Sea World Gold Coast is a must-SEA attraction for all the family. Encompassing four parks and numerous water-themed activities, the South East Queensland-based fun park provides a jam-packed day of interactive activities from morning to night.

History of Sea World

Back in 1923, Keith Williams established Surfer’s Paradise Sky Gardens, an entertainment platform popular with visitors to the coastal region. Water ski shows and aqua ballet were among the performances providing enjoyment for tourists and locals alike.

When the show moved to its current location at The Spit in 1971, marine mammals were introduced to the repertoire and Sky Gardens evolved into Sea World.

Since then, from its home on the outskirts of Main Beach, North Gold Coast, Sea World has continued to evolve and expand in its offering. Sea World is wholly-owned by Village Roadshow Theme Parks (VRTP) and is a separate entity to the US chain of theme parks known as SeaWorld.

When is Sea World Gold Coast open?

The sub-tropical Gold Coast climate boasting up to 300 days of sunshine a year means Sea World is the ideal venue to open seven days a week, 363 ½ days a year.

The doors close for just one full day a year (Christmas Day) and follow ANZAC Day traditions opening at 1:30 pm on the nationally-observed day of remembrance.

What can I do at Sea World Gold Coast?

Sea World is the perfect place for visitors to interact with marine life and learn more about the vital role the ocean plays in life on earth.

Sea World activities include:

– Swimming with dolphins (in deep or shallow water)

– The Ray Reef experience – a chance to touch the majestic rays and learn more about their role in the ecosystem.

– Seal and penguin shows

– The Turtle Rescue Ranger

– Polar bear experiences

– Cruise on a glass bottom boat over Shark Bay to see a range of sharks

– Snorkel over the tropical reef lagoon

All activities concentrate on providing insight into the lives of marine animals through entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

With an ethical and moral obligation to wildlife, Sea World is committed to the wellbeing of the animals and uses proven expertise to ensure their welfare is never compromised.

Getting around the park

Covering 55 acres of land, Sea World attractions are accessible by foot and a monorail with two main stations within the park with convenient stops along the two-kilometre track. If one day isn’t enough, the third station connects to Sea World Resort – a great place to stay overnight to make a weekend of your trip.

Places to eat

There are ten different restaurants and cafes situated to take the best advantage of views over the lagoons and bays in the park. Serving everything from burgers to pizza, ice cream, muffins, and fresh healthy food snacks, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Sea World’s role in marine life rehabilitation

The non-profit Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation Inc (SWRRFI) funds and promotes independent marine research projects.

The Sea World rescue team is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to help distressed and injured marine creatures. The organisation has also worked on pioneering new equipment and continues to develop best practices surrounding rescue methods.

Sick and injured animals are brought to Sea World, given veterinary care and nursed back to health before being released back into the wild. You can also visit the Sea World rehabilitation aviary with its resident seabirds, rescued after nasty experiences with hooks, fishing line, and plastic…the scourge of the oceans.

Unfortunately, not all rescued wildlife will be released back into its natural habitat due to their disabilities, but they have a haven at Sea World, Gold Coast. The rescue team has saved over 1300 seabirds alone. If you know of a marine creature in distress call 07 5588 2222 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) or 07 5588 2177 (After Hours).

Sea World Tickets

Sea World tickets cost $85 per adult and $79 per child but to reduce the cost and increase the value, purchase a combination pass that includes entry to three more theme parks in the Gold Coast region.

Other Gold Coast Theme Parks

Wet ‘n’ Wild

At the Gold Coast’s biggest water park, kids and adults can enjoy Castaway Bay splash area, experience thrill rides on the Storm Coaster and the Jet Rescue Coaster, and while away the day on lots more rides and experiences suited to a range of age groups.

Warner Bros. Movie World

As one of the Gold Coast’s most infamous attractions, Warner Bros. Movie World enables guests to visit Nickelodeon Land where they can meet and greet well-known Nickelodeon characters.

The little ones can watch fun shows which include the Turtle Power live show featuring their favourite Ninja Turtles in action. They can also view the SpongeBob SquarePants movie in 3D, Paw Patrol Goes on Holiday – a live show, and much more.

Paradise Country

Based at Oxenford, Paradise Country offers visitors ‘an authentic Aussie farm experience’ providing a setting for kids to interact with Aussie farm animals such as kangaroos and koalas and try their hand at sheep shearing too.

Best deals on tickets

Village Roadshow One Pass – $215

This unlimited entry annual pass is valid for 12 months from the date of your first visit to the park and includes entry to all four parks. You can also visit Carnivale at Sea World once and White Christmas at Warner Bros once – these entries alone are valued at $40 each!

Local Village Roadshows One Pass – $149

If you’re lucky enough to be a local who lives in Queensland or Northern New South Wales with postcodes 2450 to 2490, you can save 30% on the Village Roadshow Pass which entitles you to unlimited entry to all four fun parks any day of the year.

Three-day Combo Pass – $129

Visitors here for a short time can buy a combo pass giving access to the biggest collection of thrill rides, slides, animal experiences and shows over three consecutive days. Parks included are Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet ‘n ‘Wild Gold Coast and Sea World Gold Coast. Paradise Country is not included in this offer.

Village Roadshow Mega Pass – $179

This is the whole box and dice, a chance to enjoy over 115 rides, attractions, shows and experiences, with unlimited entry for 14 consecutive days to all four parks.

By comparison, single-day ticket costs per theme park are:

– Wet ‘n’ Wild $79 per adult and $74 per child

– Paradise Country $39 per adult and $29 per child

– Warner Bros. Movie World $95 per adult and $89 per child

Buying a combination pass provides flexibility and cuts your costs by almost half making it a cheaper way to create endless memories with the family while learning about Australian conservation and wildlife.

Sea World is an experience that keeps on giving no matter how many times you visit. In addition to all the once-in-a-lifetime sites and attractions, you’ll also support native marine and wildlife rescue programs not just on the Gold Coast, but across Australia.

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