Our new neighbors are open for business with the most amazing and educational facility . The wonderful team at Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters relocated to the Port Stephens drive round about after years out on March Rd Salt Ash.

1 Minute drive down the road or a 5 minute walk from your room they are offering the perfect opportunity to encounter a world little is known about. You can enjoy animal encounters with many species of Sharks, Rays and sea life. This is the perfect way to get up close and personal with these animals with this one of a kind experience.

Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters are perfect for all ages. The staff are continuously training with a strong emphasis on conservation and research studies. They love to share all of this knowledge through the facility with the world.

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Attention to all the young budding Marine Biologists this is the

This program is perfect for children and teens who are itching to get behind the scenes and learn how to look after our amazing animals.
This fully guided day offers exclusive behind the scenes access that enables them to face their fears and gain knowledge about the ocean and its inhabitants.

Participants will learn about the animals with a take home workbook and help their Aquarist/zoo keeper leader carry out some important aquarium jobs.
Of course they will need to bring their swimmers and towels as they will also participate in a Shark Encounter with their guide.


Perfect way to keep the kids entertained and get them excited to learn more about biology of Marine life.


This is the perfect additional to any School or Youth camp. The team at Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters will tailor their delivery of the experience to suit the year level and purpose of the trip. No matter if it for the budding Marine Biologists or a fun time learning about these beautiful creatures. This is an experience the kids will always remember.

To book a stay in Port Stephens and visit our newest neighbours simply call (02) 4982 1244 or email bookings@theretreatportstephens.com.au