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6 insider tips to make the most out of your day at Sea World

When school holidays hit and it’s time to start thinking about ways to spend your family time, it can be tough to find activities that suit the whole crew. Sea World Australia on the Gold Coast is an excellent destination for families looking for entertaining and educational options that everyone will love.

In addition to incredible rides and activities for all ages, Sea World Australia is probably best known for the countless opportunities it provides to get up close to amazing marine life.

Visitors can witness first hand the company’s serious approach to wildlife conservation while they learn about the vital roles these animals play in our ocean ecosystems.

Whether you’re a returning visitor or a first-timer, here’s some top tips to get the most out of your Sea World Australia experience.

1. Get educated

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Parks like Sea World Australia have a big responsibility to set a good example for their audience when it comes to their approach to animal welfare. Sea World has over 40 years’ experience in the areas of animal care, research and rescue, and the wellbeing of the animals in its care is its number one priority.

This is evident in their shows and presentations, and audiences have no choice but to take away the overarching message about the importance of conservation and why looking after our marine life and waterways should be a priority for all of us. Take the opportunity to build on the messages conveyed in their shows and you’re primed for an exciting and enriching experience for the whole family.

2. Buy your tickets online

Don’t wait ‘til you get to the gate! All Sea World Australia tickets can be pre-purchased online, where you can access lower prices and package deals, tailored to your specific interests.

You can also pre-purchase food-and-drink and souvenir packages, to make sure you’re sorted on the day.

3. Stay onsite

Sea World Australia is the only theme park on the Gold Coast with a hotel right next door, and is on our list of the best family-friendly resorts in Queensland. To score a great deal on accomodation, keep a lookout for the incredible “stay and play” deals that offset the cost of entry.

Value aside, an overnight stay at Sea World Resort and Water Park is as convenient as it is luxurious; you can pop in and out as many times as you like (via direct monorail access!) to make use of the facilities and avoid the queues throughout the park.

4. Plan your days

With so much to see and do, you need to plan your time carefully. Prior to your trip, jump onto  the Sea World Australia website and make a list of the attractions you want to visit and shows you want to see, so you don’t miss a thing. That way, you can easily jump from one to the other without wasting time looking at what’s on when.

There’s lots to cover, but Sea World’s famous educational marine life shows, featuring penguins, seals and dolphins are always popular, so get in early to snap up the best spot. These interactive, educational presentations are a great way to learn more about these protected species and see how they’re lovingly and expertly cared for by the experienced Sea World team.

5. Don’t miss the penguins

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Whatever your plans for the day, don’t miss the Penguin Feeding Presentation—a clear favourite with kids and adults alike. You’ll get to watch the waddly creatures up close, swimming and tapping their feet to their hearts’ content as they get their daily feeds.

Every penguin you see has been rescued, in most cases as a result of serious injury or illness, and has come to Sea World to be nurtured back to health. These presentations are uplifting and informative and are not to be missed.

Not to mention, they’re very cute.

6. Beat the heat

When you’re done marvelling over the penguins in their icy wonderland, you’ll no doubt be ready to cool off yourself.

Head over to Castaway Bay, Sea World’s incredible water park, which is the perfect place for a refreshing break. This interactive adventure water park has something for all ages and will keep the kids entertained for hours.

Step into the shoes of Jack Sparrow in the Battle Boats, then splash around at The Reef—an all-new, fully accessible interactive splash zone. Just don’t forget to bring a towel.

When you’re all splashed out, relax in one of the many shady spots scattered throughout the park.