Sea World - Gold Coast Theme Park Guide
Enter the wonderful world of Sea World and be not only delighted by the magical animals which call this place home but also the thrilling rides and entertaining shows. Sea World is the only place in Australia where you can get up close and personal with a myriad of sea and land animals.
Sea World offers it's guests a wonderful experience which not only educates but also entertains them. Learn about our special ecosystems, watch dolphins play and maybe even kiss a seal!
This park is a wonderful day out for everyone and you might find that you need more than 1 day to fully enjoy it's magic. There's lots of restaurants, food stalls and refreshment stands as well as shops so you can score yourself a souvenir of your day at Sea World.
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The Sea World Resort is the perfect theme park holiday destination boasting 4.5 star facilities, easy access to the Gold Coast beaches and shopping and a monorail connecting the resort to Sea World.
The resort has over 400 rooms accommodating up to 4 guests, all with balcony or patio outlooks. Within the resort are 4 restaurants, 2 bars, an evening Kids Club (for 4½ to 12 years), massage, beauty and a gymnasium. In fact, Sea World Resort is the only hotel in Australia where you will receive an exclusive Dolphin Presentation at Dolphin Cove for free when you stay 2 nights or more. It’s no wonder the resort has been voted the number one family resort in Australia for 3 years on a row.
See the Marine Attractions
Penguin Encounter is an icy home away from home to three different types of penguins: the cute and dainty Fairy penguin, the statuesque King penguin and the playful Gentoo penguin with its long tail and red bill.
Step inside this frozen world and watch the penguins lay about on rock formations and frolic in the water. It's the only place of its kind in Australia and is a great new addition to Sea World.
Sea World's Shark Bay is a great place to visit and to conquer your fears as well as learn about these mysterious and incredible creatures. The lagoon is the world's largest and operates on two levels so that you can gain a great view of how the animals live in three huge windows.
There is an amazing assortment of sharks as well as stingrays and tropical fish. There's also a touch pool and you can even book in and swim with the sharks.
Sea World is the only place where you can get up close and personal with Polar Bears at Sea World's Polar Bear Shores.
The two bears were found orphaned in Canada and have grown up living in this state of the art display where every day is an Arctic Summer. You can watch these sometimes playful bears explore their habitat and swim in their large pool in an underwater viewing enclosure.
Penguin Point is home to 29 adorable and often clumsy Fairy Penguins.
Their habitat has been created to give it a purely natural feel and contains a large pool for swimming, gravel and grass for the penguins to enjoy and play with.
This year 30 specially designed burrows have been included to help aid the Fairy Penguins in breeding season. What could be cuter than tiny waddle of little Fairy Penguin feet?
Rays are kind of like the birds of the sea as they fly and glide with such effortless grace underwater.
At Ray Reef you can meet over 100 of these amazing animals and some special guest will even get to feed and touch these creatures. Ray Reef also offers guests an educational as well as interactive view into the ways of these wonderful creatures.
Sea World's Dolphin Nursery Pool gives visitors the chance to see the baby dolphins and they grow up. It's a wonderful playground for these young dolphin's to learn and be guided by their mother's.
Rescue Point Lighthouse offers guests displays and highlights all the wonderful things the Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation of achieved.
The Sea World Rehabilitation Aviary is a place where sea bird's can go to undergo treatment and rehabilitation. The aim is to release these birds into the wild but many of the birds will never be able to due to their severe disabilities. Living in the Aviary and around Sea World are many pelican's who have begun to use the space as their breeding ground.
Rides at Sea World
Castaway Bay is a new interactive adventure zone that is full of fun for the whole family.
The area is child friendly and has wonderful themed rides like Battle Boats which fires off over 80 water cannons and the Sky Fortress which will see the kids play like monkeys as they manoeuvre the rope bridges.
Sky Climb is a play as your pay attraction and let's children test their skills as they balance over a 12 metre high course.
The Jet Rescue coaster is not for the faint at heart.
Jump on board your own Jetski and fly around this rollercoaster track. You'll be twisting and winding but also joining the team on a mission to save a sea lion. To do this you'll have to explode through the cave to release him back into the wild and to safety.
The Corkscrew was everyone's favourite ride at Sea World and after a makeover it has emerged as the all new and fantastic Sea Viper. Now, it's even bigger and better with huge triple loop the loops which will have you spinning around upside down for ages. Make sure you hang on to your carriage and enjoy this wild ride!
Come visit the colourful world of Sesame Street at Sea World. There's rides for both young and old like Bert & Ernie's Big Dive, Elmo's Sea Subs and Big Bird Bounce. You also get to meet all your favourite friends like Big Bird, Ernie, Zoe, Grover, Cooking Monster and Elmo. Each day you'll get to see the wonderful Bert & Ernie's Island Adventure stage show.
