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Visiting Sea Life Sydney Aquarium & Wild Life Sydney Zoo

sleeping koalas

Hopefully, no one is tired of koala photos just yet! I honestly think one of my favorite things about being in Australia is that I have the chance to get close to koalas whenever I like. And this post will be sharing photos from the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium & Wild Life Sydney Zoo…so, there’s going to be a couple more koala photos!

When my husband and I first arrived in Sydney we bought a Sydney Attraction Pass that we had a month to use. Ours included the Sea Life Aquarium, Wild Life Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye & Madame Tussauds. (This online version here through Get Your Guide is actually cheaper than what we did and also includes a Harbour Cruise.) If you’re short on time in Sydney, this pass is the way to go! All of these attractions are literally right on top of each other in Darling Harbour…except for the Sydney Tower Eye, which is about a 10-minute walk away. (Click here if you missed my post on my tower experience.)

Sydney Sea Life Aquarium
Sydney Sea Life Aquarium. “Beam me up, Scotty!” Haha.

With that being said, though, if you do have more time, I would choose to go to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney a hundred times over Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Featherdale Wildlife Park is a bit of a journey to get to, but so worth it! (You can see my post on Featherdale Wildlife Park, here.) But again, if you have a limited amount of time in Sydney, Wild Life Sydney Zoo will show you a good amount of native Australian species and let you get close to some cute koalas!

Wild life Sydney Zoo

One advantage that Wild Life Sydney Zoo had too, was they actually had baby koalas when I was there. Which, seriously, I almost died from the cuteness! 

A dugong at the aquarium, who was rescued.

I really enjoyed visiting the aquarium. I love watching the fish! (But I am not too good at photographing them – sorry!) The aquarium also had two dugongs, who were rescued as orphans and raised by the aquarium. It was neat to learn their stories and to see them get fed as well. Dugongs eat a ton of lettuce! I thought it was cute they had a little “salad bar” set up next to the dugong exhibit.

dugong salad bar
A dugong salad bar, haha.

dugong salad bar

Isn’t that cute? Haha. But anyways, granted, the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is a relatively small aquarium (especially if you compare it to, say, the Shedd Aquarium..and it’s smaller than my favorite Dallas World Aquarium), but it is a great way to see some species that are native to Australia…and I loved that they also had learning exhibits for children set up, with caretakers who were willing to answer a plethora of questions. We went on a random Wednesday afternoon when there weren’t many children, so I took full advantage of the learning exhibits to play with shark egg cases & to pet some starfish, haha.

shark egg case
A shark egg case you could play with!
blue star fish
One of the types of starfish you could pet. He’s blue!

marine bio modcloth skirt

This also was a great time for me to break out my octopus skirt from Modcloth! Haha. I know I’ve featured it a million times on the blog, but there seriously wasn’t a better time for me to wear this skirt! Am I right? (If you’re interested in one of the million blog posts featuring it, click here.)



Again if you would like more info on the Sydney Pass, click here. Or visit the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium website by clicking here and the Wild Life Sydney Zoo here.

I’ll leave you with a couple photo galleries of both the aquarium and the zoo. Feel free to click on them to make them full-sized!

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium photo gallery

Wild Life Sydney Zoo photo gallery

Which animal and/or fish is your favorite? (I’m obviously a koala fan, haha.) Let me know in the comments!

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium & Wild Life Sydney Zoo

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium & Wild Life Sydney Zoo
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  1. Richa Kamal says:

    Viator is my go-to site to get the attractions and deals for a place.
    Loved the baby koala and lettuce board. How interesting is that shark egg shell.
    This skirt could not be more appropriate for the visit!
    Richa | Fancier’s World

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Viator is always my go-to as well. It makes my life so much easier when I’m not familiar with an area’s attractions or travel companies. And right? I honestly had no idea what a shark egg looked like (or that they even laid eggs, to be honest). And thank you, Richa! 🙂

  2. Amanda Brezovsky says:

    I love the koalas myself too! So cute and cuddly. A baby one, oh my heart!! Great pictures of the zoo and aquarium. I particularly love zoos so it’s always neat to see what another country has in theirs. That picture of your husband with the snake…whoa haha. I could not do that!


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw, thank you, Amanda! Haha, right?! You can’t beat seeing a baby koala! Haha, snakes don’t bother me too much…but if that were a spider, I probably would’ve fainted! Haha.

  3. Lee (@leethrifts) says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit the Sydney Zoo because of Steve Irwin. He was basically my idol growing up haha! These photos are so fun. I LOVE the ones of you in the tunnel in your octopus skirt! So cute.

    Lee – leethrifts.com

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Steve Irwin was my favorite growing up too! I want to make a trip to Queensland just to see his zoo. And thank you so much, Lee! 🙂

  4. Beautiful pictures of animals and this place is great! I adore to visit such kind of places. You have amazing skirt and you look gorgeous!:)

    Have a nice day!:)


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw, thank you so much! Hope you have a nice day too! 🙂

  5. denisesplanet says:

    I will second your words – the koalas! I love aquariums and this one seems to be nice, although you said it’s small – but so nice! The dugongs, sweet! Lettuce, lettuce and lettuce 🙂 I didn’t know! Your pictures there are nice, dear Lindsey, if you saw mine (not in Sydney, in San Sebastian), you would see what “not a good fish photographer” means 🙁 I was so hopeful and happy for having a picture at the tunnel and mine is simply awful – you barely see it’s me, so blur. So I loved yours, got happy that it turned to be nice and your skirt is lovely and very appropriate – an octopus skirt! You look very beautiful! This Sydney pass is so good! The koala pictures, go on showing whenever you want, they are sooo cute! Hope you have a lovely day!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Haha, glad I’m not the only one who loves the koalas! And thank you so much, Denise! I didn’t see your aquarium post, but I will have to check it out! I’m sure your photos are just fine. 🙂 I hope you have a lovely day too!

  6. Roxcii Boutique says:

    Wow, such beautiful animal pictures. I love sea life aquarium and cute baby koala. You look absolutely stunning in this skirt.

    Roxcii Boutique
    Formal Dresses Sydney

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw, thank you so much! 🙂

  7. I love going to the Aquarium but it’s been awhile. I can’t believe how perfect your skirt is for the occasion, what an incredible find!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much! Haha, I was pretty happy I had the skirt for the occasion. The aquarium employees really enjoyed it too. 🙂

  8. Laurie Duncan says:

    I never get tired of seeing animal pix, and your skirt really was perfect! I don’t think I could pick a favorite, but that baby koala is too cute for words! 🙂

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Yay! Glad you’re enjoying the animal pics, Laurie! And thank you so much! Haha…and I agree, the cuteness of a baby koala is beyond words! 🙂

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