Chapter 12
Accessing Melbourne
Access to the Observation Deck (9629 8222, open 7 days 10am till late, adult $9,
child $5, students $5 and family $25), is past the towers and next to Le Meridian
Hotel. The gift shop, ticket office and theatrette have flat entry with an accessible
toilet near the ticket office. Wheelchair access to the Observation Deck is via the
goods lift (also used to remove rubbish!), staff will provide the directions for you.
The view is spectacular and there is a set of wheelchair accessible binoculars
available. You can even get outside into the wire enclosed balcony teetering above
the city. The view is breathtaking by day and stunning by night. (There is also an
accessible unisex toilet and a cafe.) 
The Melbourne Aquarium
The Melbourne Aquarium, (open daily 9am 6pm, 9pm in January, A$17.50,
S$12.50, C$8.50, F$45, 9920 05999,
Queenswharf Rd, just off King St and Flinders Sts.
Marketed as Melbourne's newest major attraction and a journey into subspace
where you get "virtually" wet, visitors get to experience a 10m diameter floor to
ceiling Coral Atoll, several small tanks highlighting sea dragons to frogs, get to feed
stingrays in a Mangrove Swamp, see a Giant Murray Cod in the Billabong and enter
the Deep Sea Oceanarium through an acrylic tunnel on a moving walkway and a
unique 360degree "fish bowl". This is where you will see Grey Nurses, Bronze
Whalers and Sevengills sharks, 2,500 colourful fish and even dive with them!
Three 24 seat simulators are rides which "plunge you into the deep" and will thrill
the kids. An Education Program   Melbourne Aquarium's Blue Zoo, two cafes;
Ocean Theatre Cafe and Moorings Brasserie and changing exhibitions in the
Tattersalls Exhibition Gallery are available.
Access from King or Flinders St with dedicated parking. Flat entry into the
aquarium and an accessible unisex toilet and baby change facility located at
reception. Lifts convey you to all levels, lighting is bright and audio guided tours are
also multi lingual.
In April 2000 the aquarium tragically saw an outbreak of the Legionella virus linked
to the water cooled airconditioning towers. As a consequence of the outbreak the
water cooling system has been replaced with an air cooling system which
eliminates the possibility of another Legionella outbreak.

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