A cosmopolitan and multicultural city, Melbourne offers an exciting adventure that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. This colourful city has a wide array of family friendly attractions and one such site of interest that should not be missed when on a visit here is the Melbourne Aquarium.

Offering a fun, educational and not forgetting entertaining experience, this well known attraction features thousands of marine and aquatic animals from around the world. Located along the Yarra River, the Melbourne Aquarium can be found across from the Crown Entertainment Complex and is easily accessible from the Southern Cross and Flinders train stations.

Divided into four themed sections, this aquarium offers countless hours of sightseeing fun. If you love penguins then make your way to the Antarctica section where the antics and fascinating behaviour of Gentoo and King penguins are sure to keep you enthralled. The section also features interactive displays and a variety of other exhibits that help you get a better understanding of life in this frozen wilderness. Not to be missed are the daily feeding of these adorable Antarctic creatures.

More adventure awaits at the River to Reef section which takes you on an unforgettable journey across two separate levels featuring mysterious caves, scenic waterfalls and floor-to-ceiling displays. Speartooth sharks, catfish, rainbow fish and turtles are among the inhabitants of these areas along with sea jellies and Japanese spider crabs!

A unique attraction at the Melbourne Aquarium is the Seahorse Pier where you will find the biggest seahorse collection in the world including seadragons and the big-bellied seahorse. This is also where you can see and learn more about the Weedy Seadragon breeding program.

The Sharks Alive section lets you witness the beauty and grace of the ocean’s most fearsome though misunderstood predator, the shark. Sandbar whalers and grey nurse sharks are among the species that can be seen here, while those with nerves of steel can sign up for Shark Dive Xtreme that lets you get up close with these creatures of the deep!

Those looking for well placed Melbourne serviced accommodation from which to explore the city including this attraction can stay at Citadines on Bourke Melbourne. This Melbourne serviced apartment features contemporary comforts and makes for an ideal home away from home.

Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.