Where is it: Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast
Why we love it: It’s a really interesting marine park set in wonderful Mooloolaba!
Tell me more:A family trip to the Sunshine Coast is not complete without visiting Sea Life Sunshine Coast (formerly Underwater World) - an awesome little aquarium and marine park! For almost 30 years Sea Life Sunshine Coast has been educating and entertaining with their magnificent collection of marine animals - there are a number of different tanks which house all sorts of different creatures – from star fish, jelly fish, all sorts of marine and freshwater fish, seals, otters, crocodiles and sharks. There are so many different things to see in the range of different aquariums and the magnificent glass-covered walkway underneath the shark tank! And it’s not just looking, you can also touch some of the star fish, feed a seal or even (if you’re game), go diving with sharks!
Today (April 2018) we had a 'Jawsome' time as we went along to a special event welcoming some new additions to Sea Life Sunshine Coast’s family – 3 very impressive grey nurse sharks called ‘Pallas’, ‘Patchy’ and ‘Huey’ which were re-housed from another aquarium. It was amazing to be able to get so close to these magnificent animals as we walked through the glass walkway – they are such impressive creatures! After checking out the new sharks the kids were very happy to follow the Paw Patrol program currently running through the facility and it had the little guys exploring the aquarium while searching for their favourite pups and matching them to their custom sticker sheet!
The park always plays host to lots of special programs like this that will keep everyone (not just the little guys) engaged with lots of immersive and interactive exhibits! On previous visits we've enjoyed fun themes such as Octonauts, Dory and Nemo, as well as the now closed exhibits of Creatures of the Deep with its weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit the deep seas - and Jurassic Seas which showcased some of the living fossils found in our oceans.
We love aquariums, and this one is great fun for all the family - it’s always a lovely and fun atmosphere, and it’s definitely worthy of a visit!
Amenities: Good amenities as expected, including a couple of food options! 👍👍👍
Parking: Parking available but this place (especially during the holidays) gets busy! 👍👍
Access: Good access throughout the facility! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: It's great for the whole family – the little guys will absolutely love the themed exhibits! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: One of our favourite places to visit – great for sparking an interest of marine life in the minds of our little guys! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: Plan your visit – the layout could be a little confusing and you don’t want to miss anything!
New sharks at Sea Life
Paw Patrol - Sea Patrol
Finding Dory and friends Official Opening
Jurassic Seas (Past experiences)
Brisbane Family Explorers