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Sea World Gold Coast Overview

SeaWorld is a very expansive marine animal park with an oceanarium and a theme park attached. It is located on the Gold Coast, Queensland and it offers a wide variety of fun rides accompanied by learning about conservation and preservation of natural marine habitats. Seaworld also promotes conservation through education and they also have a rescue and rehabilitation center for the injured or orphaned wildlife. 

Sea World is one of the many amazing attractions of Australia and is located in Gold Coast, Queensland. It is comprised of an Oceanarium, Marine Mammal park, and Theme Park. Sea World is a goblet full of unmatched fun and adventure that includes exciting rides, animal exhibits, and many other entertaining attractions and this is one of the best places to visit in Gold Coast.

The main aim of the Sea World is to promote animal conservation by educating, rescuing, and rehabilitating the injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife and marine life. The main attractions of Sea World include interacting with Dolphins, Penguin Encounter, SpongeBob Parade Pants, Action-packed Jet Stunt Extreme, Fish Detective Show, and many more.

Visitors can interact with dolphins at Sea World’s Dolphin Breeding Program. The program allows the guests to pet the dolphins, see them doing acrobatics, applaud them, and make friends with these beautiful intelligent water creatures. The Penguin Encounter program allows you to get close and observe the beautiful Antarctic Penguins. 

The Sea World is also home to Sharks, Polar Bears, Sea Lions, and many other animals. The Sea World not only offers incredible experiences with marine and wildlife but also offers great shopping and dining opportunities throughout the massive park. 

Sea World in true sense is a complete fun-filled package for the entire family, making it one of the most memorable and enjoyable day visits at Gold Coast. From children to teenagers to adults, the sea World is sure to add a splash of joy and happiness and give a thrilling experience.

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Highlights

• Nickelodeon land, a specially designed themed zone for children has many fun rides including a Carousel, a Zamperla roller coaster and a Beach Ball Bounce.
• The only dry ride in Seaworld Gold Coast is Jet Rescue which is based around a rescue mission of the Seaworld Rescue Team to save an animal. 
• The Sea World monorail system is the very first monorail in Australia. The ride takes you past three stations within the Park.
• Sea World has several amazing live shows including a Jet ski stunt show, dolphin show, Turtles Power and Paw Patrol on Holiday.
• At Sea World Gold Coast enjoy close encounters with penguins, Polar Bears, sea lions, seals, sharks, stingrays and more. 
• Sea World Helicopter Tour offers guests different types of tours over the Gold Coast. These tours range from 5 minutes to 30 minutes.

How To Reach

There are 5 ways to travel from the Gold Coast Airport to Sea World –

1. Bus : Take 777 bus from Gold Coast Airport to Broadbeach Station and then take the 705 bus to Sea World.

2. Taxi : Take a Taxi from Gold Coast Airport to Sea World.

3. Drive : If you have a private vehicle then directly, drive down to Sea World.

4. Shuttle : There is a direct shuttle service from the Gold Coast Airport to Sea World.

5. Uber : You can book an Uber from Gold Coast Airport to Sea World.

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Best Time To Visit

Gold Coast witnesses’ sunshine for almost 300 days of the year, as the Sea World is located in Gold Coast you can have the liberty to enjoy it any time of the year. However, the best time of the year to visit Sea World is between the months of May and October. 

The warm and balmy weather during these months is ideal to enjoy water-based activities at Sea World. The average temperature during these months ranges between 24° Celsius to 11° Celsius, making it a perfect season for getting wet and wild.

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Other Essential Information

Food at Sea World

1. Dockside Tavern: This spacious bar and restaurant located overlooking the Nickelodeon Land is the best place to much on fresh fish, chips, and gulp down a bottle of beer, wine or soft drinks.

2. Lakeside Cafe: This cafe is situated right at the main entrance and serves mouth watering renditions of seafood, crumbed fish & chips, prawns and calamari, and burger. If you are visiting SeaWorld with kids, this cafe could be your hunger savior.

3. Fresh Focus Cafe: Head to this cafe to satisfy your hunger between rides and activities with coffee, cakes, muffins and other snacks.

4. Village Bean: This coffee shop has the best coffee that you would fall in love with! At this place, you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee over some light snacks.

5. Prime Burgers: Serving delectable burgers and fries, this restaurant offers a sumptuous meal for that hungry you.

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6. Pizza Shack: This pizza shack has all the classic flavors of freshly, daily made pizzas that can get you drooling over with its taste.

