Visitors to the relaunched Sydney Aquarium can now come face-to-fin with the world’s largest variety of sharks and rays.
The Shark Walk, a 100-metre glass walkway, allows guests to pass within centimetres of more than 50 sharks, including grey nurse, lemon and Port Jackson sharks and wobbegongs.
Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore this week opened the doors to the attraction, which is now known as SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, following its $10 million, nine-month overhaul.
With more than 70 exhibits of 700 species and 13,000 animals in 8 million litres of water, it is one of the world’s largest aquariums.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is also home to Australia’s best-known marine animals, including the platypus, little penguins and dugongs.
More than 300 animals were moved to temporary homes during the refurbishment.
Cr Moore said: “For more than 20 years Sydney Aquarium has been attracting visitors to our city.
“This latest multimillion-dollar transformation puts the aquarium on a global scale. From local families, interstate visitors and people who come to our city from around the world, the relaunch of SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium will be a welcome boost to our local tourism industry.”
There are 14 newly themed areas, including the Tropical Bay of Rays, Discovery Rockpool, Mangrove Swamps, South Coast Shipwreck, Dugong Island and the new Shark Walk.
Shark Valley is dominated by a 20-metre blue whale skeleton among the ruins of an ancient Lost City temple.