Planning Your Excursion
SEA LIFE Melbourne's Education programs are available every weekday during the Victorian school term.
With a range of options available you will be able to develop the perfect day out of the classroom.
Centrally located on the bank of the Yarra River in Melbourne’s CBD the aquarium is easy to get to either via public transport or bus, with short term parking available.
Before your Visit
PLANNING YOUR VISIT
Review our Teacher Planning Guide before your excursion.
- If using a worksheet, please print copies for your students prior to your visit.
- Guided groups will be advised of the number of groups to organise students into when booking. Please split your students as evenly as possible into groups of no more than 30 each in preparation for your tour.
WHAT TO BRING
- Students participating in programs with work sheets (OCEAN TEEN: Classification and OCEAN Teen: Food Webs) need to bring along a pen, clipboard and a copy of the work sheet.
FAMILIARIZE STUDENTS WITH THE EXCURSION
- Download a copy of our social scripts here.
When booking, have a couple of dates and times in mind in case we are already booked up on your desired day.
Let our Bookings Officer know as much as possible about the group, including numbers and if there are any special needs students.
Aim to book your excursion as early as possible to ensure that you get your desired date and time.
On The Day
ENTRY TO THE AQUARIUM BEFORE OR AFTER YOUR SESSION
Students will experience all of the exhibits in the aquarium during the allocated 2 hour session. School groups are not permitted to enter the Aquarium before or after their session as those times are allocated to other school groups. Please note that this includes access to facilitites such as toilets.
We do not have storage available for Guided or Self Guided groups. Students need to carry their bags with them throughout the day.
All groups will have access to toilets at the start and end of their session. Access to toilets is unavailable outside of these times.
FOOD & WATER
Due to health and safety regulations, we do not allow excursion groups to eat or drink within the building. We do not presently have water bubblers available for students to use. Students may bring water bottles if required.
We recommend visiting one of our neighbouring parks to snack before the commencement of the tour and to eat lunch after. In the case of extreme weather conditions our staff will make provisions for young students to eat inside. In addition, students are not permitted to make any purchases from our café. For older students, there are a range of food options off-site in the area
AQUARIUM SHOP POLICY
All school groups will exit the building via the Aquarium store. If students are shopping please limit the group to a maximum of 10 students at a time, fully supervised.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is located on the corner of Flinders and King Streets in Melbourne - ideally situated on the edge of the Yarra River, opposite the Crown Entertainment Complex.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium can be accessed via either Flinders or Spencer Street stations. For further information, please contact Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 or visit ptv.vic.gov.au
The SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium tram stop is located on the free City Circle Tram route and also routes 70 and 75. City Circle trams run every 10 minutes in both directions.
The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle is a FREE bus service, stopping at key tourist attractions and destinations in and around the City. Running daily, every 15 minutes from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
For further information on bus, train and tram services please contact Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 or visit ptv.vic.gov.au
ARRIVAL AND ENTRY
Guided groups: SEA LIFE education staff will be meet the group at the student entrance located on king Street five minutes before the commencement of their program. Out teaching staff will greet the group, take final numbers for the invoice and lead them into the building.
Self Guided groups: The leading teacher needs to report to the Customer Service Desk at the Flinders Street main entrance to confirm numbers. Staff there will provide guidance for how the students should enter the building.
A 15 minute drop off and pick up zone is available for buses on Flinders Street and Aquarium Drive, however, places cannot be guaranteed.
Buses waiting for school groups must then move elsewhere and return to pick up. Special needs schools with mini buses and Disabled Persons Parking Permit may request a parking pass with the Bookings Officer, subject to availability.
Arrival: Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes early to snack before your excursion in a nearby park, or at least 10 minutes early if students will have already snacked. Please also account for any traffic you may encounter during your journey as we are not able to extend excursion finishing times.
Departure: Allow an extra 10 minutes for students to exit the building before boarding the bus home.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium's Education guided sessions are available every weekday during the Victorian school term at the following times:
10.00am, 11.30am and 1.30pm
School Term: Sessions are available at 11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Maximum of 90 students at a time.
School Holidays: Sessions are available at any time from 9.30am to 4pm with a maximum of 90 students.
Bookings and Enquiries
School Excursions FAQ
Guided tour and Self-Guided tours are allocated 2 hours.
For Self-Guided Groups 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. We will split your group into appropriate sizes for Guided Groups.
For both Guided and Self-guided the minimum is 10 students and the maximum is 90 students. For special needs groups the minimum is 5 students.
Buses can drop off and pick up students from the bus bay in Aquarium Drive. Buses cannot park here longer than 15 minutes.
Yes, teachers can visit SEA LIFE Melbourne to prepare for their booked excursion. Requests for this visit must be made through the bookings officer, and a VIT card should be shown on arrival.