Sydney Aquarium & Zoo new attractions – school holidays 2021

School holiday boredom setting in? Sydney Aquarium & Zoo have some great new activities for your family to enjoy – plus there’s a new animal arrival!

Sydney WILD LIFE Zoo Aussie Animal Passport

Sydney Aquarium & Sydney Zoo are open every day of the school holidays

If you’re looking for fun things for your family to do before the kids head back to school, take a trip to beautiful Darling Harbour and visit the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo!

The Sydney Aquarium and the Sydney Zoo are located right next door to each other at Darling Harbour, and are open every day of the NSW School Holidays. They are two of Australia’s top family attractions for a reason – there’s so much for families to see and do there! Plus now there’s even more fun with the new Aussie Animal Passport.

The Aussie Animal Passport

The Sydney Zoo Aussie Animal Passport

The Sydney Zoo Aussie Animal Passport

The new Aussie Animal Passport is a fun way to get your kids discovering and learning as they explore either (or both!) the Sydney zoo and aquarium. Be sure to pick up a passport as you enter – it’s a free bonus activity that your children are going to love.

Several Australian animals are featured on the passport, and it’s a fantastic way to learn more about each one of them. From the adorable Kangaroos to the rather more formidable (but really, just as adorable) Grey Nurse Sharks, your kids will be tearing around ticking boxes and being compelled to learn so much more about their animal favourites!

What is there to see inside the Sydney Zoo?

The WILD LIFE Sydney zoo is a popular zoo in the heart of Sydney city in Darling Harbour.

It is primarily an indoor zoo, which means that it is perfect for hot or rainy days as it is weatherproof.

Get up Koala photo at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Get up Koala photo at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

WILD LIFE Sydney zoo specialises in Australian native animals, and it is here that you can see snakes, frogs, wallabies, a huge crocodile, pat a kangaroo, talk to an emu and even get a coffee on the roof top cafe surrounded by koalas!

Learn all about Australian native animals, their habitat and what you can do to help preserve it for future generations of people and animals to come.

No time to read? Watch our Aussie Animal Passport blogger event YouTube video here…

A new cutie has arrived at the Sydney Zoo!

Tasmanian Devils are at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Tasmanian Devils are at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

There’s a furry new arrival in town! Dharra the 3 year old Tasmanian Devil is the newest arrival at WILD LIFE Sydney zoo. She joins resident Tassie Devil Bub in educating visitors about the plight of the Tasmanian Devil. Tassie devils are under threat due to the facial tumor disease decimating their wild numbers.

What is there to see inside the Sydney Aquarium?

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Little Penguins

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Little Penguins

The SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is located next-door to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, and features a huge range of Australian sea and water creatures. Inside there are lots of visually spectacular themed areas to be found which also feature education stations. These offer wonderful hands-on ways to learn all about the different sea animals.

Sydney Aquarium walk through glass tunnels

One of Sydney Aquarium walk through glass tunnels

Beautiful glass walk-through tunnels showcase stingrays, the gorgeous Pig the dugong and a huge number of colourful fish.

The shark tunnel brings you up up-close to massive grey sharks menacingly floating mere centimetres above your head!

The interactive Great Barrier Reef display is another amazing attraction housed within the aquarium, with it’s surreal glowing creatures and their twilight habitats.

Sydney Aquarium Great Barrier Reef Moonlight Beach

Sydney Aquarium Great Barrier Reef Moonlight Beach

There’s always someone new to meet at the aquarium –  like Plugga the rescue Green Sea Turtle who arrived in late 2020. And although the popular Penguin Expedition boat ride is temporarily closed, you can still view the penguin colony with their cute new brood of toddlers!

Don’t forget to check sharks off your Aussie Animal Passport!

Don’t forget to check sharks off your Aussie Animal Passport at the aquarium!

You can read more about the Sydney SEA LIFE aquarium in our Sydney Aquarium review here, or watch our new Sydney Aquarium video here.

Watch our exploration of the Sydney Aquarium here

Sydney Aquarium & Zoo opening hours & discount ticket prices

Get up close with koalas at WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo

Get up close with koalas at WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo

Visit the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo for yourself – it’s the perfect Sydney school holidays and Sydney weekend activity!

The aquarium is currently open every day throughout the NSW Summer school holidays, 2021.

Admission prices are $38.40 per adult and $28.00 per child, or combine the two attractions at $57 per adult and $40 per child, saving $37 when you combine your adult ticket. Kids under 4 are free. Booking online in advance (using the link below) is recommended to reserve your spot.

Further discount tickets are also available online to enter multiple attractions. These can include Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum – right next-door – making for a great day out!

How to get to the Sydney Aquarium & Zoo

The SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo are located in Darling Harbour in the Sydney CBD.
Catch a tourist bus to the Aquarium, a Ferry to Darling Harbour, a train to Town Hall Station or simply walk straight down from the city centre (around a 10-minute walk).
Drive and park in one of the surrounding Wilson car parks – many of which are Sydney Aquarium partners. You can get your parking ticket validated in the Sydney Aquarium gift shop. Exact car park locations are listed on the Aquarium website.

Further Aquarium & Zoo information

You can find out more Sydney Aquarium information at the official website here and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo at the official website here.

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Sydney WILD LIFE Zoo baby koala

All information is correct as at January 2021. Check supplied website links for any price and availability changes.
Let’s go Mum were hosted guests of Sea Life Sydney Aquarium & Wild Life Zoo. All opinions remain firmly our own.


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  1. KIP says:

    Wow, I didn’t know that Sydney Aquarium & Zoo is so cool! Your post motivated our family to go there! We’ve heard a lot about him already, but we didn’t even think about what was so cool there! Photos you came out very cool. It even seemed to me that the aquarium is much more interesting than the animals. Our son also loves fish very much, I think he will be shocked by this place! Thank you for writing such a useful article, if you are somewhere else, be sure to write about it!

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