Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Seaworld - Gold Coast With Kids

Up close with dolphins encounter at Sea World - Gold Coast


Sea World at Gold Coast Australia was the part of our Brisbane holidays that I was really looking forward to. It was also the only attraction that the family woke up and got ready early enough in the morning to enjoy 3/4 of our day there. 

We set off from our accommodation at Brisbane Holiday Village, Eight Miles Plain at 9.30am and arrived at Sea World, Gold Coast slightly more than an hour later. It was a nice day, cool with a slight sun. 

Stroller rental at Sea World Gold Coast - it's 3.00pm and my second son was dead tired :)


After renting a stroller from Guest Services, it was nearly 10.45 am and we didn't think that we can make it for the 11.00am dolphin show as it was at the other side of the park and we had my 71 year old mother-in-law with us. We decided to take the tram and just give it a shot, who knows we might get to catch some of the show. Arriving at the dolphin show area at 11.10am.. we managed to catch the dolphins leaping of the water in a beautiful choreograph waving good bye. Hah! What a bummer.. but it was a beautiful ending and that made us resolve to come early for the 3.00pm show.





Sea World - Gold Coast's dolphin show



My excited 3 year old wanting to catch a picture of the dolphins at Sea World Gold Coast


After the show, some of the dolphins hang around the area for a quick swim to give those who missed the show a shot at snapping some pictures. But fret not, even if you miss the show, just 5 minutes walk down is an area designated for an up-close experience with the dolphins, so even if you don't sign up for the up-close experience with the dolphins package, you will still be able to see those who participate in this and get some neat video footage as well.


This is a video of part of Sea World - Imagination dolphin Show:







We walked a bit to an eating area next to Sesame Street for an early lunch. Supposedly, there is a halal food outlet there but we didn't know that then and we happily munched on our home-made spaghetti (yes, they didn't check our bags and allowed it in even though the website states no outside food) our kids occupied themselves with gawking at the fun fair styled game stalls.

He wanted a picture with Elmo but ermm.. he's too short and mum's a bad photographer


Sesame Street Beach at Sea World Gold Coast

The underground observation area for the sharks and manta rays were really beautiful and huge and  I think provides a better view of the sharks than the ride on a glass bottomed boat that you have to pay extra for. There is also a touch pool for rays, starfishes and sea cucumbers but my kids didn't dare to touch any. I was quite looking forward to seeing the polar bears but when we reached the polar bears enclosure, we (and other Sea World visitors) couldn't spot one.

Penguins at Sea World- Gold Coast
Since my kids are still small, we didn't go for any of the rides, but they still enjoyed Sea World very much. It was an amazing day and Sea World is a must for any Gold Coast tourist.

Sea World Gold Coast - Whale Watch Cruise

Sea World Gold Coast also offers whale cruises that departs from Sea World do check out their website for more details.