New South Wales
Manly Sea Life Sanctuary has played a huge part in many Australians’ lives and memories, but it’s set to close its doors in January 2018. Here are all the attractions we recommend catching while you have the chance!
An orphan from a young age, Wuru is the younger of the two dugongs which call SEA LIFE Sydney home, and currently weighs four times the size of the average NRL player. Wuru has called SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium home for the past nine years after being transferred from her sunny home state. Due to habitat loss, pollution and boat strikes, dugongs are currently listed as vulnerable in the wild and Wuru and Pig serve as dugong ambassadors for SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium to help educate the public on the precious species and allow visitors to get up close and personal with the aquatic giants.
The adorable penguins have started nesting up for what hopes to be a successful first breeding season at the Sydney attraction. For Gentoo penguins, the males search through piles of pebbles to find the smoothest, most perfect one, which he then presents it to his intended companion. If the female approves, she puts the stone in her nest and they’re well on their way to becoming new penguin parents.
The majestic penguins are part of a world first-of-its-kind Penguin Expedition experience where guests can get up close and personal to the spectacular colony of penguins in a Macquarie Island-inspired exhibit. The experience creates an explorer out of each and every guest as they travel in a raft through a rugged sub-Antarctic environment.
Sydney’s resident King (and Gentoo penguins) can be seen having their “flip-tacular” health checks in their Penguin Expedition display. With the help of keepers, Sydney’s only colony of King and Gentoo penguins patiently wait as to have weights recorded as part of the health check. Operating daily, guests can also get up and close personal with the Gentoo and King penguins, as part of the Darling Harbour attraction’s Penguin Passport. The exclusive experience includes a guided tour of the aquarium, a behind-the-scenes look at Penguin Expedition and the chance to go on the ice with the penguins.
Want even more ideas for things to do? Check out the NSM What’s On: Weekend section… we’re always adding new local events around the North Shore!