Are you planning on visiting the Gold Coast sometime in the near future? If so, we highly recommend that you pay a visit to Sea World. Although it’s one of the major theme parks in the area, it places more of an emphasis on animals than it does on rides, making it a great day out for the whole family.
Opening Hours – The park opens at 9:30am (rides open at 10am) and closes at 5pm daily. It is open everyday of the year except Christmas Day.
Tickets – For a single day’s entry, tickets are $74.99 per adult and $69.99 per child. It is also possible to get a Super Pass that also grants the holder entry to Wet’n’Wild and Movie World.
What sorts of rides are at Sea World?
There are rides to suit visitors of all ages:
Nickelodeon Land – made up of three neighbourhoods (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants’ Bikini Bottom), Nickelodeon Land is specifically aimed at kids. Popular rides include Donatello’s Ninja Flyers (minimum height of 90cm), Dora’s Fiesta Carousel and Patrick’s Jellyfish Frenzy.
Storm Coaster – the newest coaster to the park, face a 20 metre wave without leaving dry land. Riders must be a minimum height of 110cm, although riders less than 130cm must be accompanied by an adult.
Castaway Bay – an interactive adventure playground that has something for everyone, Castaway Bay is primed for family fun. Expect to get wet on the Battle Boats ride, explore the 5 exciting levels of the Sky Fortress (maximum weight of 130kg), or test your bravery on the Sky Climb (minimum height of 120cm).
Jet Rescue – this speedy coaster sees you sit atop your very own jetski to save a trapped sea lion. Zoom around the track at speeds of up to 70km/hr and pulling 2.4Gs!
What sorts of animals can I see at Sea World?
The park is home to a number of animals that call our waterways home:
Polar Bear Shores – the only exhibit in Australia where you can see the bears up close as they swim through the water and relax on land.
Seal Harbour – see Long Nosed Fur Seals, Sub Antarctic Fur Seals and Californian Sea Lions as you stroll along the boardwalks.
Dolphin Beach – this large natural sandy bottom lagoon system is home to the park’s Offshore Bottlenose Dolphins.
Penguin Encounter – watch the King Penguins and Gentoo Penguins as they dive beneath the water and waddle around on the snow.
Penguin Point – this specially built exhibit is home to the smallest penguins in the world, the Fairy Penguins.
Shark Bay – the world’s largest man-made lagoon system lets you come face to face with sharks, tropical fish, stingrays and more!
Ray Reef – this interactive exhibit allows you to get up close and personal with the majestic stingray – touch them and all!
If you’re planning to stay in the Gold Coast area and hoping to visit Sea World, the team at Budget Motels Hotels are committed to helping you find the best possible accommodation. The region is a beautiful place to visit year round – you can expect fairly nice weather even in winter!