Shark + Ray Encounter
- Wildlife Encounter
- Zoos & Aquariums
All ages encounter with curious and friendly sharks and rays!
If you love the marine world, or your little one is curious about sharks and rays, Irukandji is something special as you have the ability to meet, pet and feed the marine wildlife as you share the lagoon with them.
Wade into the shallow water of the undercover lagoons in bare feet, surrounded by the sharks and rays the perfect way to level up your admiration for these misunderstood creatures.
On the way in or out, take a moment to discover their indoor aquarium perfect for a moment of tropical fish spotting, plus you’ll find plenty of fun photo opportunities from start to finish at this recently upgraded facility.
By choosing experiences over new toys or games more often as a gift or treat, you are contributing to a sustainable future by reducing plastic consumption and waste. Impacts of choosing experiences for kids and families extend threefold – Healthy Planet. Supporting Local. Active Kids.
- All ages are welcome from 0-100 years old, it fits everybody in their own special way
- No need to be able to swim, so swimming is involved. For swimming options please see the snorkels.
- The Entry Pass is available every 20 minutes from 9am till 3.40pm, please check availability, school holidays book out early!
- Please allow about 2 hours however you may stay all day if you wish
Child Friendly Dining
Irukandji: light snacks are available, however you are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy under the trees.
- Opening Hours:
- Accessibility: Friendly for wheelchair and pram users. Accessible bathrooms also available near the entrance.
- Family Facilities: Baby change table available in the accessible toilets. Kids playground available on-site.
- Car Parking: Plenty of free carparking available, located on Jessie Road, right near the Port Stephens Drive roundabout on Nelson Bay Road.
- What to Bring: Hats, REEF-FRIENDLY sunscreen, cameras (underwater cameras are great!), clothes (t-shirts & shorts or skirts that can stay dry in the shallows, Only bring swimwear or spare underwear for those choosing the wetsuit option and for all encounters and snorkels. Your own prescription mask set- note though we do allow it you will need to allow extra time before your experience for us to clean/soak your snorkel in solution to ensure it is free from any nasties.
- What NOT to bring: Swimwear or rashie/clothes to swim in without a wetsuit (staying dry clothing or wetsuit must be worn in lagoons, not swimwear alone), non-reef friendly sunscreen, your own wetsuits or water shoes- because they could introduce toxins to our lagoons and we limit the items going in, especially neoprene which can harbour marine life from the ocean and cannot be cleaned in a hurry.