The Sky High Skyway is a great way to get a birds eye view of Sea World. Travel between the top of the park and 4-D movie theatre and get a great idea of where everything is located. Check out which direction to walk in for the rides and see the animal enclosures from above.
The Sea World Mono Rail is one of the oldest rides on the Gold Coast and is actually the first mono rail to be built in Australia. It's a great way to get around the park and stops at convenient places along the way as well as connecting Sea World to the Sea World Resort.
The Viking's Revenge Flume Ride is one for the whole family as it takes guests hop on board a boat and taking a 460 metre floating ride. Along the way you'll take a steep climb to the top of the Castle before you come crashing down in a big splash. This is a great ride but remember you might get a little bit wet along the way!
The Sea World Resort Water Park is a great place to cool off during your day at Sea World. The park is connected to the resort and covers a total of 1.6 hectares. The park is free to hotel guests however Sea World visitors must upgrade their daily pass for a small fee.
This means that you can ride on the water slide, swim in the pool, paddle in the shallows and play amongst the water fountains. You can just hang out and laze by the pool as well. There are Cabana's for hire which offer shaded space, lounge chairs and towels.
Note: Due to the extreme nature of some of the rides there are height restrictions. There are also restrictions for those suffering from certain medical conditions. Please be sure to check the signage at the start of the ride to see if you can enter the ride.
Marine, Stunt & Information Shows
Pirates Unleashed! offers guests a live swashbuckling experience. Journey back in time to the era of pirates and witness a fight between two rivalling Pirate crews. This live stage show is full of amazing stunts, acrobatics and sword play. It will keep the whole family on the edge of their seats!
Imagine is a captivating new interactive Dolphin Show operating out of Dolphin Cove. These loveable marine mammals will practically dance to music for you while they jump, swim and soar. These wonderful creatures add a sense of magic to the show as they interact with their trainers. The show is both exciting and educational and will have you smiling for hours after.
Fish Detectives follows the story of the "Quest For The Golden Seal" and stars Buddy and Clawde the sea lions. The story tells that the baddy is taking all the fish from the harbour so the Detective and his team must come up with a way to save the fish and bring Baloney the baddy to justice.
It's a hilarious stage show that is shown twice daily. If you play your cards right you might just get a kiss from one of the seal lions.
Tap your way through the enchanting and incredibly cute journey of Mumble in Happy Feet the 3-D Experience. Mumble, the penguin, goes on a very scary journey but finds that his wonderful tapping, dance feet are not a problem but a gift. Sit back and be totally immersed in Mumble and the rest of his penguin tribe's antics.
Sesame Street joins up with Sea World with Bert and Ernie's Island Holiday! Enjoy the all your favourite Sesame Street characters dance, play and sing in Sesame Beach's Big Bird Theatre.
Sea World's Animal Encounters
Sea World Animal Adventures gives guest the one in a life time opportunity to join Sea World's trainers and get VERY up close and personal with the Park's animals. Places in these programs are limited and there are age restrictions in place so make sure you understand all the terms and conditions before booking in your Animal Adventure.To book call 13 33 86 or +61 7 5519 6200 from outside Australia
The Meet the Dolphin adventure lets you meet with the Dolphins of Sea World and their trainers in this amazing and fairly dry experience. When we say meet me mean you actually get to shake hands with the Dolphin and take a picture together. You'll also get to take away your very own painting that the Dolphin has made for you. The program is a great way to understand these intelligent creatures and is suitable from children of the age 4 and up.
Penguin Encounter takes you onto the ice where you'll get to join the Penguin Keepers in feeding the penguins and leading them in a fun enrichment program. For 45 minutes you'll be transported to the Antarctic with these King and Gentoo penguins which are some of the most majestic in the animal kingdom. You'll also get to take a photo with these amazing animals.
Tropical Reef Snorkel Adventure is one of the cheaper options on the menu but that does not mean it isn't wonderful fun. Take a dive in the tropical reef which stays a balmy 26 degrees all year round. Here you'll encounter tropical fish, rays and harmless Leopard and White-tip reef sarks. You'll even be able to view the Shark Lagoon from a safe distance.
In the Shark SCUBA program you'll join a qualified Shark Bay diver for an amazing adventure down into Shark Bay's Reef Lagoon. It's just like being in a real natural environment which is full of white tip and black tip reef sharks, topical fish and stingrays. While down below you'll follow an education trail and take you close to see the larger sharks in Shark Lagoon.
Shark Encounter is for daredevil's out there as you join a qualified Shark Bay diver into Shark Bay for a feeding session. Down below the water you'll come face to face with these potentially dangerous (and scary) creatures.
