10 Must-visit attractions at Sea World Gold Coast
The Gold Coast wouldn’t be complete without Sea World. So if you’re coming to Main Beach on you holiday, it would be a crime to skip the marine park. This is especially true if you have children, as Sea World Gold Coast has over 40 fun-filled attractions - all family friendly! But even on the best of holidays it would be hard to find the time to see and experience all of it.
So, to help you make the most of your Sea World stop, here are our picks for the must-visit attractions.
We’re starting this list with the newest attraction in Sea World’s New Atlantis precinct: Vortex. The 10-metre high pendulum swing ride is all thrills and it’s opening this summer. If you like an adrenaline rush, this is a must-ride that’s definitely worth the line.
Seals are practically the doggos of the sea. So don’t miss the chance to meet these fun creatures up close. The best part for parents is, while this activity is highly interactive, nobody has to get in the water!
Affinity Dolphin Presentation
The Affinity Dolphin show, which is held at Dolphin beach, features three of the park’s dolphin rescues: Howie, RAAF, and Nudge. They swim with their trainer to highlight dolphins’ special relationship with humans and also, to teach the audience a thing or two about protecting marine wildlife.
Meet the Dolphin
If you were enthralled with the rescue dolphins’ performance at the show, then grab the chance to meet one of them! The dolphin encounter is expectedly a semi-water interaction and kids aged 4 and above can participate. Keep in mind that this activity is available only on select weeks of the year so if you happen to be there when it’s available, make sure not to miss it!
Read about some other Gold Coast activites for the family in our helpful article.
Penguin Feeding Presentation
Learn more about adorable waddling penguins as their keepers give an educational talk while feeding them. It’s not just a show for the kids - not many adults see cute little penguins being fed every day either!
Trainer for a Day
Is dolphin training the right career for you? Does your child dream of making dolphins and seals dance? Then you’re in for a treat. Sea World lets its guests experience what it’s like to work as a trainer in the park for a day. The activity is not just a reason to see the animals up close but rather, a fantastic opportunity to learn about wildlife and responsibility.
Thunder Lake Stunt Show
For something more thrilling, go and watch the showdown between the Sun State All-Stars and the Bay City River Rats as they wakeboard and BMX by the iconic Sea World lake. The show isn’t on all year but it’s usually open during summer. It’s also a great show to watch when you while taking a break from all the walking!
Tropical Reef Snorkel
If you have no time to organise an actual reef dive, Sea World’s Tropical Reef Snorkel is the next best thing. The activity takes place in the reef lagoon where you will encounter beautiful tropical fish, magnificent rays, and some of the bigger sharks through a glass partition.
Splash at the Reef at Castaway Bay
Fun for the kids and relaxing for the adults, this fun splash area features water cannons, animal sculptures, and creative spouts that will provide hours of entertainment. There is, of course, a comfortable shaded area for parents who want to take a break.
An outdoor area with rides, parades, and meet-and-greets that your kids won’t soon forget, Nickelodeon Land is a must-see attraction at Sea World. There are live shows features Nick characters throughout the day so it doesn’t matter when you drop by.
Not technically inside Sea World but located very close by is Jetboat Extreme -- the best jetboat experience in all of Surfers Paradise. It’s very easy to spend a few hours at Sea World then come straight to an amazing jetboat experience -- a total must-do on the Gold Coast.
For jetboat newbies, we offer Jetboat and Surf lessons: 55 minutes of learning how to ride one of their famous red jetboats followed by 2 hours of surf lesson. It’s a great way to spend the morning or afternoon!
Gold Coast boasts a lot of places to eat so we understand the decision paralysis. Here’s a solution: a Jetboat Extreme ride to Driftwood Social where you can enjoy a poolside lunch of either their famous Driftwood burger, Open Steak Sandwich, Nicoise lunch, or Veggie Burger. If you fancy a swim, their pool is perfect.
We saved the best for last. It’s great to be on the water but it’s awesome to be above it, too. Jetboat Exteme offers an exciting combo of jetboating followed by a marvelous helicopter tour of the city. The heli tour ends at Marina Mirage.