Open Daily | Tours Run Throughout The Day (Last Tour 3.30pm) | Tours Include Shark Feeding | Under 4 FREE | Family Pass | Cafe/Restaurant (Licensed) | Kids Meals
Ocean Park aquarium is located on Shark Bay road, 8km south of Denham and 30km from Monkey Mia. The turnoff is clearly signposted on the road and the entrance road is sealed, making it accessible to all vehicle types. It's open daily 9am - 5pm daily (last tour 3.30pm).
Tours of the aquarium run regularly and are included
in the entry price. Tours take between 45mins - 1 hour and run continuously throughout the day. As soon as we had entered and paid, we were able to join in
on a tour group that had just started. The aquarium is fairly small and there
are limited information boards, so I highly recommend joining in on a tour
which are run by qualified marine scientists.
During the tour we were taken around each of the aquarium tanks and given a very in-depth but entertaining talk on all the different types of marine animals that can be found in the Shark Bay Marine Park. We saw Moray eels, lots of different fish, stonefish, a turtle, stingrays and of course Sharks!
The tour ends with a shark feeding at one of the large
outside pools. The tour guide feeds the
shark with some fish on the end of a pole, which gets the shark coming out of
the water. There is a bridge over the shark feeding so everyone has a chance to
get a good, close up look at the shark and all of its teeth.
Each tour runs for between 45 minutes and 1 hour, and the sharks are fed hourly. My 4 year old struggled to listen for the entire tour, but my 6 year old loved it and absorbed lots of the information.
After the tour (or before) you can wander around the aquarium at your own pace. We found we had already spent so much time at each tank during the tour we had no need to go back and have another look
There’s a café onsite, serving up delicious breakfasts, lunches, coffees and cake. The outdoor dining area has views over the water and is very casual and relaxed. We ordered coffee and cake after our tour, and we were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. We liked the food so much, we came back later in the week just to have lunch (no entry fees to pay if you are just dining at the café). The cafe is open from 9am - 3pm daily.
This was one of the best tours I have been on. Our
tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the Shark Bay
marine wildlife and presented the information in an enjoyable way. If you are
in the Shark Bay
area, I highly recommend having a look at Ocean Park Aquarium.
More information: www.oceanpark.com.au
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Review by Kids Around Perth Reporter Candice, 21st October 2017
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