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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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The Victoria Hotel Melbourne ¥7,304
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Collins Street and Regent Theatre. Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Lane are also within 5 minutes. Parliament Station is 8 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 9 minutes.

    Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne ¥6,168
    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.

      Great Southern Hotel Melbourne ¥5,343
      Great Southern Hotel Melbourne

      Great Southern Hotel Melbourne

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

        Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yarra Riverfront and SEA LIFE Melbourne. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Flinders Lane are also within 10 minutes. Southern Cross Station is only a 5-minute walk and Flagstaff Station is 15 minutes.

        Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands ¥7,068
        Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands

        Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands

        66 Aurora Lane, Docklands, VIC
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marvel Stadium and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. DFO South Wharf and Festival Hall are also within 15 minutes. Southern Cross Station is 13 minutes by foot and North Melbourne Station is 21 minutes.

          Crowne Plaza Melbourne ¥12,106
          Crowne Plaza Melbourne

          Crowne Plaza Melbourne

          1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yarra Riverfront and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Marvel Stadium and Melbourne Central are also within 1 mi (2 km). Southern Cross Station is 8 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 18 minutes.

            Experience Bella Hotel Apartments ¥7,358
            Experience Bella Hotel Apartments

            Experience Bella Hotel Apartments

            250 City Road, Southbank, VIC
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Southbank Promenade, Eureka Skydeck 88, and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. South Melbourne Market and SEA LIFE Melbourne are also within 15 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 16 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 18 minutes.

              Oaks on Collins ¥8,765
              Oaks on Collins

              Oaks on Collins

              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 and SEA LIFE Melbourne. Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre are also within 15 minutes. Southern Cross Station is 7 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 10 minutes.

                Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank ¥7,852
                Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank

                Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank

                Corner of Southgate Ave & Riverside Quay, Southbank, VIC
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Melbourne Central and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Royal Botanic Gardens and Marvel Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km). Flinders Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 17 minutes.