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Gold Coast Things To Do, Queensland, Australia

Sea World on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia

Sea World Gold Coast Review

Sea World Resort & Water Park, Gold Coast, Australia

Sea World on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia really does provide an entertaining and educational day out for families. There is so much to do here for all age groups – arrive early and spend the whole day learning about marine animals, brave the rides and adventure zones, watch the captivating shows, meet your favourite Nickelodeon character and enjoy the sweeping views of Sea World from the Monorail.

Rides

The newly opened Nickelodeon Land at Sea World is a fun area for those with younger kids. This area features rides and shows based on popular Nickelodeon characters including the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. There are character meet and greets in this area throughout the day so be sure to check to boards for the various times. You can check ride restriction heights here for the Nickelodeon Land rides. You can view our Nickelodeon Land Walk Through YouTube Video here.

For bigger kids the three main thrill rides are the Viking’s Revenge Flume ride (min. height 95cm and under 120cm must be accompanied by an adult), the Storm Coaster (min. height 110cm and under 130cm must be accompanied by an adult) and the Jet Rescue ride (min. height 125cm). Both our boys (aged 9 & 10) really enjoyed these rides and we were lucky enough that when we were there (March 2016) it was pretty quiet and it was a weekday, so not much queuing for the rides.

Another really cool part of Sea World which our kids loved was Castaway Bay which is an adventure playground where you can climb and explore the five levels of the Sky Fortress or ride the Battle Boats where the adults can take revenge on the kids and get them soaking wet! For something a little more challenging the kids can try the Sky Climb for an extra fee (min. height is 120cm and under 140cm must be accompanied by an adult).

There is also the Monorail which takes you around the park and is a nice way to get to see just what Sea World on the Gold Coast has to offer.

Sea World on the Gold Coast

Monorail

Shows

Affinity Dolphin show is one  of the main attractions at Sea World. Here you get to learn a bit more about how these magical mammals live and their affinity with humans along with what we can do to help to maintain their safety. There are two shows daily at 11.15am and 3.30pm.

Another very entertaining show is the Fish Detective Sea Lion show. These cheeky sea lions will certainly provide the kids with plenty of laughs. This show is on twice daily at 10.15am and also 2.30pm.

Jet Stunt Extreme highlights some of the world’s best jet ski competitors and is certainly action packed with plenty of stunts and flips. You can catch this show daily at 1.30pm or 4.15pm.

For the smaller kids there is also a Dora the Explorer show called Dora’s Best Friends Adventure Show and is held daily at 12.15pm and 3.15pm. If your kids like the TNMT there is also a Turtle Power Show held at 11.00am and 1.45pm daily. They will also enjoy the 3D SpongeBob film which is shown pretty regularly throughout the day.

Animals

There is no shortage of animals to observe and learn about here at Sea World. Our favourite exhibits were;

  • Polar Bear Shores where you can watch these playful creatures from both above and beneath the water.
  • Penguin Encounter where you get to taste a little bit of what life is like for the large king penguins in Antarctica.
  • Penguin Point which houses the small fairy penguins.
  • Shark Bay which is a two level exhibit showcasing stunning tropical fish as well as plenty of sting rays and sharks. It also has some interactive touch pools where you can feel starfish and other rock pool creatures.
  • Ray Reef which is full of sting rays of all sizes that actually come up to the surface and let you get a feel of their slimy bodies.

On top of all this there are also many different animal adventures available at an extra cost, such as meet the dolphins or swimming with the sharks. They also do Helicopter rides and whale watching tours at certain times of the year (from June-Oct) – you can access more information on these adventures here.

Gates open at 9.30am and the rides start from 10.00am with the park closing at 5.00pm

General admission pricing is $79.00 per person (no child prices or family tickets available). Children under 3 are free.

If you are planning on visiting more than one theme park on the Gold Coast, they do have a combo pass available which is better value for $99 per person and includes entry to Warner Bros. Movie World, Seaworld and Wet ‘n’ Wild (read our Movie World review here).

You can also check the maintenance schedule here  before arriving to see which attractions will be closed during the time that you will be visiting.

For a full listing of ticket prices and park information – go to www.seaworld.com.au

Entrance to Movie World, Gold Coast

Movie World Gold Coast Review

Warner Bros. Movie World, Gold Coast

Warner Bros. Movie World theme park is located on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia and certainly provides a fun-filled day of entertainment for the whole family. With attractions and rides that cater for all age groups, there is something to do for everyone.

There are quite a few thrill rides here at Movieworld with the most extreme being the Superman Escape which goes from 0-100km/h in less than two seconds. Our nine year son was brave enough to go on it once, but don’t think he will be going back on in a hurry! Would recommend a bit older age bracket for that ride as well as the Arkham Asylum Coaster (both rides have a 140cm min. height restriction). He did however enjoy the Batwing Spaceshot and the Scooby Doo Coaster which is an indoor roller coaster. We managed to get our younger eight year son on to the Wild West Adventure Falls and the Justice League 3D ride.  Just a note that while we were here the Green Lantern ride was closed.

WB Kids Zone is designed to keep the younger kids entertained with much smaller rides like the Looney Tunes Carousel, Sylvester & Tweety Cages, Yosemite Sam Railroad and Sylvester’s Pounce ‘n’ Bounce. There is also a Looney Tunes Splash Zone for hot days where the kids need to cool off. Our boys especially loved the Road Runner Coaster as well as the Junior Driving School here. The Junior Driving School is a bit like dodgem cars but without the bumping and the kids can also get their very own drivers licence made up here.  Just a note that if you are looking for the bumper cars, they are over at Intencity Fun ‘n’ Games which is located near the Scooby Doo ride.

On Main Street you will find plenty of photo opportunities throughout the day with various Looney Tunes characters as well as your favourite superheroes. There is a good range of eateries and shops here as well. Down at the Roxy Theatre is the Rio 4D Experience which even the adults really enjoyed. At 10.45am the younger kids can enjoy a Looney Toons Dance Party and at 3.30pm there is an All Star Parade featuring Movie World characters including Batman, Scooby Doo & Shaggy, Bugs Bunny & friends as well as DC Superheroes and Villains.

The action-packed Hollywood Stunt Driver 2 show is performed twice daily at 11.00am and 1.50pm. If you love cars and stunts then don’t miss this extreme precision driving show as the skills of these drivers are pretty amazing.

Gates open at 9.30am and the rides start from 10.00am with the park closing at 5.00pm.

General admission pricing is $79.00 per person (no child prices or family tickets available). Children under 3 are free.

If you are planning on visiting more than one theme park on the Gold Coast, they do have a combo pass available which is better value for $99 per person and includes entry to Warner Bros. Movie World, Seaworld and Wet ‘n’ Wild. You can read our Sea World review here.

Fore more information on tickets and park attractions go to www.movieworld.com.au