7. Plaza Ice Cream Parlour: This parlor has mind-blowing collections of frozen treats to help you beat the heat.

8. Frozen Coke Zone: The frozen coke served in this plaza in various flavors like Bubblegum, Raspberry, and Coca Cola are a true delight that is relished by both adults and children.

9. Terrace Ice Cream Parlour: This parlor has a wide range of huge variety of creamy Streets Ice Creams that will keep the kids busy while the parents hop on to a ride!

10. Sea World Resort Lobby Lounge: Overlooking the Broadwater, this lounge restaurant serves filling lunch that will keep you recharged for the remainder of the day.

11. Drink Refill Station: Fill your bottles here between the rides.

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Shopping at Sea World

SeaWorld has a number of shops where visitors get inked with a temporary tattoo, grab colourful hair wraps, and get the photos from your rides printed and framed. To make the trip to SeaWorld more memorable, visitors can shop for souvenirs at SeaWorld Exit Shop and The Jelly Box.

While most of the shops are permanent, Nickelodeon Outfitters & Ride Photos is seasonal. The comprehensive list of shops at this park are -

Midway Games

Nickelodeon Store

Ocean Zones

Billabong

Trade Winds

Photo Lab

Nickelodeon Outfitters & Ride Photos

Sea World Resort Store

Custom Airbrush Caps

Hair Wraps & Braids

Storm Coaster Ride Photos

Sea World Exit Shop

The Jelly Box

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Shows & Presentations at Sea World

1. Seal Guardians Presentations: This educational presentation is all about the fun activities performed by three rescued seals named Carter, Saturday, and Tarni. Watch the seals play an absolutely delightful ball game with Professor Swells and his team, rise high above water, and fulfill many such activities with so much grace and precision!

Timings: 10.15am and 2.30pm Daily

Venue: Seal Theatre

2. Our World Of The Dolphin: This educational presentation gives the visitors an insight into the rescue and rehabilitation activities happening at the park. The dolphins performing this presentation are Howie, Raaf, and Nudge and have been rescued under various circumstances.

Timings: 12.30 PM daily; Closed currently

Venue: Sandy Shores Lagoon

3. Affinity Dolphin Presentation: This presentation takes you on a closer encounter with the dolphins and explains the beautiful relationship that these huge mammals share with the humans.

Timings: 11.15 am and 3.30 pm daily

Venue: Dolphin Beach

4. Penguin Feeding Presentation: Penguins have always been one of the most fascinating birds and this educational talk show is nothing less than a wikipedia about these birds. The keepers of penguins at SeaWorld share interesting facts and habits of these magical birds.

Timings: 10.45 am and 3.30 pm daily

Venue: Penguin Point

5. Ray Reef Presentation: Rays are mysterious marine animals and this educational presentation lets you observe these magnificent sea creatures. Strong at heart? You can even touch them!

Timings:10.45 am and 3.00 pm daily

Venue: Center of the park

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6. Thunder Lake Stunt Show: Featuring nerve tingling stunts by two world's best teams - Sun State All Stars and Bay City River Rats, this show is predominantly about BMX tricks, Wakeboarding, Water Skiing and stunts.  

Timings: 1.30 pm and 4.15 pm

Venue: Sea World Lake

7. Nickelodeon Character Meet and Greet: This meet and greet show brings you all your favorite characters from Nickelodeon like PAW Patrol's Chase and Marshall, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star and Squidward. So, keep your poses ready as you get to meet, greet, and click pictures with them.

Timings: Appearances between 10.15am to 3.30pm

Venue: Nickelodeon Land Precinct

8. Sponge Bob Square Pants 3D Movie: This 3D movie is sure to kindle the child in you as the plot revolves on how SpongeBob SquarePants and his best friend Patrick the Starfish save the Jellyfish of Bikini Bottom.

Timings: There are shows throughout the day. 

Venue: Castle Theatre

9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtle Power: This live show which portrays how The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aid April in mutants rule with their elegant dance and action moves in a treat for both parents and children.

Timings: 12.00 pm daily

Venue: Nickelodeon Stage

10. PAW Patrol Goes on Holiday: This high-energy show features Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol and guests can cheer their favorite characters from the show, dance with them, and freeze those moments with the Digital Candid Photo Pass!

