The Bondi Aquarium offered entertainments including performing seals, donkey and pony rides, a skating rink and a switch-back railway. It was destroyed by fire in July, 1891 but was quickly rebuilt and re-opened the same year. The new main building (shown) was described as a larger and ‘more artistic’ edifice. Inside, arches and rock work adorned the aquarium tanks and they were illuminated from above by a skylight. An aviary was added.
Bondi Aquarium at Tamarama operated from 1887 to 1906; This phoco c. 1891 The Dome was added after 1891 fire; Tamarama Park, foreground. Wonderland City proprietors bought the Aquarium and its attractions and added to them in 1906. The switchback railway was moved from its original site shown here above the beach to the rear of the Tamarama park.