The old aquariums at the foot of the breakwater, Warrnambool harbour, Victoria, Australia

The old aquariums at the foot of the breakwater, Warrnambool harbour, Victoria, Australia
The old aquariums at the foot of the breakwater, Warrnambool harbour, Victoria, Australia. Built in 1970 and opened in 1971, the Warrnambool Aquarium was popular public attraction until it closed in 1998. The sandstone walls were built using stone from the old abattoirs by Norm Sanders and Ken Farral; the concrete domes by Digger Parker Concrete, with Fotheringhams doing other infrastructure work. To ensure clean water the tanks were drained of most of their water twice daily and refilled with clean water straight from the bay. This meant that only local species were kept and displayed.

When the aquarium was closed in 1998 the council filled them with sand for safety reasons. October 2016.

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