Timings: 11.00 AM and 1.45 PM daily

Venue: Nickelodeon Stage within Nickelodeon Land

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Rides & Precincts at Sea World

1. Mild Thrill Rides: Mild Thrill rides at SeaWorld are based on Nickelodeon themes and are perfect family entertainers. These rides are suitable for kids, teens, and even their parents.

The rides at Nickelodeon Land also have Meet and Greet Shows to keep the spirits of the children high. With no big twists and turns, these rides are absolutely safe and kids will undeniably have a whale of a time here!

Rides: Bikini Bottom Crosstown Express, Boots' Banana Boogie, Castaway Bay Battle Boats, Patrick's Jellyfish Frenzy, SpongeBob's Boating School Blast, Dora's Fiesta Carousel, Nickelodeon Land, The Reef at Castaway Bay, Castaway Bay

2. Moderate Thrill Rides: Designed for kids above 8+ years, these moderate thrill rides give your senses a mild blow! You can feel the butterflies in your tummy as you soar up into the sky on SeaWorld Sky Flyer or as you spend hours at the interactive adventure playground of Castaway Bay. 

Sky Fortress has five entertaining levels where you can climb, crawl and clamber your way through rope bridges. Moderate Thrill Rides are the real family rides as they entertain people of all ages.

Rides: The New Atlantis(Coming Soon), SeaWorld Sky Flyer, Castaway Bay Sky Climb, Castaway Bay Sky Fortress, Donatello's Ninja Flyers

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3. Max Thrill Rides: The maximum thrill rides at SeaWorld are definitely for the strong hearted ones. Feel your heart skip a beat as you rush down through the roller coaster tracks of Jet Rescue Coaster and Storm Coaster. People with heart problems, seizures, neck and back problems, and pregnant mothers are strongly recommended to keep away from these rides.

Rides: Vortex, Jet Rescue Coaster,Storm Coaster.

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Animal Adventures at Sea World

1. Dolphin Aqua Adventure Child: This program lets the children watch the dolphins from a very close distance on a submerged platform and witness their various behaviours. The program includes 25 minutes of informative presentation and 20 minutes of actual dolphin viewing.

Age limits: 5 to 13 years

2. Dolphin Deep Water Adventure: Mimicking an ocean experience, this program lets the guests witness these exquisite mammals a deep water encounter. The Marine Mammal Trainer will give an informal educational presentation for about 25 minutes and then start the real fun of water experience.

Age limit: 9+ years

3. Dolphin Family Adventure: This family adventure happens on the shallow waters and the visitors get to enjoy viewing the dolphins and their behaviours with your family. As with other dolphin adventures, this adventure program also includes an educational talk.

Age limit: 5+ years

4. Behind the Scenes at Polar Bear Shores: The exhibit replicates the Arctic summer and here, you can watch these cutest animals live, learn more about their abilities, and the conservation steps taken for sustaining this species. Added to that, you will also be given a sneak peak into their kitchen, den, and play area.

Age limit: 5+ years

5. Shark Bay Glass Bottom Boat: Watch the ferocious sea animals safely at SeaWorld with guided glass bottom boat tours. The shark lagoon in Sea World's Shark Bay also has many vibrant fish species, rays, and turtles apart from sharks that you can spot during the 15 minute boat ride.

Age Limit: 4+ years

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6. Penguin Antarctic Adventure: Happening in a frozen world, this adventure program literally takes you to Antarctica, the natural habitat of Penguins. Penguin Encounter at SeaWorld is home to the King penguin and Gentoo penguins and with this program, visitors can feed these beautiful birds or even enroll in a fun enrichment program.

Age limit: 8+ years

7. Seal Aqua Adventure: Fancy swimming with seals, feeding and patting them, and spending an hour close to these friendly sea animals? Seal Aqua Adventure program gets all your fancies checked!

You can feed and swim with various seal species like Long-nosed fur seals, Australian sea lions or Californian sea lions and cherish these experiences for a lifetime.

Age Limit: 14+ years

8. Shark Bay Discovery: This adventure is no less than snorkelling in an ocean! The adventure starts as tourists enter an acrylic cage in the lagoon; the astounding sight of spotting colorful tropical fish, rays, and harmless Black Tip and White Tip reef sharks unveils before one's eyes. An experienced Dive Leader will accompany the visitors for the duration of their snorkel to ensure safety.

Age limit: 14+ years

9. Seal Encounter: Long-nosed fur seals, Australian sea lions or Californian sea lions are some of the most playful and friendliest seal species and with this adventure program, guests at the park can interact, play and pat seals.

