats from crumbling sea cliffs, blowzy dunes, surf-pounded rock platforms and sheltered rock pools. Long Reef's rock platforms are unique as they are exposed on all points of the compass. The reserve was established in 1980 to protect the enormously diverse marine life that makes the most of these varied habitats. It is best explored at low tide, and snorkeling is possible on the south side on calm days. But remember: this is a protected area, so don't take anything! Also check local press for details of free guided walks provided by Fishcare Volunteers where you might spot elephant snails, octopus, pelicans, penguins, fairy wrens, blue periwinkles or even the odd whale.
Established in 1920, the Koala Park Sanctuary is a part of the wildlife trails of Sydney, Australia. The park was founded by Noel Burnet and is a privately owned sanctuary in the West Pennant Hills area. Noel formed the park to protect the population of koalas be providing them refuge from huntsmen. After its foundation, he spent most of his life researching and building a suitable habitat to establish a comfortable living environment for these animals.