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This Father's Day Take the Family to the Aquarium

30th August 2012

For all the Dads out there, we wish you all the best on your special day.  Here at Escape Travel, we put our heads together to think of something great to do together as a family. So here’s our suggestion – why not visit an aquarium? Australian waters are home to some of the most amazing marine life in the world, which can be observed from the terrific aquariums around the country.

Here are our top Australian aquariums.


Sea Lion Performing at Sea World

Sydney Aquarium, Sydney
Located in Darling Harbour, the façade of the Sydney Aquarium was designed to resemble a wave and boasts the title of one of the largest aquariums in the world. There are over 12,000 aquatic creatures for your amusement including dugongs, platypus, seals, crocodiles and sharks.

Reef HQ, Townsville
Reef HQ opened in 1987 as a bicentennial commemorative project and today is the largest living coral reef aquarium in the world. There are 130 coral species and 120 types of fish on display. The aquarium also offers a terrific insight into the ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef in air-conditioned comfort.

Sea World, Gold Coast
Part aquarium, part oceanarium and part theme park, Sea World on the spectacular Gold Coast is a significant attraction. The dolphin and sea lion shows are mesmerising, while the big ticket marine animals include the penguins and polar bears. Sea World also has the world’s largest man-made lagoon system – built as a home for the sharks.

Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne
Opened in 2000, the Melbourne Aquarium is one of the country’s newest aquarium additions. The building on the Yarra River was architecturally designed to resemble a ship and the heart of the facility is a 2.2 million litre oceanarium in the round.

Underwater World, Mooloolaba
Underwater World is a fantastic family-friendly attraction on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The aquarium features eight different zones for exploration including a Touch & Tell pond so that kids can learn more about marine life by touching the interesting creatures.

The Aquarium of Western Australia, Perth
The Aquarium of Western Australia opened in 1988 and specialises in marine life found along the WA coastline. There are over 4,000 fish on display within the 40 different exhibits. Popular marine life includes the sharks, sting rays and turtles.