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Gold Coast Attractions: Sea World

Get up close and personal with marine life and experience a huge choice of amazing rides, shows and attractions at Australia's largest marine theme park.

More than just a theme park, Sea World plays an active role in marine research and rescue and is committed to educating visitors about the marine environment.

Check out Canadian polar bears, watch fairy penguin and the endangered dugong exhibits, swim with dolphins, snorkel with seals and dive with sharks (if you are a certified diver) at Shark Bay – the world's largest artificial lagoon system for sharks.

Watch as dangerous tiger sharks circle the huge aquarium in one section, see harmless reef sharks, rays and other fish in another section, and don't miss the numerous eagle, manta and sting rays at Ray Reef.

Marine attractions, include…

Dolphin Nursery Pool

Watch as young dolphins develop under the protective care of their mothers in Sea World's highly successful dolphin breeding program.

Penguin Encounter

Check out Antartic penguins in this 96-square-metre exhibit featuring a huge pool with under and above water viewing.

Penguin Point

View Fairy Penguins in this open-style exhibit featuring gravel, rock and grass as well as a large pool.

Polar Bear Shores

Discover Australia's only Polar Bear exhibit where you can view the polar bears from three viewing platforms: ground level, underwater and above ground.

Ray Reef

Meet, feed and learn more about one of the ocean's most misunderstood inhabitants. This exhibit features over 100 rays.

Shark Bay

Get up close and personal with sharks in the world's largest man-made lagoon system for sharks. The exhibit features a touch pool, an inter-tidal zone, a reef lagoon and a shark lagoon. Four large windows allows you to view the sharks.

Rescue Point Lighthouse

Showcasing the achievements of Sea World's Research and Rescue Foundation.

Seabird Rehabilitation Aviary

Visit this especially designed care and rehabilitation for sea birds.

Rides and attractions, include…

Beach Break Bay

Choose from several rides specifically designed for children including the Carousel and Beach Ball Bounce.

Castaway Bay

This attraction features Sky Fortress (a climbing structure), Sky Climb (a set of high ropes) and Battle Boats (an interactive water battle).

Dinosaur Island

Dinosaurs come alive in this interactive animatronic exhibit.

Jet Rescue

Board a jet-ski for an adrenalin rush on this 70kph roller coaster ride around a highly twisted and banked track. The ride is themed around the journey of a Sea World Rescue Team on a mission to save marine life.

Sea Viper

A looping roller coaster featuring three inversions.

Sea World Monorail System

An easy way to get around the park

Sky High Skyway

Get a unique bird's eye view of the park on this ride, which takes you from the top of the park, near the entrance, to the castle that houses the Sea World Theatre.

Viking’s Revenge Flume Ride

Check out this log flume that climbs and drops around the park reaching 58kph on its final drop.

Shows to see, include…

Dora's Best Friends Adventure

A live stage show.

Fish Detectives

Friendly sea lions help humans solve an environmental crime.


Sea World's dolphin show is set in Dolphin Cove – the largest sandy bottom lagoon ever built for dolphins containing five different pools. Each show caters for 2,500 visitors with additional grass seating available.

Jet Stunt Extreme

Watch this thrilling jet-ski stunt show.

SpongeBob ParadePants

See this multi-million dollar parade on the Sea World Lake featuring a cast of characters from SpongeBob SquarePants or check out the 3D film, SpongeBob SquarePants at the Sea World Theatre.

Contact Information

The Gold Coast – one of Australia's leading holiday and honeymoon playgrounds – is a stunning 42km-long strip of sun-drenched, squeaky clean, white-sand beach that stretches almost uninterrupted from the Spit, north of Surfers Paradise, to Rainbow Bay, south of Coolangatta.

Location: Seaworld Drive, The Spit, Main Beach, Southport (3km north of Surfers Paradise)
Phone: 07/5588-2205
Admission: A$75 – all exclusive except for animal experiences, helicopter rides and powered watersports; VIP Pass A$110 – unlimited entry to SeaWorld, Movie World and Wet'n'Wild for 12 months; Free parking.
Extras: 14 years and over – swim with the dolphins A$275, dive with the sharks (if you are a certified diver) A$90, or snorkel with seals for A$149, including a souvenir photo.
Hours: Daily 10am-5pm, closed 25 December

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Latest update: SeaWorld, Gold Coast, Queensland: 12 February, 2019

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