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November 10, 2018 Attraction No Comments Email Email

Have you ever wanted to know what the animals at the aquarium get up to at night? Now is your chance to find out!


For one night only, the world-famous Sea Life Sydney Aquarium will open for 24 hours – offering guests the rare opportunity to quite literally explore Day and Night on the Reef.

Throughout the night of Tuesday 27th November and into the morning of Wednesday 28th November, the public is invited to experience the brand new $5 million Day and Night on the Reefinteractive exhibit. Marine biologists will provide guided tours explaining the behaviours of the 500 sea creatures which will call the exhibit home – including Myrtle the much loved Green Sea Turtle, Loggerhead Turtles, Reef Sharks, Sawfish, Jellyfish and Bow the massive 126kg Queensland Grouper.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium’s Curator, Chris Brown, said, “After seven months of construction, this exciting new Day and Night on the Reef exhibit will provide our guests with an insight into the beauty of the reef from dusk until dawn. We can’t wait to welcome the public in for a very special night experience!

“For the first time ever, we’re offering guests the chance to see exactly what the aquarium looks like all through the day and the night. This includes an after dark guided tour through popular exhibits such as Dugong Island and Shark Alley, it also includes exclusive first look into the brand new Day and Night on the Reef experience giving them the chance to get up close and personal with upside down jellyfish!”

The whole reef changes at night as different characters wake up and begin to become active. Guests on the night time tours will see Whitetip Reef Sharks who patrol as a pack exploring all the nooks and crannies of the reef, looking for food. There’s also the critically endangered Sawfish – these nocturnal creatures use their amazing adaption, a ‘sharp toothed rostrum’, to dig for food. Seeing the secret lives of night time animals will really be an experience like no other.

“I’ve been observing these amazing animals over 24 hour periods to ensure they’re all settling in to their new home. This has enabled me to see first-hand some of the secret behaviours that happen after dark. From shark mating in the early evening (not for the faint hearted!) or seeing a male seahorse giving birth at dawn – there are so many unforgettable scenes that we can’t wait to share with the public,” added Chris Brown.

The night time tours are a great chance for animal lovers, night owls or anyone who is keen to explore the aquarium from a different perspective to really see what happens after dark.

Places are limited so fishy fans are recommended to book early! If the tours prove to be as popular, the aquarium will look to make this unique experience a more permanent offering that everyone can enjoy.

With over 1.7 million litres of water, Day and Night on the Reef will be the largest Great Barrier Reef display in the world and will take guests on a colourful journey of the world-famous treasure. From the breathtaking magic and beauty of the world’s largest coral garden and the rainbow colours of tropical fish during the day, through to a bioluminescent ocean that glows under guest’s footsteps at night – it’s a sensory experience that is sure to excite.

For turtle lovers, a state-of-the art, animated projection map showcases the life-cycle of a turtle; from nesting until the birth of the new hatchlings, where guests have the chance to interact with virtual baby turtles and guide them safely to the water’s edge.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium hopes its guests will see this as an opportunity to really experience the beauty of the reef and understand some of the threats it faces. Please visit the SEA LIFE Trust to find out more about how you can help the reef:

How to secure your ticket:

  • Tickets to this once in a lifetime opportunity, tickets are just $24
  • Guests can book places on the guided tours, here: – places are limited so we recommend booking early!
  • Guided tour times: 8pm, 12am, 2am and 4am
  • Ticket price includes aquarium entry, one hour guided tour, goodie bag and snacks

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