Your window to the Solitary Islands

A window into the unique marine environment of the Coffs Coast awaits you at the Solitary Islands Aquarium. Discover what makes the Coffs Coast so special through our series of aquariums, guided tours and visual displays.

Dive in without getting wet and see animals that call the Coffs Coast home, including colourful clownfish darting amongst the waving tentacles of sea anemone, crayfish and sea urchins slowly cruising over rocks and ledges, the beautiful, but poisonous lionfish gracefully looking for its next meal, and brilliantly coloured angelfish, tangs and butterfly fish gliding over iridescent corals.

Located at the National Marine Science Centre next to the Pacific Bay Resort complex and open every Saturday and Sunday and every day during the NSW school holidays from 10am to 4pm, a visit to the Aquarium will be a memorable and enriching experience for all ages.

All areas of the aquarium are fully wheelchair accessible.

  • Aquariums with exciting local species
  • Touch tank – get up close and personal with a sea star, sea urchins and sea cucumbers
  • Theatrette showcasing locally produced marine videos
  • Games and activities for children
  • Microscopes, hands on displays and information on the biology and geology of the Coffs Coast
  • Guided tours with a qualified marine guide
  • Theme-based exhibits and talks

Solitary Islands Aquarium

Visitors to the Solitary Islands Aquarium will have a great opportunity to learn about the fantastic creatures of our Coffs Coast through guided tours and special presentations throughout the day.

Visitors when they come to the National Marine Science Centre are also learning about some of the research that we're doing here at the centre which is discussing or highlighting issues of climate change, plastic pollutions and some of the solutions that our researchers are coming up with.

People love interacting with our various animals within the aquarium including our octopus and hermit crabs and we even have a touch pool where they really get to really get up close and personal with some of those creatures.

Dive in and join us at the Solitary Islands Aquarium and learn more about the unique marine environment of the Coffs Coast.