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The magical world of Merlin Entertainments is set to re-open their Darling Harbour attractions to guests on 1st June!

May 27, 2020 Attraction No Comments

 In line with the Australian Government’s recent announcement allowing zoos and aquariums to begin trading again, Merlin Entertainments is thrilled to announce the re-opening of their Darling Harbour attractions; SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds Sydney on 1st June.

The iconic Darling Harbour attractions will once again welcome guests to experience their magic with extra measures in place to ensure peace of mind, health and safety.

These hygiene and safety measures include actions such as becoming completely cashless operations, lowering capacity limits with allocated time-slots for guests, the use of additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and clothing for staff, the provision of spatial separation markings, the installation of hygiene screens in various areas, enhanced cleaning regimes and other similar operating adjustments around the attractions.

“We are incredibly pleased to welcome the public back into our attractions and do what we do best; create opportunities for magical memories for all,” said Rob Smith, Divisional Director for Merlin Entertainments APAC.

“Of course, safety is our number one priority and we won’t put that at risk, so we feel extremely confident to take this next step. Our established infrastructure, experience and operations mean we have the right measures and policies in place to re-open safely to protect our staff and guests”.

Since Government restrictions meant the closure of Merlin’s NSW sites on 23rd March 2020, the attractions were the first to establish the ‘virtual’ aquarium and zoo, bringing the magic of the attractions into living rooms across Australia. From quokka cuddles, flippin’ good penguin times, Friday story time and feeding time with funnel web spiders and salt-water crocs; Merlin Entertainments took Australians on new adventures every day from the comfort of their own home. Now, with the doors set to re-open, guests are invited to visit their animal and wax friends and re-ignite their passion for outdoor adventure and experiences.

Commenting on the importance of re-opening to the public Rob continued, “Re-opening our doors will allow for households to enjoy a quality, fun and educational time in the attraction’s indoor and outdoor environments at a time when people are going to need a fun day out more than ever. As a company we exist to make people happy. Now in particular our role is so important to families and the wider community as they start to look forward to a brighter future where they can enjoy time together making memorable experiences. Also, all guests will need to book online and in advance so they don’t miss out!”

Merlin Entertainments have been hard at work gearing up to return to business with the below on offer across the Darling Harbour attractions:

  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium: Fall in love all over again with ‘Sydney’s Aquarium’ right in the heart of Sydney. Meet the best of Australia’s marine life AND the stars of the attraction’s famous live streams which have kept thousands of families entertained whilst the attraction has been closed.  Journey through the aquarium to visit Manly’s Little Penguin colony, up the Queensland coast to meet Pig the dugong, see Sydney’s only sub-Antarctic penguin colony inspired by Australia’s Macquarie Island and then escape to the Great Barrier Reef inspired Day and Night on the Reef zone. The animals can’t wait to be greeted by their friends again!
  • WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo: Now is your chance to meet the stars of our iconic live streams which have kept thousands of families entertained whilst the attraction has been closed, including the Aussie Big Five!! Go on an Aussie Adventure at the Darling Harbour zoo, home to our iconic Aussie characters such as Ringo the wombat, Davey the quokka, Rocky the Saltwater Croc and our furry family of koalas and kangaroos!
  • Madame Tussauds Sydney: Harry and Megan have been busy preparing to move out of the attraction’s Royal experience and are looking forward to partying it up in their new A-list home in the company of Chris Hemsworth, Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt. Be sure to visit them in the Party Zone at the Darling Harbour attraction but don’t forget that the sporting heroes, superheros and even Bollywood superstars also can’t wait to see you again!

With the Merlin Annual Pass, guests can lock in 12 months of unlimited fun across 10 attractions in Australia and New Zealand. For more information or to book online and save, visit any of the below attractions:

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium:  

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo:          

Madame Tussauds Sydney:  

Sydney Tower Eye:                

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