Situated seven miles north-east of Sydney on the lower
Northern Beaches, Manly was named by Captain Arthur Phillip after
his encounter with the confident and manly Aboriginal people of the
Kay-ye-my clan who lived here. Surrounded on three sides by water,
Manly is the perfect destination to enjoy both the harbour and the
18 ocean beaches, coves and inlets to swim, sail and
But as the locals know, Manly is more than Sydney's
premier beach resort. Come by sea or road and take some time to
discover its rich heritage and culture, its great shopping, dining
and family attractions - it's well worth the trip.
For more information about Manly, go to the the official Manly Australia
Manly Oceanarium is named Marineland is officially opened
in the presence of many civis dignitaries by Mr C.A. Kelly, the
Chief Secretary. Marineland is launched as a new conception in the
science of oceanology.
Marineland opens it's doors to the public and it is
expected that many thousands will come to Manly for this new
Bill Foster, chief diver at Marineland, created a world
first when he commenced feeding sharks with his bare
The popular Manly Cove boardwalk which adjoined the
historic Manly Wharf with Manly Marineland and Pavilion is
destroyed in a storm.
$12 million is injected into the oceanarium and construction is
underway for Manly's new Underwater World. This includes the
redevelopment of the former Marineland and adjoining Waterworks
site and promises a new underwater tunnel in the oceanarium.
Underwater World is modelled on Kelly
Tarlton's Underwater World which opened in 1985.
At the same time the State Government was developing
Sydney's Darling Harbour which included a new state-of-the-art
aquarium. Many warned that Sydney wasn't big enough for the both
Underwater World opens. Underwater World boasts a moving
footway in the tunnel which gives the impression of walking on a
seabed. The underwater tunnel is the biggest in the world.The new
look oceanarium also included an open air restaurant, a performing
seals arena and the jaws of a White Pointer Shark - a 9 metre giant
weighing 4.5 tonnes!!
Marketing Director, Barry
Koorey, says the attraction could handle 2,000
people an hour.
Underwater World wins the 1988 Timber Design Award for
Underwater World goes into receivership and is purchased
by Coral World International. The site is re-named
Coral World International announce a $1 million investment
which included allowing certified visitors to dive in the shark
tanks. The site is also advertised as Sydney's newest and most
exciting function venue.
Manly Oceanarium wins the NSW
Tourism Award for Tourism Excellence.
Announcement that Sydney Aquarium has purchased
Manly Oceanarium for $1.6 million.
The attraction is renamed Manly Oceanworld
and the next 12 months is fraught with staff resignations,
retrenchments and departmental consolidations to cut back on
overheads. During this time the
oceanarium's most lovable attractions, the
seals, were shipped off to Perth and replaced with a dangerous
Shark Dive Xtreme
is launched. Diving with sharks at Manly SEA LIFE
Sanctuary, Sydney, is an exhilarating experience, and one of only a
few experiences worldwide where you're guaranteed an underwater
encounter with sharks. Our colony of Grey Nurse Sharks range in
size from 1 to 3 metres, and when you do your shark dive with us,
you get to enter their domain - without cages!
Village Roadshow Theme Parks
acquired the Sydney Attractions Group.
Sea Biscuit is a juvenile Green Sea Turtle who
was washed ashore on a local beach following stormy weather in
April 2009, with a severely injured left flipper. Now, she has no
trouble swimming around the oceanarium with only three
Merlin Entertainments Group acquired the Sydney
Attractions Group division of Village Roadshow Theme Parks
The Oceanarium officially relaunched as Manly Sea Life
Sanctuary following a renovation which saw the addition of the
Penguin Cove exhibit
Rob Townsend, Life Sciences Manager, leads a rescue
mission for a Grey Nurse Shark which is reported to be entangled in
rope at Magic Point, Maroubra. The team from Manly SEA LIFE
Sanctuary locate the shark, remove the rope and set it
The first Little Penguin Chick, Tyrion is born to parents
Princess and Louie. Tyrion is the first chick born at the sanctuary
and is the first important step into our captive breeding
program, which we hope will play a larger part in assisting in the
conservation of this endangered species.