Sea World is another of the Gold Coast’s top attractions: a theme park that offers a combination of real marine life experiences, rides & rollercoasters, plus some amazing shows (please do NOT miss the dolphin show).
Being popular means Sea World can get very busy – if you can, try to visit on a weekday during school terms. But don’t worry if you can’t, it’s definitely still worth a bit of standing in line.
Here we take a look at some of the highlights.
The Marine Attractions
Penguin Encounter and Penguin Point: get to see these fascinating birds in their natural environment, with above and below water level viewing. Penguin Point is home to the Fairy Penguins, and Penguin Encounter to the King Penguins.
Shark Bay: the largest man-made shark lagoon in the world offers some incredible underwater viewing of these fearsome creatures.
Polar Bear Shores: observe these amazing animals swimming and playing – great fun to watch when they are not sleeping!
Seal Harbour: a new exhibit, here you can enjoy watching the playful seals and sea lions in their sandy bottomed lagoons.
Ray Reef: witness the much misunderstood Stingray up-close at Ray Reef and learn more about their important role in the marine world: you may even get to fed one!
Dolphin Cove: two sandy bottom lagoons and the main show pool, where you can watch the truly impressive dolphin shows – a real Sea World highlight.
Seabird Rehabilitation Aviary: showing that Sea World is not only about entertaining visitors, but playing an important role in the conservation and rehabilitation of marine life.
Rides and Other Attractions
Jet Rescue: race around this twisting rollercoaster on your very own jetskis to (pretend) rescue a trapped sea lion at speeds of up to 70km per hour.
Sea Viper: another wild rollercoaster ride, but this one is far more twisty and with it’s triple loop-the-loop it will have you hanging on to your seat.
Beach Break Bay: is an adventure area for children, with rides and activities like the Beach Dump Trucks, Beach Ball Bounce, Sea Climb and the Beach Break Bay Carousel.
Castaway Bay: another relatively new addition to Sea World, Castaway Bay is an aquatic playground complete with Battle Boats, water cannons and the Sky Fortress.
Viking Revenge Flume Ride: while one of the oldest features in the theme park, this floating log ride is still great fun for all ages.
Dinosaur Island : go back to prehistoric times to see some life size animatronic dinosaurs, including an 18 metre long Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Imagine: do yourself a favour and DO NOT miss this fantastic show. You can see that the dolphins really are having fun showing off to their audience. A must-see.
Jet Stunt Extreme: as the name suggests, expect some exciting, extreme stunts from some highly skilled jetski performers – we’re talking world champion jetskiers here.
Fish Detectives: this entertaining show features some of Sea World’s talented sea lions and another highlight that comes recommended for all the family.
SpongeBob ParadePants: this SpongeBob themed parade has all your favourite characters, and fans of the show will not want want to miss this one.
Opening hours are 9.30am to 5.30 pm, with rides starting at 10am and closing at 5pm. Sea World is open all year except Christmas Day (check for Anzac Day opening details). Please note that opening & show times are subject to change, and some rides may be closed for maintenance.
Prices: general admission for Sea World is currently $84.99 for adults and $49.99 for children (3 – 13) and pensioners. Generally speaking, you will get a better deal purchasing tickets before you arrive: look out for specials.
You may also want to consider some of the passes that allow unlimited entry for a set period as well as entry to other theme parks like Wet ‘n’ Wild and Warner Bros. Movie World – these passes offer far better value than the one day general admission tickets.
Getting to Sea World
By car: you can easily reach Sea World in half an hour by car from Surfers Paradise – head north on the Gold Coast Highway and simply follow the signs.
By bus: you can get here by Surfside Buslines, Con-x-ion and Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle.
Sea World is located at Sea World Drive, Main Beach, Qld 4210. Telephone +61 7 5588 2222 or 133 FUN. Website: http://seaworld.com.au