Expanding its displays for more than 40 years
The aquarium was built was opened in 1988 and has been gradually expanded in the various marine environmental displays that can be seen today. The aquarium’s animal collections are based around an Australian theme, with creatures from the river systems as well as the expanses of the Australian coast, both southern and northern oceans.
Displays include: The Shark Walk and Shark Valley, Dugong Exhibit, Southern Ocean exhibit including Little Penguins and Seals, Northern Oceans exhibit which includes the Great Barrier Reef and a crocodile exhibit.
Two of the major displays, Dugong Island and Shark Valley, have large oceanariums with tunnels built underneath that allow visitors to see these creatures close up.
The Great Barrier Reef complex includes a number of smaller displays around a massive oceanarium of 2.6 million litres of water pumped from Darling Harbour and heated. The oceanarium is 33 meters long by 3.5 meters deep and contains 6,000 marine animals.