The Lagoon of Light is home to an array of colourful tropical fish, amazing corals and large mangrove trees.
Representing where the rainforests meet the reef, the lagoon reflects the diversity of aquatic life and unique habitats found in and around many of the islands and archipelagos in the western Pacific Ocean, from tropical North Queensland to the outer islands of Palau in Micronesia.
Learn more about how this exhibit has been created and hear fascinating facts about the fish who live here at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm each day.
Down at Dylan’s Discovery Corner get up close to crabs, starfish and urchins during our touch pool sessions, held every half past the hour throughout the day from 10.30am - 4.30pm.
Unearth your own fossils and explore objects from the shoreline, including corals, shells and shark egg cases. Don’t forget to jump into the Magic Pool too – it’s perfect for little explorers.
As you journey further round, delve into the secret world of corals. With a unique insight into the complicated care of these sensitive animals, you can view a portion of the extensive life support and filtration system that is needed to keep them growing healthy and strong.
Before leaving this area, get a feel for what it is like to be a diver in one of our Bubble Heads, immersing yourself in a unique view of the underwater world of our Lagoon. Accessed by ladders, it’s a fantastic way to get up close and personal with your favourite fishy friends.
Back to The Deep Tour
Feeding the Fish
Our dive show takes place here at 2pm on Saturdays. See our divers enter the water and hand feed all the animals as well as hearing a presentation from our guides about the species that reside here. Don’t miss daily scatter feeds at the Lagoon of Light at 2pm.
Blue spotted ribbontail ray
This species of stingray is instantly recognisable by the bright blue spots that decorate its body. These act as a warning for its sharp venomous barb.
These small nocturnal sharks use their paddle shaped fins to ‘walk’ around. This means when the tide goes out, rather than getting stranded in rock pools, they can crawl back to the ocean.
Lipstick tangs have the ability to quickly change colour in response to their environment or mood. When excited or hiding amongst the reef their body can become almost black!
This iconic species got its name from the Moors people of Africa, who believed the fish to be a bringer of happiness.
Regal tangs are extremely important to the life cycle of the coral reef. They graze on excess algae on the corals with their sharp teeth, preventing the coral from suffocating.