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  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)
From AUD 199.00

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Get closer to penguins than most people ever will! At the Melbourne Aquarium, a unique penguin encounter will have you sitting on the ice with the penguins and enjoying exclusive behind-the-scenes access. This is the closest you will get to seeing how penguins live in a natural environment. Until you make it to Antarctica, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


  • All necessary equipment included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small group ensures personal service
If you are a fan of the movie Happy Feet or a general animal-lover, this is the tour for you. The penguin encounter and behind-the-scenes tour at the Melbourne Aquarium is a unique look into the lives of King and Gentoo penguins in a well-simulated natural Antarctic habitat. This state-of-the-art facility is home to the tall and majestic King Penguins and the smaller, cheeky Gentoo Penguins.

This is no ordinary tour – you won’t be standing with your nose pressed up against the glass, but actually sitting on the ice among the penguins, watching them slip and slide on the snow-covered ice and play in the cool waters of their pool.

Watch how the penguins’ food is prepared, see where they sleep and look inside the veterinary clinic where the penguins go for checkups.

Your expert guide will give you exclusive behind-the-scenes access, show you how the aquarium maintains the sub-zero temperatures to keep the ice firm and the penguins happy, and answer any questions that you may have.

The Antarctic display is one of the highlights of a visit to the award-winning Melbourne Aquarium. Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest continent on Earth.Through interactive and stunning visual displays you will learn about the history, culture and scientific work conducted, and you’ll experience the life of an early explorer and the hardships they endured.

See below for more information on the penguins.

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Melbourne Aquarium
Departure Time:
45 minutes (approx.)

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Penguin Passport at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Penguin Passport at SEA LIFE

  • All use of equipment (ski suit, footwear, gloves)
  • Hot chocolate voucher redeemable at the Aquarium Cafe
    • Entry into Melbourne Aquarium for guests viewing the experience (separate entry will need to be paid)
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities (optional)
    Additional Information:
    • Minimum age is 14 years
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Restrictions apply for participation
    About the Penguins

    King Penguins: Immortalized by the film Happy Feet, King Penguins are one of the most visually stunning animals in the Antarctic, with vibrant plumage and yellow-orange spots near their ears and on their necks. They are about3 feet (90 centimeters) tall and weigh up to 35 pounds (14 kilograms) and eat a diet of mainly fish, some squid and crustaceans. They can be found on many sub-Antarctic islands, including Prince Edward, Macquarie and South Georgia.

    Gentoo Penguins: Although not as tall or regal as their King Penguin cousins, the Gentoo Penguin is one of the cutest, with orange feet, a reddish-orange bill and white patches over the top of their eyes. They are also the fastest swimmers of all the penguins, reaching speeds of up to 21 miles (35 kilometers) per hour. They are about 3 feet (90 centimeters) tall and weigh up to 11 pounds (5kilograms) and eat small fish and krill. Their main habitat is the Falkland Islands, but they can also be found on the Kerguelen Isles and South Georgia.

    Important Information:
    To maintain the health of the penguins and their environment, please adhere to the below conditions relating to participating in the tour.
    You must:
    • Be 14 years or older to participate
    • NOT have had contact with birds in the last 24 hours
    • Be able to navigate stairs
    • NOT have suffered from a flu/cold/gastro/respiration infection in the last 48 hours
    • NOT wear jewelry or watches or take mobile phones or cameras on the tour
    Local Operator Information:
    Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

    Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 20 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: Sheila K, August 2016

    Exciting afternoon tour. We were introduced to the Penguins after learning about their care, feeding schedule and a look at their 'penguin hospital'. We were in the exhibit and up close with the Penguins. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by: Kristie S, November 2015

    This tour was simply amazing!!! If you have even the slightest interest in animals, you need to do this! You can't touch them, but the penguins are only a few cm's away from you. You get about 30mins with them, plus about another 30mins learning about how they are taken care of, their names, where they go to be weighed and treated for any ailments, all their food, and learn about their behaviours. Its truly fascinating!