Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, Manly

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Learn about Australia's creatures of the deep at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and how the center promotes conservation of marine life through rescue, breeding, and protecting. Observe a colony of penguins at Penguin Cove; watch sharks, rays, turtles, and tropical fish at Shark Harbour; and view seahorses, octopus, and lionfish at Underwater Sydney. The sanctuary puts on daily presentations about its conservation efforts and even gives you the opportunity to scuba dive with sharks. Children tend to enjoy the touch-pool, where they can pick up starfish and sea slugs. A visit to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Manly tour itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Visited the aquarium for the first time since I was at school because my sister and I heard it is closing at the end of january! Fantastic enclosures, educational talks, and even the touch pool. Great...  more »
  • We took our two grandchildren to the Manly aquarium and although they'd been before they still enjoyed it. Personally us older folk found it lacking in many ways. There's a sort of petting pool but th...  more »
  • Great fun to walk beneath sharks and sting rays, watch the octopus and admire the elegant seahorses. However, this place is just tired and read for renos (it closes for that purpose end Jan 2018). Dis...  more »
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  • A fun place to take the family anytime throughout the year. There’s a wonderful selection of sea life and lots of educational elements to the experience. Keep an eye out for the turtles as they can be tricky to spot but look amazing. There’s a great play area for kids to burn off energy and generally run around. Be prepared to wrestle kids away from the gift shop as you enter and exit!! There’s no coffee facility but there are plenty of options available in Manly.
  • Wonderful place to visit, lots of variety of various species. Very near and walkable distance from Manly boat house. Nice tourist spot to visit, and shopping also available. Very near to Manly beach as well. Enjoy the scenery and nice place to take photographs. Enjoyed a lot during my last trip
  • Manly sea life santuary is one of the best attractions in manly. It has a plethora of both fish creatures and other creatures (i wont ruin the surprise). The touching pools, shark walk and shows are so enthralling. The staff here are super friendly to both adults and children. Would recommend going here if you are with your children or family. Great rainy day activity
  • The shark tunnel is really cool and worth checking out. It is a nice attraction and I am glad we did it but there isn't a lot to see unless you attend the tours and talks. The whole thing can be seen in about an hour or two.
  • My kids have always enjoyed coming to the aquarium. We got the Merlin pass one year, and kept coming back every couple of months. My daughter loved to Octonauts themed days when she was 3 or 4. Pity they're closing down in 2018. :-(

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The range of accommodations in Manly caters to different budgetary needs, and offers a relaxed, cheerful alternative to the busy hotels and bed and breakfasts of cosmopolitan Sydney across the water. Many of the lodgings boast beachfront locations, within ideal walking distance of all the amenities on the Corso strip. With most of the hotels and bed and breakfasts so conveniently located, you'll be perfectly positioned for June's Manly Food and Wine Festival and October's International Jazz Festival, both attended by scores of tourists and locals--just be sure to reserve in advance.
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