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Melbourne Aquarium

Catch a rare view of Southern Ocean and Antarctic marine life at one of Australia’s premier aquariums.

Melbourne Aquarium is unique in that its primary focus is on marine life from the waters that surround Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. This does not, however, mean there is a limited variety of creatures to see; the aquarium has a rich array of animals from both above and below the waterline.

The aquarium is divided into four main areas, which makes navigation a breeze. The first stop is Antarctica. Check out the king and gentoo penguins and marvel at the Antarctic fish that can survive in below-freezing waters. Time your visit to catch one of the daily feeding sessions, or visit the underwater viewing area for a fish-eye perspective of seabirds in action.

Next door at Seahorse Pier, dive into the world’s largest collection of seahorse and sea dragon species. These colorful and curious creatures blend in amongst the underwater plants, so you’ll have to look carefully to spot them. Then drop into the Coral Atoll section, the home of marine life from the warmer waters of the tropics.

A centerpiece of the aquarium is the 580,000-gallon (2.2-million liter) Oceanarium that holds sharks, rays and turtles. Enjoy the views from the observation deck or test your nerves with a shark dive for an additional cost. The aquarium is home to grey nurse sharks and the extensive breeding program is helping to improve the shark’s numbers in the Southern Hemisphere.

The aquarium also offers a range of experience packages. The Ocean Rangers program is a great one for kids, with all-day activities and a chance to meet some of the aquarists.

Melbourne Aquarium is located in central Melbourne, on the north bank of the Yarra River. The free City Circle tram stops at the aquarium, which is a short walk from downtown and Flinders Street Station, the city’s main train terminal. The aquarium is open every day of the year, including public holidays, and there is a fee for entry.


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Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel ¥8,149
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel

Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel

60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Melbourne aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Collins Street, Yarra Riverfront, and Flinders Lane. SEA LIFE Melbourne and Bourke Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 9 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 11 minutes.

    Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel ¥7,620
    Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel

    Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel

    480 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Street, SEA LIFE Melbourne, and Yarra Riverfront. Flinders Lane and Hardware Lane are also within 10 minutes. Flagstaff Station is 9 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 7 minutes.

      Oaks Melbourne on William Suites ¥8,414
      Oaks Melbourne on William Suites

      Oaks Melbourne on William Suites

      350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Hardware Lane, and Queen Victoria Market. Melbourne Central and Emporium Melbourne are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 2-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.

        Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne ¥5,082
        Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

        Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

        300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central, and Queen Victoria Market. Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 3 mi (5 km). Flagstaff Station is 6 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 7 minutes.

          WRAP on Southbank ¥10,138
          WRAP on Southbank

          WRAP on Southbank

          133 -139 City Road, Southbank, VIC
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Southbank Promenade and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Federation Square are also within 15 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 11 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 20 minutes.

            Pegasus Apart'Hotel ¥8,712
            Pegasus Apart'Hotel

            Pegasus Apart'Hotel

            206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, and Melbourne Central. Emporium Melbourne and Festival Hall are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 3-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.

              Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments ¥8,178
              Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments

              Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments

              707/534 Flinders st, (Enter via 7 Katherine Pl), Melbourne, VIC
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is steps from SEA LIFE Melbourne and Yarra Riverfront. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Flinders Lane are also within 10 minutes. Southern Cross Station is 8 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 15 minutes.

                Avani Melbourne Central Residences ¥12,096
                Avani Melbourne Central Residences

                Avani Melbourne Central Residences

                60 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Melbourne Central and State Library of Victoria. Queen Victoria Market and Bourke Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. Melbourne Central Station is only a 3-minute walk and Flagstaff Station is 8 minutes.