The best aquariums in Australia

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Sydney Aquarium ©Lola’s Big Adventure!/Flickr

Australia was blessed with many natural beauties, among which the Great Barrier Reef, which is not only the biggest coral reef in the world, but also the biggest natural aquarium in the world. The shallow, clean waters and the rich flora and fauna make the Great Barrier Reef an ideal spot for divers and snorkelers. But if you don’t want to get wet and travel all the way to Queensland, then all you have to do is visit one of the numerous aquariums in Australia. A visit to the aquarium is not only a great occasion to get to know more about Australia, but can also be fun and relaxing. So here’s a list of the best aquariums in Australia:

Sydney Aquarium, Sydney

Sydney visitors mustn’t miss the opportunity to visit one of Australia’s best aquariums. This huge aquarium in Sydney Harbor is dedicated entirely to the underwater animals that can be found in Australia’s oceans, rivers and lakes. You can admire anything from tropical fish to crocodiles here. Plus, this is your unique chance to see some of the most dangerous animals on the continent, such as sharks, stingrays or stonefish.

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Sydney Aquarium ©Lola’s Big Adventure!/Flickr

Aquarium of Western Australia, Perth

Best known as AQWA, this aquarium is Perth focuses exclusively on the underwater life of Western Australia. This means that it contains mostly exotic animals that live in the Indian Ocean, but not entirely. This aquarium hosts many unique species of animals that are hard to spot in the usual diving trip. But it is the great attraction of AQWA is its almost 100 m long underwater tunnel, one of the longest in the world.

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AQWA © antsz1/Flickr

Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne

Unlike the two aquariums presented so far, the Aquarium in Melbourne is not restricted to Australian sea animals. Here you will have the opportunity to watch a great variety of sea creatures, from those living in the frozen seas near the Southern Pole, to the multicolored fish, jellyfish and sponges that live in the tropical regions. Plus, this one of the best places to observe various species of sharks – there’s even a glass bottom boat that takes you across a huge, open air water tank filled with these dangerous but fascinating creatures.

Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville

The Reef HQ aquarium in Townsville is not an aquarium per se, but rather a huge man made replica of a real coral reef. This doesn’t mean that you’ll be paying to stare at plastic lobsters. The animals and plants living here are very real, and you’ll have a chance to see that yourself. There is a great diversity of species, and the technical details behind this attraction are themselves exceptional.

Reef HQ aquarium

Sharks ©Mads Boedker/Flickr

 

 

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