We never went, so all I can rely on until next year are my own impressions, so I could be mistaken. It could be quite an awesome experience.
But, instead of paying to go, we did grocery shopping and went to the beach instead. We got there just as the tide was going out, so we found plenty of fresh tide pools, the best being a massive one (a very big area then connected to several smaller pools by small "streams") absolutely full of star fish.
Yes, I would pick some out for a nicer photo, then gently place them back right where I'd found them
I found a sea urchin! My husband was quite surprised, and said it's hard to find them in these pools
Looking inside a tide pool. At least 4 different sea stars, plus the urchin
Phillip likes to flip rocks. The bigger the better. This one was quite a nice find of tens of crabs (though they scurry away fast), 4-legged star fish, a live abalone, sponges, and some things I don't yet know the name of
Yes! It DOES have 9 legs! And yes, I touched it! It was BOOKING it across the pool!
5-legged sea star
Hello Mr. Crab hiding in your little hole
We collected more things to put in my jars at home. Didn't take home this dried up dead Wobbegong, though
I have no idea.... some sort of sea weed perhaps?