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Irukandji Entry Pass with Shallow Encounter + Shark Food

Rated 4.1 out of 5.0 from 664 reviews.
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Guided tour

Enjoy the unique experience of getting close to and feeding a variety of sharks and rays at the interactive Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters aquarium.


  • Venture forth into a natural lagoon-style habitat to interact with the friendly sharks and rays.

  • Share an unforgettable family experience as you meet some incredible marine creatures.

  • See fiddler rays, seahorses, eels, and tawny nurse sharks that grow up to 10 feet long.

  • Learn about the aquarium's marine life on an interactive guided tour.

  • Sate your curiosity by asking questions to the experienced guide.


  • Admission to the aquarium

  • Interactive English-guided tour

  • Shallows encounter with sock hire included

  • Food for the sharks and rays

  • Educational talks and question time

  • Dining area including bring your own picnic


  • The Shark Encounter experience

  • Wetsuits, waders, and water shoes

cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

If you would love to brag to your friends that you have petted and hand-fed sharks, Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters is the place to be! The aquarium offers an immersive experience for you to get close to the resident sharks and rays. After a brief safety training from the expert staff and provision of all necessary equipment, you will wade into the natural lagoon-style habitat. Bend down to pet or feed the affectionate sharks and rays as they glide close to you. You can keep wearing your own clothes so that only your hands and feet get wet, or hire a wetsuit to enjoy the experience in more depth. You will also get to feed the larger species like eagle rays, zebra sharks, and leopard whiprays in the Ray Lagoon. In the Bamboo Shallows exhibit you will discover smaller, but no less interesting, species such as juvenile Port Jackson sharks, tropical fish, seahorses, and eels.

Combine entertainment with learning as you learn about smooth stingrays that can grow over 300 kilograms, through an educational talk with your experienced guide. Visit the Tawny Terrain, where tawny nurse sharks are waiting to make your acquaintance. These sharks spend a long time sleeping, and are sometimes referred to as koalas of the ocean.

Important Information

  • Wetsuits can be hired for an extra $6 per person.

  • Children aged below 12 must be accompanied by an adult in the water at all times.

  • Clothes must be worn on top of swimwear.

  • Only reef-friendly sunscreen is permitted.

  • You can only wade in the water, swimming is not permitted.

  • This attraction is wheelchair accessible.

Discounted Tickets

Infants, children, students, and families with up to 4 adults and 3 children enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).


  • Daily from 9am to 5pm.

  • Time slots are available every 20 minutes from 9am to 3:40pm

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the attraction.

  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification. Students must show a valid student ID.

Ticket Redemption Point

  • You can redeem your ticket directly at the entrance of the attraction: Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters.

  • Address: 2 Jessie Rd, Anna Bay NSW 2316, Australia.

Get Directions to the Redemption Point

Getting There

  • Port Stephens is approximately a 2.5 hr drive North of Sydney on the M1 Motorway.

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Emerald Tiki before Jessie Rd, which is a 4-minute walk from the attraction.

  • Buses #130, #134, and #135 will bring you here.

ratings & reviews

664 Ratings
Lynn Hulston


Jul, 2023
Very informative, but suited to older children. Would have liked the children to have more contact and able to feed the sharks /stingrays. Some families hogged the feeding area so by the time my 2 got a chance they weren't fish weren't interested. Needs more control on access so all kids get an experience.
Matilda Jane Wise


Jun, 2023
Kids loved seeing the stingray and sharks. Guide were very informative and lovely to chat with. Would recommend this to anyone with young children.
Vincenzo Sanna


Jan, 2023
Glad we chose to spend our morning visiting the park. Great experience to see so close rays and sharks.
Sharon Laird


Nov, 2022
Definitely recommend, for kids and adults. So we'll set up and informative
Chantal Donohoe


Oct, 2022
Great experience, we look forward to seeing the new home grow with more marine life!
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