Sea World on the Gold Coast is one of four theme parks frequented by visitors to this region and one of three owned by Warner Bros: Sea World, Movie World and Wet ‘n’ Wild. Situated on the Broadwater, not far from Surfers Paradise or the six star Palazzo Versace Resort, Sea World provides a variety of entertainment for guests of all ages: 3D Spongebob Squarepants; rollercoaster rides; water slides and diving with sharks and although there are food outlets selling the usual fare of fish and chips, hot dogs, pizza and sandwiches, families can save money by packing a picnic.
If you don’t like rides you can relax and watch the stunts on the lake, sit by the pool, circle the park on the monorail or check out the Dinosaur exhibition, helicopter rides over the coast are also available for those preferring an aerial view. I personally love seeing the polar bears, seals, dolphins and penguins and I know that for some, the idea of paying to see animals in captivity is abhorrent, Sea World has a good reputation for the research and rescue of marine life and if seeing such amazing creatures up close in this environment teaches people love and respect for them (and their environment) then I’m all for it.
On the day we were there so were hundreds of school children, that’s right, crazy as it might seem we went to a theme park during the school holidays and we don’t have children. Hearing them squeal in excitement over the pelicans catching fish or as they watch dolphins perform reminds me how special these experiences are and I have to admit that on the inside I’m squealing in excitement too! Watching the seals I can’t help compare them to my two black doggies with their long noses and whiskers, at Sea World there are three types of seals in Seal Harbour: New Zealand Fur Seals, the golden maned Australian Sea Lions and Californian Sea Lions but it is impossible for me to figure out which seal is which. Polar Bear Shores is the other area I like to spend my time in, today it is quiet and we can easily get a good position to see the polar bears and it soon becomes obvious why, only one polar bear is out and about and he or she is not budging from their shady spot under a tree. The environment that the polar bears live in was created ten years ago and it is set up to provide them with the appropriate temperature, stimulation in the form of waterfalls, deep pools and trees, to see them diving into the water and placing their huge paws on the viewing glass is amazing but alas it is not going to happen on this visit.