Private tour

New South Wales: Zebra Shark Encounter

Private tour

New South Wales: Zebra Shark Encounter

From US$ 59.11 per person

This incredible experience includes a private encounter with the super friendly, beautiful Zebra Sharks, as well as rays and other Australian sealife.

About this activity

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Have an exclusive private encounter with Irukandji's beautiful Zebra Sharks
  • Learn about the local wildlife and sealife and how to contribute to the conservation effort
  • Go on a tour of the aquarium
Full description
The zebra shark encounter is the perfect family-friendly activity for everyone to enjoy an intimate and thrilling experience with some of the world's most fascinating creatures. Zebra sharks are beautiful tropical reef sharks who have a friendly and affectionate nature and are happy to come and spend some time with you. When you first arrive at Irukandji you will be greeted by a guide who'll provide you with wetsuits to wear during your encounter, then they'll take you out to meet the animals. The zebra shark encounter runs for around 20 minutes and in that time you will be able to get up close and personal with these incredible animals, all the while guided by an experience zoo keeper. When it's finished you'll be free to spend as long as you want exploring the rest of the aquarium and wading in the lagoons.In the shallows of the lagoons you will find yourself surrounded by sharks and rays of different sizes and species. Your guide will hand out food for them as they talk you through their different personalities, habits and needs. Marvel at their unique and affectionate natures and fall in love with each unique individual as they flap around your feet or swim into your lap, looking for attention. Outside of the water you're welcome to check out the different pools that house a variety of species of fish with specific food and information provided at each one. You will get to reach in and interact with the animals as they swim around in their aquatic homes. Every hour a knowledgeable guide will host an educational talk focusing on sharks, rays and marine conservation. They will help to dispel myths about these amazing creatures and offer you practical ways to help protect the oceans and its inhabitants. Afterwards you can rinse off under a warm shower and towel down before heading in for a cruise around the tropical aquarium, watching the clownfish flounce busily around the anenome and the lionfish proudly cruise around their home. Check out the souvenir shop for a large range of sustainable gifts, cute fluffy toys, snacks, cold drinks and hot coffee.
  • Entry to Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters
  • Food for the sharks and rays
  • 20 minute private encounter with the zebra sharks
  • Shallows encounter with wetsuit
  • Souvenir wear & keep socks
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 2 years

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Biodegradable sunscreen

    Not allowed

    • Sunscreen
    • Unaccompanied minors

    Know before you go

    • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times in the water. The adult must purchase a ticket for the encounter as well.
    • Check the website for feeding times. Please arrive 20 minutes before your encounter.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

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    AMAZING!!! Our Host, Noah, was very informative, friendly and deeply caring of the Sharks and Rays. He made the experience enjoyable and educational. The Sharks and Rays are friendly and interactive and loves to be petted! Enjoyable for families with children of all ages as well as adults/teens. It was exciting to be sitting in the knee high water with the encounter with the Zebra Shark and having the rays and other sharks swim by and interact at the same time. All the staff are very friendly and caring. Cannot praise Noah enough for his dedication to the Sharks and Rays and made it a memorable experience.

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    February 7, 2022

    Product ID: 400960