“ Bring your swimming suit and take a swim with the marine life! Enjoy watching marine shows, rides, and lots of your favourite ice cream. „
I was backpacking round Australia and when it was my 21st birthday there was one thing I wanted to do - Swim with dolphins at Sea World.
I booked their Backstage Experience and made the journey to the park, I had only seen dolphins from a distance at North Stradbroke so when I saw my first dolphin up close I felt like a child again and couldn't wait to be in the water with them. I was directed to the place where you get the weatsuits (which were surprisingly comfortable) and met up with the others.
We were taking up to the tower where they do the voiceovers during the show and got to see all the controls, we then watched a show which was breathtaking. Once everyone was gone that was when we got to go in the water.
We were told about the dolphins and what the park does and the day was made complete when we were allowed to swim with them - not something that the park often does!
Sea World is a fantastic place to visit and truly magical.
wow wot can i say about this place its cool not only do you see the animals but the shows are cool and then there is the water park take your trunks with you if you dont you can buy them their
I visited the Sea World resort earlier this year and will admit I was very impressed, on the whole the staff were friendly and educational and the animals seemed happy and well kept, however it was all a bit Hollywood for me you really knew you were at (basically) a theme park.
As theme parks go it was different and good fun however I wouldn't recommend it solely as a theme park as there are only a few rides, and they are nothing compared to Warner Bros Studios down the road.
I also participated in the Dolphin/Sea Lion meet and greet which was good fun and it is great to see the animals so close, they were very friendly. The only thing was that some of the staff were very pushy and were not as friendly as I would have hoped and I found this dampend the whole visit (more so than the rain)
Seaworld is an aquarium/ theme park which educated you on animals and you have the option to have fun watching shows and going on rides that are scattered throughout the park. Seaworld is located on Seaworld Drive at Main Beach, just 3km north of Surfers Paradise. You can get a shuttle from Surfer's Paradise very easily, it runs every 30 minutes and you can be picked up from your hotel. If you are driving from Surfers Paradise, follow the Esplanade, Main Beach Parade then into Seaworld Drive, it is sign posted well and shouldn't be too hard to find. If you are coming from Southport cross over Southport Bridge, immediately turn left and follow the signs. From the Pacific Motorway, take the Smith Street exit and follow the signs. The address of Seaworld is Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Gold Coast, QLD, 4217. If you need to contact them the telephone number is 0755882205.
Opening hours is from 10am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day. On Anzac Day it opens from 1.30pm. Show times change every now and then and can be obtained as soon as you enter Seaworld. It cost $69 (adult), $45 (child) for a regular ticket. One Australian dollar is equal to 0.458 United Kingdom pounds. You can purchase different types of packages, which are available.
An information desk is available as soon as you enter the park an information desk to answer any queries you may have. Interpretation services are on hand if needed. If a child is lost it is to be reported here immediately and they can help you find your child. If stroller or wheelchair hire is needed enquire here. Any claims for lost property must be reported here.
First Aid is available just at the entrance. Parent's Room, ATM facility, Rest rooms and disability rest rooms.
Telephones, drinking fountains, lockers and rest rooms are scattered about the park. They can all be located on the map, which you will receive upon entering the park.
Waterski Wipeout - This is a show has the theme of the 1960's (the 'Golden Era') of Surfers Paradise. All he colourful costumes and sets stick to this style. The ski team put on an entertaining show doing various stunts that will keep you entertained. I think the show lasts for roughly half an hour. It will apply to all age groups. The music will boom through the park and will get your attention as soon as it starts.
Fish Detectives - Unfortunately we missed this show but I could hear the audience laughing while it was on. It is a show that has seals doing ticks. It lasts 15 minutes.
Planet SOS in 4 D - This is a show, which is a short film that is four-dimensional. It has animals tackling environmental issues so it is education. Personally I wasn't overly impressed with this show and to be honest if I had the choice I wouldn't watch it again. This show lasts 15 minutes however I had to wait over half and hour to see it.
Imagine Dolphin Show - A typical dolphin show that has the usual tricks and gives you information on the dolphins. One thing that I do remember about this show was that the music was being played really loud and it hurt my ears. The show lasted 20 minutes and I would advise you get there early to get a good seat.
Seasame Street Beach Stage Show - Another show I missed as it was aimed at very young children. They could interact with Sesame Street characters, which sang songs in a confined area. The show will last 20 minutes.
Polar bears - they were on display in an enclosure that in my opinion wasn't all that large. Personally I felt that Seaworld would have given them more space. I wasn't overly impressed. The polar bears do have dens which they can escape to land and they nap here, so if they are not in view you are asked to come back later. Saying all this the polar bears do look happy.
Dugong Discovery - from the brochure I thought there would be a big section dedicated to these animals. Instead there was only one dugong to be seen. In fairness there was lots of notice boards giving you information on the animal to read up on, but if you are like me you can't be bothered.
Dolphin Nursery - I probably enjoyed here the most as you could get reasonably close to the dolphins and watch them interact with each other. They truly are beautiful animals.
Shark Bay & Aquarium in this section they had rock pools where you were able to touch the animals in the rock pools. Generally this was starfish. At the aquarium they have lots of different fish and sharks. If you want you can go and five with the sharks and fish (this will be an additional cost though).
To make this more than an aquarium they have several rides within the park. They have a corkscrew rollercoaster, a skyrail, log flume and young children's ride. The two rides I experienced was the Seaworld Eye that went round in a circle. At the top you had a great view of the park. I felt slightly trapped on this ride, there was a button you could press to get them to take you down. The second ride I went on was called the Bermuda Triangle which was a water based ride. It took you through an adventure. The build up of the ride and waiting times stopped me from going on it a second time.
I thought that Seaworld was better than other zoo/aquariums I have went to. All the animals seemed happy, content and healthy. Saying this I felt that the park would have more of a wow factor. I'm not sure what I expected from this place, however I felt that it didn't offer anything new. It was not a place I would visit again even though I enjoyed my day here. A day was definitely long enough to spend in the park. Everywhere seemed clean and it offers some quaint yet expensive shops and souvenirs. The park is not overly huge and very accessible for parents with young children with prams. The foods in the park like most of the places like here was expensive and not very appetising. If you can I would advise you to bring a packed lunch, tables are provided for you to eat your food. If you do eat in the park there is a varied selection of places to eat. I would recommend that you go here if you want to see the animals but don't expect a lot from Seaworld in the Gold Coast as in my opinion it is not as good as expected. It is worth the money to go one day as all your rides and shows are included. There are lots of things to do for children, but without children the park doesn't seem to be much fun!