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Offering 12 innovative field and laboratory based activities for all school students

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Your window to the Solitary Islands, Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour

What our visitors say:

“Great aquarium”

The Solitary Islands Aquarium is only a small aquarium but it's very informative and the tanks are beautiful. Our four year old son had a great time searching for the creatures.

“Very interactive”

We spent about an hour and a half at the aquarium. Very interactive and the staff are incredibly informative. Highly recommend to break up a long trip.

“Perfect family activity”

This is a great activity for the holiday visit to Coffs. The kids get to see feelings and touch sea creatures. An informative movie is great to learn about the regions marine ecosystem.

“So beautiful”

It's amazing to see all the fish and sea creatures they were all so colour and it was a great day with the teens as well, so it was fun.

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Solitary Islands Aquarium

1 month 20 hours ago

Special Exhibit at the Solitary Islands Aquarium

Follow in the footsteps of renowned
Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton

Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica panel display opens 10 November at the Solitary Islands Aquarium, National Marine Science Centre and runs until 16 December.

It’s one of the greatest survival stories of all time and now, over 100 years later, a new panel display on tour from the Australian National Maritime Museum invites visitors to walk in the footsteps of famous Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and discover his epic voyage of survival for themselves.

Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica, brings together first-hand accounts and dramatic images by official expedition photographer Australian Frank Hurley to tell the compelling story of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17 and his bid to stay alive.

Shackleton set out in August 1914 with a bold plan to be the first to cross Antarctica’s vast interior. His strategy was to have two parties working from opposite sides of the continent. He would lead the Weddell Sea crossing party while a second Ross Sea supply party would lay critical rations ahead of him.

Both ships were ultimately lost to their crews (one crushed and the other wrenched away by the ice), Shackleton’s party would never even touch the continent they hoped to cross, and the other would be marooned on it, desperately sledging across hundreds of kilometres of ice to lay depots for the party which would never come.

Entry Ticket Pricing

Admission prices are:

$12 for adults

$8 for children

$10 for concession; and

$30 for a family of up to 4 people
(2 adults/2 children)

Children under 3 are free.

Annual Pass Program

School and tour group bookings are available during the week upon request. Call 02 6648 3918.

Opening Hours

Saturday: 10am-4pm

Sunday: 10am-4pm

Every day during NSW School Holidays


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