Do you like the idea of getting close to the shark's of Shark Lagoon but don't want to swim with them? Hop aboard the Glass Bottom Boat experience and putt all over the Shark Lagoon where you'll see the amazing and dangerous Dusky whaler, Bronze Whaler and an array of open water fish and the interesting Shovelnose Ray.
The Adult Dolphin Aqua Adventure Program gives guest the magical experience of meeting some of Sea World's dolphins. The adventure is an unique experience as it based upon the guests, trainers and animals themselves. Join the dolphins in the deep waters, have your photo taken with them and learn about these wonderful mammals.
There is also the Child Dolphin Aqua Adventure program which lets kids aged 5 - 13 enjoy a shallow water or submersed platform encounter with a dolphin. You can even have the whole family join in on the Dolphin Family Adventure Program which will let you experience this encounter with the whole family and even get a family portrait taken as a fantastic souvenir.
Walking away from the Dolphin show's always leaves you wondering what it would be like to be a Dolphin trainer. Now, you can find out what it is like to be a Trainer For A Day. Learn the ins and outs of a day in the life of a trainer and watch them look after and work with the dolphins. There's a tour of Dolphin Bay, educational lessons, a tutorial on training, a behind the scenes tour of Polar Bear Shores, a group in water encounter at Dolphin Bay which will go nicely with your souvenir photo and DVD.
On the Seal Safari you'll get to interact with Sea World's adorable seals. You won't be getting in the water with these huge creatures but you will get very close and hands on with these funny, furry friends. You'll leave with your own photo and memories which will last a lifetime.
The Seal Aqua Adventure program gets you in the water with these playful seals. They may look pretty clumsy on land but in the water they'll show you their amazing underwater skills.
Sea World offers guests an experience of a lifetime as guests can Go Behind-the-Scenes at Polar Bear Shores where you'll have a close encounter with these huge and intelligent land carnivores.
The journey is lead by an experienced guide and gives you a great insight into the world of the Polar Bears and the hardships they face when their ecosystems become under attack.
Other Attractions & ActivitiesSea World Helicopters can arrange a charter flight while you are at Sea World for the day or if you are outside the park. Hop aboard the helicopter and charter a flight to take you high up over the Gold Coast and surrounding hinterland. For an extra $35 technicians can record your entire flight so you can take this memory home with you.There are four helicopter adventure rides to choose from:
- Sea World Scenic Tour - Duration 5 minutes
- Surfers Paradise Scenic Tour - Duration 10 minutes
- Burleigh Heads Scenic Tour - Duration 15 minutes
- Currumbin Valley Scenic Tour - Duration 20 minutes
- Tweed Coast Scenic Tour - Duration 30 minutes
Join Sea World's Whale Watching Tour which runs from late May till November as hundreds of Humpback Whales migrate to the warmer waters of North Queensland to give birth. Sea World gives you the opportunity to climb on board a whale friendly vessel which will take you out to view these magnificent creatures. Watch these huge mammals frolic in the ocean and get a glimpse of other sea life like Bottlenose and Common dolphins, huge pelicans and estuarine birds. There's plenty of deck space and viewing platforms so you won't miss a thing! On the boat is a 3D animation presentation which will take you into the wonderful world of whales.
Sea World Cruises operates during Summer and takes passengers out on a fantastic day cruise around the Gold Coast's wonderful waters. The tours do not operate in the Winter as it is Whale Watching Season.
Dining Options - Try the Neptune Pizza!
Sea World makes sure its guests are fed well with a variety of dining options all over the park. There's also a number of refreshment stands along the way to help your thirst.
The Dockside Tavern gives you the chance to watch the dolphins play or keep an eye on the kids at Sesame Street Beach while enjoying a delicious bistro lunch and a nice cold beer.
Top Terrace Food Court is located at the start of the Park and there's a range of delicious fast food and healthy options to keep your energy up all day long.
Centrally located is the Plaza Food Court which also offers great hamburgers, healthy rolls, mmilkshakes, coffee and even Theme Park favourites like hot dogs, fresh popcorn, churros and sno cones.
Domino's Pizza has also joined the Sea World team along with Sea World's very own flavour, The Neptune Pizza, which is not available anywhere else. Sweet Treats is a favourite with the kids and anyone with a sweet tooth with fresh donuts, cupcakes, Spider Funnel cake or the famours Tornado Sundae.
Shopping at Sea World
Located all around the park are specialty stores to help you take home some of the magic that is Sea World. There are wonderful, themed shops which will give you those lasting memories of your time here. Make sure you check out the Rides Photo Shop where you'll be able to get a photo of yourself plunging into the water on the Viking's Flume Ride which you can keep as a photograph or put on a keyring. Naturally Wild is where you'll be able to pick up toys, figurines and apparel that concentrate on the wildlife of Sea World. Another favourite which should not be missed is the magical world of Short & Sweet - a store selling all different types of delicious chocolates ad lollies.