Our travels with 3 kids and a wheelchair.

Month: December 2016

World Bites Box

World Bites Box

World Bites box takes you around the world each month through a snack journey! Without a doubt one of the highlights of travel is trying new foods. Whenever we explore new destinations the kids love going to the local store and discovering new snacks and […]

Sky high in Melbourne.

Sky high in Melbourne.

Eureka Skydeck. I think we have found the best way to discover Melbourne! Head up! You can gain amazing views of this fabulous city and really get your groundings for when you explore the city streets. Eureka Skydeck is located in the Eureka Tower building […]

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

SEA LIFE  Aquarium in Melbourne is situated on the banks of the Yarra River and the perfect place to explore with kids. My kids love places where they can do some hands on learning and the Aquarium did not disappoint.

We arrived at opening at 930am to enjoy the quieter crowds. Upon receiving our entry pass the kids received a diving passport which they could stamp on their way around the aquarium. This really helped keep Woody (5) engaged for the whole experience. Pepper (8) and Cooper (11) helped Woody read the facts on the sheet and all the kids could use the machine to stamp their passport.

Melbourne Sealife Aquarium
Stamping the Dive Passport

The first area is a hands on experience where the kids got to touch and feel sea stars, shark eggs and shells. We learnt so much in this area and it was a highlight of our morning. We would love to see more areas like this in the future!

Did you know that sharks under 3m long usually lay an egg that then hatches? Bigger sharks of course give birth to live young. The staff were great in answering all our questions!

Melbourne Sealife Aquarium
Learning about shark eggs

The Aquarium is easy to move around and there are lots of signs to help you to go in the right direction so you don’t miss anything. There are a total of 12 zones covering marine life, mangroves, crocodiles and penguins.

Melbourne Sealife Aquarium
Hands on learning

Wheelchair users have access to lifts and great signage too.

Melbourne Sealife Aquarium
Signage for lift access

The final stop on the adventure is to see the Penguins. We all loved this so much and could have sat at watched them all day. They are the cutest animals jumping and diving and swimming. We were mesmerised!

Melbourne Sealife Aquarium
Penguins Swimming

We spent the whole morning here until midday ( 3.5hours) and then headed into the city centre for lunch.

Extra Information:

Access to the Aquarium is a nice walk down from Flinders Street station or you could also park over the river at Crown.

Wheelchair access throughout the building is great. There are lifts to access every area.

Cooper was able to get up close and personal in all areas with big glass viewing areas.

Accessible bathrooms on site.

The first area where you touch and feel the sea stars has a small step around it. Staff are on hand to support everyone to access the experience.

There are plenty of bathrooms and parent rooms.

Cafe on site.

Play area with drawing and daily shows.

For tickets and pricing head here.

  • *Melbourne Sea life hosted our visit and as always all opinions are our own.

Summer Sunshine at Oaks Calypso Plaza.

Summer Sunshine at Oaks Calypso Plaza.

We said goodbye to the boys in Melbourne and Pepper and I jumped on a plane heading North to the sunshine. In just 2 hours we went from wet raining Melbourne to warm, humid Queensland. The ideal weekend getaway. A whole weekend just her and […]