Looking for Melbourne tourist attractions? Look no more...The Melbourne Aquarium is one of the main tourist attractions here in Melbourne. Perfect to visit with the children, but enjoyable without the kids as well, the Melbourne Aquarium offers something for everyone. Read the article to learn more about the Melbourne Aquarium.
Looking for Melbourne tourist attractions? Look no more...Melbourne, Australia's second largest city, is in the south-east of Australia. It is the capital of Victoria. Melbourne and Victoria are great places to visit. The city offers great shopping and dining and Victoria has got a beautiful countryside and coast line combining beautiful national and state parks with quiet little villages and some larger regional centres.Melbourne has got plenty of tourist attractions and things to do for its visitors. One of those attractions is the Melbourne Aquarium, which is one of the main tourist attractions here in Melbourne. Perfect to visit with the children, but enjoyable without the kids as well, the Melbourne Aquarium offers something for everyone. The Melbourne Aquarium is designed to look like a moored ship. It does not look that big from the outside. That is, until you realise that that the majority of the building lies 20 meters below the surface. At the Melbourne Aquarium, you can enjoy your very own self-guided tour that will take you through four unique levels.On level one you will discover the creepy caves, billabong, rock pools, and mangroves. On the Ground Floor you will be able to sink or swim with giant crabs and sea dragons, coral atoll, sea jellies, and Japanese spider crabs. At level B-1 you will be able to see the octopus and there is also a children's play area at this level. And level B-2 includes shark conservation, the animal nursery, the oceanarium, and the fish bowl.The wildlife in the Melbourne AquariumThis 2.2 million litres ocean aquarium is rich in wild life. There are sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles in the aquarium, which has a walk under glass room that will make you feel as if you are swimming with the fish.If you love more adventure, you can suit up and dive in with the sharks at Melbourne Aquarium. But if you do not want get wet, you can just take a tour in the glass bottom boat so you can see the marina life and stay dry. Another interesting sight that you would not like to miss is the feeding of the sharks. At Melbourne aquarium, professional divers feed the sharks twice a day for the public to see.Melbourne Aquarium: You Can Look and TouchIf you are not satisfied with just looking, although in the case of sharks it is probably wise to keep it to just that, you can also touch. There is a rock pool where aquarium staff will let you touch and handle things like starfish and sea urchins.Do you have a child that has a birthday coming up? Melbourne aquarium has something for that too. They will allow you to have a birthday party at the aquarium and provide your child's favourite food and other cool options.Melbourne Aquarium: Themed ExhibitionsThe Melbourne Aquarium is also great for a number of themed exhibitions. They recently did "Creepy Crawlies" about all kinds of bugs, spiders and slimy creatures. Another recent one is "Antartica". This is a simulation of the coldest place on earth, featuring real ice and snow. You could watch the King and Gentoo penguin slide and play on the ice, or take an expedition through "Antarctica"! The project was a year in construction and opened late in 2008. With these new elements the Aquarium guarantees itself the return of many young Melburnians of course. It is not without reason that any time my daughter and I go into the city centre she asks when we go to the Aquarium again and what special exhibition is on this time!After having gone through all the excitement of the Aquarium, you will certainly get hungry. But this is not a problem. All you have to do is visit the Melbourne Aquarium cafe. They have everything from a full lunch to cup of coffee. You can enjoy your meal while taking in the sights of the Yarra river and Southbank at the other side of the water. And if the offering from the Melbourne Aquarium cafe is not to your liking, then I suggest you simply cross the bridge and have a great meal at one of Southbank's great cafes or restaurants!If you want to have a fun time in Melbourne with the kids, then the Melbourne Aquarium is definitely a Melbourne tourist attraction you want to go to. We go fairly regularly, at least once a year. Whether you live in Melbourne or you are a visitor, a visit to the Melbourne Aquarium will be an experience that will remain fresh in your mind for many years.
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