One of Australia’s biggest marine parks, Sea World Gold Coast is home to dolphins, rays, sharks, polar bears, and seals. The family attraction has thrilling rides, educational exhibits, and daily live shows, and it’s also involved in marine life rescue and rehabilitation efforts along the Gold Coast.
As one of the most popular Gold Coast theme parks, it’s worth prebooking your tickets for Sea World Gold Coast to ensure fast-track entry.
Thrill-seekers can invest in a multi-day Gold Coast Theme Park pass to enjoy admission to Sea World plus Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast, and Paradise Country. A standard Day Pass to Sea World includes access to all of the park’s exhibitions, shows, and rides. A number of experiences are available to book, including behind-the-scenes tours and jet boat rides.
Things to Know Before You Go
- On-site facilities include paid storage lockers, ATMs, free Wi-Fi, and a selection of shops and restaurants.
- Most attractions are outdoors, so bring sun protection and wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Bring a towel and a change of clothes if taking part in any water-based activities.
- Many rides and attractions are wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs are available on-site for free (advance reservations recommended).
- Minimum age requirements vary by activity from 4 to 14 years old.
How to Get There
Sea World is in Southport, Queensland, 49 miles (79 kilometers) southeast of Brisbane and 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) north of Surfers Paradise. Get there by car, taxi, or a tour. There are also public buses from the Gold Coast that stop close to the park. The closest international airports are the Gold Coast and Brisbane, both around an hour’s drive away.
When to Get There
Sea World is open year-round. Summer months (December–January), when it can get crowded. With sunny days all year, visiting in low season is a good way to maximize your time and avoid congestion, but a trip during school holidays and celebrations can be more atmospheric, with special seasonal events, such Sea World Carnivale.
Family Fun at Sea World Gold Coast
The highlight of a Sea World visit is the animal residents: Stop by Penguin Point and Polar Bear Shores, visit Shark Bay’s underwater viewing area, and learn about rehabilitation efforts at Seabird Rehabilitation Aviary. Watch live shows, including a high-speed Jet Ski stunt show and appearances from PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Enjoy Storm Coaster and Jet Rescue coaster, or let kids discover Castaway Bay and Nickelodeon Land.