Planning Your Excursion
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Education programs are available every weekday during the NSW school term.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium school excursions provide place-based and curriculum aligned learning.
We've pulled together the below information to make an excursion to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium easier than any other.
Centrally located in the centre of Sydney’s Darling Harbour precinct, the aquarium is easy to get to either via public transport or bus, with short term parking available.
Before Your Visit
- Enjoy a complimentary visit in order to plan your excursion and complete a risk assessment. Please request your complimentary visit from our Education Manager. Requests must be submitted one week in advance, Monday to Friday during the Education Office hours 9am-5pm. Please note, that during Christmas school holidays, the Education Office hours are reduced and requests must be submitted two weeks in advance. One visit per year is permitted.
- Use the online booking form to book your excursion as soon as possible to ensure the dates you would like are still available. Please note, your booking is NOT confirmed until you have been contacted by a booking agent. Make sure you have a few dates in mind when booking as some periods are busier than others.
- Bookings are essential and should be made at least two weeks in advance.
- Consider adding on a fully guided educational tour or food & beverage options to help make the day run even smoother.
- Payment is made in advance by school cheque or credit card. Students cannot pay individually and payment cannot be made on the day.
Prepare Study Materials
We have a range of study materials available for download on this website.
On The Day
- Bus - A bus drop off area is available behind the Aquarium on Wheat Road and bus parking is available nearby at the King Street Wharf coach layover. Privately owned school buses are not permitted to use the layover area as this is not property owned by SEA LIFE Sydney.
- Train - If you are travelling with your students by train, the closest train stations are either Town Hall or Wynyard, both a short 10 minute walk to the aquarium.
- Car - SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium offers all guests cheap parking deals close to Darling Harbour. Just remember to validate your parking ticket at the front desk before you leave.
Arrival and entry
- Make sure you arrive 30 mins prior to your scheduled visit time in order to make sure you and your students can be chaperoned through the arrival process including a welcome from our guest experience staff, bathroom visit, ticket collection and to have a snack if necessary.
- Bathrooms are available in the foyer of the aquarium and should be used before you start your tour.
- Your tickets can be picked up from the front desk by the teacher and then students will be permitted to enter the attraction. Students do not need to line up if pre-booked. They can be seated near the front desk along Darling Harbour foreshore comfortably.
Recess and lunch
- There are a number of public areas located within Darling Harbour around the attraction that are suitable for large groups to sit down and have lunch. For health and safety regulations food should not be consumed in the aquarium.
Bookings and Enquiries
Contact our education booking team to make a school excursion booking.
1-800-195-650 or click here to email us
You can also request a booking using our online excursion booking form.
School Excursions FAQ
There are currently two options teachers can choose to use when coming to an excursion to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. The options are: self-guided tour using our suggested worksheets or your own worksheets to guide the students around the aquarium. The other is the SEA LIFE OCEAN Guided Tours - this is a 60 minute interactive tour with your own education officer. This class is an additional cost to your entry ticket.
On average a self-guided school excursion takes around 1.5 hours to see all areas in the attraction. This time can vary depending on how you plan your visit, which marine talks you want to see and if your students are completing worksheets.
We highly recommend when possible to break your large group into smaller groups of 10 with a leader and another teacher to help look after the group. This allows for spreading out your school so that not all the students are trying to see the same exhibit at the same time.
If you have divided your students into smaller groups there are several areas in the aquarium where we suggest you can all meet up as a whole group again. These spots are also good places to have morning tea and lunch breaks with your students. Dugong Island deck and Reef Theatre are great areas to regroup, take a break and mark the roll.
Our SEA LIFE OCEAN Program Guided Tours are conducted throughout the aquarium at different exhibits. On arrival at the aquarium your education officer will meet you at the admissions desk and take your first group into the aquarium.
Yes, due to limited space in the SEA LIFE aquarium we have a maximum class size of 30 - 40 students depending on their age.
The guided tours for schools run for approx. 60min in total. The session times that you can book for these classes are at 10am each day, Monday to Friday during school term.
Buses can drop off and pick up students from the bus bays behind the aquarium on Wheat Road, Darling Harbour. For all day parking buses can park for free at the King Street Wharf Coach layover parking which is found off Lime Street if they are a tourist bus. Private school buses will need to find parking in other locations. Please note that buses cannot pick up and drop off from this location.
Yes, we encourage teachers to visit to help plan and prepare your risk assessment and become familiar with the aquarium layout. This provides you with the opportunity to view the attraction and get familiar with the different exhibits, places to eat and what to see before you bring your students. Please request your visit from our Education Manager one week prior to your visit.