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10am - 5pm (Last entry 4pm)
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SEA LIFE Melbourne

Lunar New Year


17 Jan 2020 14:38:46


We are celebrating Lunar New Year and welcoming the Year of the Rat with spectacular underwater dragon dances and other festive activities from 25 January – 2 February.

Watch the vibrant underwater dragon swim alongside the sharks, rays and fish in the 2.2 million litre Oceanarium every day at 1:40pm!

Visit the Penguin Playground – home to SEA LIFE Melbourne’s famous sub-Antarctic King and Gentoo penguins – where you can place your New Year wish on the Wishing Wall.

Create a jellyfish lantern in the new Ocean Invaders zone and pose for two different Lunar New Year photos as you wander through the aquarium.

Go on an enchanting journey with the new Lunar New Year virtual reality experience where you will be dazzled by colourful gems and sparkling waterfalls as you ride on the back of a very talkative dragon!

Listen out for presentations and educational talks in Mandarin and receive a FREE toy by spending $88 in the gift shop or purchasing a kids fish and chips meal from the café.

Guest can also win big with Lucky Money. Open up WeChat at the aquarium, shake your phone and see if you can win up to 888RMB ($188 AUD) in Alipay cash!

More Information 

Underwater Dragon Dance

This performance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture, most often seen in festive celebrations. This unique, underwater dance is performed by a team of divers manipulating a long flexible figure of a dragon, simulating the movements of this river spirit in a sinuous.

Where and when: Oceanarium every day at 1:40pm.


Free Lunar New Year Craft activities

Create your own jellyfish lantern or colouring in jellyfish at new Ocean Invaders Creative space, the Wonder Room.

Where and when: Ocean Invaders every day, 11am – 2pm


Wishing Wall

Share your greatest wish for the Year of the Rat at our Penguin wishing wall! Wishing Walls are a Lunar New Year tradition where visitors can write down wishes for the new year and then pin them to the wall with others for good luck.

Where and when: Antarctica, all day


Lunar new Year photo fun

Guests can pose for an exclusive Lunar New Year photo in the Penguin Playground to share with friends and family.

Where and when: Antarctica, all day


Lunar New year kids lunch special

Chow down on our delicious fish and chips Lunar New Year kids meal and receive mini penguin! $13.90 each.

Where and when: Café, 10:30am-3:30pm everyday


New Lunar New Year virtual reality experience

Let Tilly take you on an enchanting flight around her magical home. You will be dazzled by colourful gems and sparkling waterfalls as you ride on the back of this very talkative dragon!

Where and when: Coral caves, all day


SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium store

During the Lunar New Year event, spend $88 and receive a SEA LIFE Trust penguin (valued at $17!)

Where and when: SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium store, all day


WeChat Lucky Money

Win Lucky Money up to 888 RMB everyday over Lunar New Year. Open up WeChat, shake your phone and see if you can win up to 888 RMB in WeChat money!

Where and when: Admissions, all day (20 January – 5 February)


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