Age limit: 5+ years

10. Meet the Dolphin: This Semi Water-Based Animal Adventure is performed as a group of 12 participants in knee deep water. The visitors get an exciting chance to get a close encounter with these huge fish and even touch them as they swim close by.

Age limit: 4+ years

11. Marine Rescue Ranger: This Land-Based animal adventure takes the kids on a closer interaction with rescued seals turtles and many other marine animals. Along with it, kids will also be enlightened about the threats to marine life and the conservation steps needed to protect them.

Age Limit: 8 - 14 years

12. Tropical Reef Snorkel: Giving you the real life experience of snorkelling in an ocean, with this adventure, you can dive to the floor of the Shark Lagoon and watch various marine life like tropical fish, majestic rays, Black tip reef shark, and White tip reef shark. Wetsuit and snorkel gear will be provided as a part of the activity cost.

Age: 8+ years

13. Trainer for a Day: Spanning for 4 hours and 30 minutes, this adventure lets the guests live a day in Sea World as a trainer. You can learn about how the trainers look after and train the animals, and how the stranded and injured marine animals were rescued and brought back to life.

Age: 14+ years.

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Animals at Sea World

1. Polar Bears: Polar Bears are carnivorous mammals with a population of only 22000 to 31000. An adult Polar Bear might weigh from 150kg to 800kg. Wild Polar Bears are found in Denmark, Norway, Russia, Canada, and the USA.

2. Dolphins: Dolphins are Piscivorous mammals that are found in warm, tropical, and cool oceans around the world. They are known to have intelligence like humans and can swim at a speed of over 30 kilometres per hour. Nearly 24% of the Dolphin species in the world are threatened.

3. Turtles: Turtles are beautiful reptiles that can be herbivorous, carnivorous, and omnivorous depending on their species. They generally nestle in open waters, coasts, and reefs. There are seven wonderful species of turtles out of which six are found in Australian seawaters, however, approximately 86% of turtle species are endangered.

4. Rays: Rays are cartilaginous fishes, which are carnivorous in nature, with over 550 species of Ray fishes in 26 families. They are mostly found in the shallow water below 200 meters depth. Sandy bottoms, coastal mudflats, and coral reefs are their preferred habitats. Approximately 25% of these placid animals are in danger of extinction.

5. Sharks: They are a group of elasmobranchs fish that are carnivorous in nature. There are 500 known species of sharks, out of which 25% species are nearly threatened. They can be found anywhere from a warm tropical climate to the cold polar environment. They can be located in waters less than one meter deep to 1000 meter deep. One interesting fact about sharks is that they keep growing rows of backup teeth.

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6. Sea Jellies: Also known as Jellyfish these invertebrates are omnivorous in nature and can be discovered in every ocean of the world from the surface to the deep sea. In fact, some species are also found in freshwater.

7. Seals: These beautiful sea lions are carnivorous mammals and are found all over the world from frozen waters of the poles to tropical beaches in Hawaii and everywhere possible in between. Almost 32% of these species are under the danger of extinction. Sea World is home to four types of seals.

8. Tropical Fish: There are over 250 species of tropical fish including Clown Triggerfish, Blue Tang, and Humphead Maori Wrasse. Their habitats are coastal waters and tropical reefs. Humphead Maori Wrasse has threatened species, however, the status of many is not clear.

9. Seabirds: These beautiful birds settle in and adapt to life surrounded by an aquatic environment. There are over 300 beautiful species of seabirds worldwide, which vary significantly in psychology, behaviour, and lifestyle. Australian Pelican, Silver Gull, and Cormorant are some seabirds that have been rescued and found at Sea World.

10. Penguins: These black and white piscivorous birds are found in Antarctica and Subantarctic islands. There are 18 species of penguins worldwide out of which three types of Penguins rehabilitated at Sea World are Gentoo Penguins, King Penguins, and Little Penguins. Sadly, 72% of these Penguin species are on the verge of extinction.

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Traveller's Tips Before Visiting Sea World

- Do not forget to carry your ticket to the park. Park entry is not permitted without a ticket. However, you can buy a replacement pass at an additional cost of $5.00

- The barcode of the Sea World ticket cas to be downloaded from your booking confirmation mail. This barcode on your smartphone/tablet device can be used at entry as pass.

- Children under the age of 3 can enter the park free of charge.

- Adhere to height and weight restrictions of every ride to ensure your safety.

- Book your passes online to grab a deal.

