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Sea World

Gold Coast, Queensland

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Dolphins at Sea World

Dolphins do synchronised jumping at Sea World

Courtesy Warner Village Theme Parks

Sea World on Queensland's Gold Coast is the coastal strip's oldest theme park, having been started in 1958 as Surfers Paradise Ski Gardens at Carrara and later renamed and relocated to Sea World Drive in 1971.

It remains a showcase of marine life wonders and a place where you can enjoy various rides, shows and other attractions.

Dolphins and waterskiing

For years its staple attraction has been the waterski show with water skiers doing acrobatic formations and jumps and the dolphin show where dolphins cavort, do synchronised jumps, and generally indulge in showing off to their audience.

Sharks and polar bears

One of its newer attractions is Shark Bay (not to be confused with Shark Bay in Western Australia) where not only can you view sharks swimming about but you can swim with them as well.

And now there are young polar bears Hudson and Nelson, and their more adult counterparts Lia and Lutik, at Polar Bear Shores.

Sea World, with continuously-fashioned new attractions, remains a Gold Coast theme park favorite.

Where is it?

Sea World is at Sea World Drive, The Spit, Main Beach, three kilometres north of Surfers Paradise on Queensland's Gold Coast.

How to get there

If driving, take the Gold Coast Highway north from Surfers Paradise, and follow the signs. From Southport, cross the Southport Bridge, turn left and follow the signs. From the Pacific Motorway, take the Smith St exit and follow the signs.

There are free car parking spaces available at Sea World's front entrance. Reserved parking is also available for disabled guests adjacent to the main gate.

There are bus tours and bus services to Sea World from Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and other partws of Queensland.

Trains on the Brisbane-Gold Coast line stop a Helensvale station which is a 25-minute bus ride from Sea World.

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