When my friends told me they were heading to Sydney with their kids for a few days, I jumped at the chance to catch up with them and do something fun. Because I am the biggest kid of all, there was a wide selection of things I could offer them. However, my boyfriend works at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and this now is one of my top choices for visitors. They loved the idea and off we went.

It was New Years Day, so probably not my best choice of day to do activities but we had a leisurely meeting time of 11am, so not too horrendous. It was actually quite lovely being down at Darling Harbour on a day like that. Most people were still in bed and I felt I had the city to myself. The sun was shining, it wasn’t too hot and I was by the water, perfection.

Meeting up with my friends and their lovely children after more than a year was really lovely. To my surprise, apart from Grandad, noone had been to this aquarium, so something new. I’m also a big fan of educational fun – the animals in the aquarium are pretty but there are lots of things the kids can learn about our environment and I enjoy sharing that with them.

 Bumping into my scuba diving boyfriend in the aquarium is also lovely and he takes some time to show me and my friends some of the exhibits with his insider marine biologist knowledge. My usual comments in response to his excellent knowledge, “that one is pretty”. He’s probably pretty happy that under water when we dive together I’m unable to give my commentary of what we see “That’s pretty, oooohh purple, I like that one, FISHES!!!”

We had fun comparing our height to the length of a shark to see how easily we would eaten. We admired the new dinosaur exhibit, seeing marine life from the Jurassic period, and the boys liked playing the simulation game with a shark on the screen. We did “OH NO” faces in the shark walk, trying to strategically get a shark into the photo. Saying hellp to the playful dugongs is always fun, and of course we had to visit the touch pool, and touch EVERYTHING!

It was so lovely watching the whole family, all ages from children to grandchildren, enjoying the various exhibits. I’ve been a few times in the last year and I’ve really enjoyed experiencing it through different peoples eyes. It gives a new perspective and makes it a new and exciting experience each time. Plus, the last exhibit at the aquarium, a wall to wall viewing area is worth the visit. It’s the most tranquil and relaxing spot just watching these magnificent creatures float around.

So many beautiful fish, and a message of conservation and education people about protecting our environment.

Make Sydney Sea Life Aquarium one to visit next time you’re in town.

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