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Point of Interest for Sea World Gold Coast
Rides at SeaWorld
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Rides at SeaWorld

Sea World has several fun rides that cater to all kinds of visitors. There is a specially designed themed zone for children with fun rides at Nickelodeon Land. For those who enjoy an adventurous ride they should try out Vortex which is a top spin ride that flips riders at 30 km per hour. Castaway Bays is another children's section that features a climbing wall, a rope climb and an interactive water battle. Other rides at the Park are Jet Rescue which is the only dry ride in the park, then there is the Sea World monorail system which takes you on a ride around the Park.

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Marine Life
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Marine Life

SeaWorld is home to a wide variety of marine animals such as penguins, Polar Bears, sharks, sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, Subantarctic fur seals, stingrays and several seabirds. The dolphins found here are Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and the common bottlenose dolphins. Visitors can go and see the baby dolphins that were born right here at SeaWorld. 

Polar Bear Shores is the first and only polar bear exhibit in Australia. Mishka, Nelson and Hudson are the only Polar Bears in Australia where you can meet Mishka, who was born at SeaWorld to Liya. Shark Bay has a touch pool where guests can get up close with these magnificent marine creatures. Watch these incredible predators swim about in the massive enclosure. 

The Penguin Encounter is home to King and gentoo penguins while Penguin Point has little Penguins. Jules, Victor and Bailey are rescued penguins that could not be released back in the wild. Other marine animals at SeaWorld are loggerhead turtles and Green hybrid loggerhead turtles, sea Jellies, tropical fish, seals, fur seals and sea lions. 

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Shows at SeaWorld
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Shows at SeaWorld

Sea World features many fun and educational shows for its visitors. Children can enjoy fun shows like Paw Patrol on Holiday which is a live show featuring Chase and Marshall from the show Paw Patrol. Another great show here is Affinity which is conducted at Dolphin Beach. This is the largest man-made, sandy bottom Lagoon and it has five pools and 1.7 million liters of water. Jet Stunt Extreme is an extremely nerve racking jet-ski stunt show held at SeaWorld lake.

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Helicopter Tour
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Helicopter Tour

Sea World offers different types of Helicopter Tours over the spectacular Gold Coast. These tours range from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on your choice. Your tour takes off from the terminal at SeaWorld and flies over the Broadwater. As you cross the coast you will get to see some of the most incredible and unforgettable views of the city’s imposing high-rises and golden Coasts. Your tour will take you over Porpoise Point, South Stradbroke Island and Broadwater as you return to the Sea World terminal.

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Sea World Cruise and Sea World Whale Watching Tours
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Sea World Cruise and Sea World Whale Watching Tours

During the winter months whales are seen in droves along the Gold Coast and Sea World offers a cruise ride to get an up close look at these migrating whales. For the rest of the year, the Park takes guests on a refreshing cruise around the many canals of Gold Coast.

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Photography with Mermaids
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Photography with Mermaids

Sirens of the Sea is a photography session which is available during the run of the Sirens of the Sea show during holiday season. This program gives you the opportunity to have a photography session with the Mermaids of Sea World's after their show. Click Here to Book Now: Hot Air Balloon Yarra Valley

Tourism Board Alliances

Sea World Gold Coast FAQs

Can I bring my own lunch to SeaWorld?

Yes, you can take bottled waters and fruits. However, you can carry your own lunch for guests with allergies, infants, babies, and pre booked education groups. Please note that there are many cafes, restaurants, and dessert parlours where in you can relish finger licking good food.

Do you have lockers to store personal items at SeaWorld?

Yes, coin-operated lockers are available for hire to keep your personal belongings safe. Rents start $10.00 and go up until $20.00 for a large size locker.

Can you smoke at SeaWorld?

Yes, but only in the designated areas. Queensland has strict anti-smoking laws and there are exclusive smoking areas in Sea World where one can smoke cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

What is the weather like and how should I dress for Sea World?

Summers in Gold Coast are pleasant with temperatures hovering about 28 degrees celsius. So, during this season, lightweight comfortable clothing is advised. Winters in Gold Coast are mild with temperatures about 21 degrees celsius and you might need thin jackets while visiting Sea World during this season. Guests are advised to carry sunscreen lotions, and hats all year round. Please note that obscene dressing may hamper your entrance admission.

Did SeaWorld Gold Coast have killer whales?

No, SeaWorld Gold Coast does not have and has never had killer whales.

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