Ok so some people might think that I am a cheap skate but I try to plan our family outings (if it involves heading into the City by train) on a Sunday so we can take advantage of the Sunday Family Fun Day. With a $2.50 ticket that covers the whole day of trains, ferries and (I think) some buses, you can’t go wrong.
On a recent Sunday, we were up early to catch a train and the Manly ferry across Sydney Harbour so we could visit Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. It was the last place on our list of attractions looked after by Merlin Entertainments Group. We had already visited Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, WildLife Sydney, Madam Tussauds and Sydney Tower Eye.
I think I might have mentioned a time or two that if the water is choppy, I don’t handle it very well and get a bit nervous. We were lucky to get a good day and the ferry ride was uneventful. So, I’m a chicken. Don’t judge me.
Armed with a map, I wanted to head straight up to Penguin Cove, but I figured we’d better check out everything.
Heading downstairs, we joined the tunnel tour. I don’t know about you but I love listening to the talks. As do my kids. While the other kids in the tour group rush through the tunnel, my kids stand and listen to what the tour guide has to say about the sea life that live there.
That turtle was friggin’ huge! And because the glass apparently makes the animals looks smaller than they actually are, that turtle and the sharks in there are pretty impressive.
Can you imagine coming across a shark with a jaw that size? I can’t because there is no way you will find me in open water. Ever.
Unless it is on a cruise ship. But that is another blog post.
After browsing the aquariums and touching shark eggs and sea anemone, we finally headed up to the Penguin Cove.
I could have sat there and watched them for ages. And who knew that these little fairy penguins are the noisiest breed of penguin?!
We sat and listened to the penguin talk.
Have you ever been on a tour and the tour guide just droned on and on boringly? That didn’t happen here. The two young women that lead the talks we listened to were both very friendly and informative. And spoke in a way that was enjoyable for adults and kids.
Did you know that there currently is a little penguin family living under Manly Wharf? And that there is a group of lovely people who volunteer their time daily to make sure that these penguins are safe? How cool is that?!
This little guy in the photo below was SO funny! He stood there, considering whether he was going to jump in or not, then would walk off the rock, only to come back again and tease the audience. We didn’t see him jump in. He walked off the rock and ended up sliding into the water from the beach side. Heh.
I think I would love to be a penguin handler when I grow up. How cool would it be looking after these gorgeous little beings?
Oh, and if this photo isn’t proof that I actually enjoyed the ferry ride back to Circular Quay, then nothing does
A huge thank you to Merlin Entertainments Group for inviting us as guests to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. We had a great time! x
Tell me, have you been to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary? Do you think penguins are as awesome as I think they are? What’s YOUR favourite sea animal?