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Sea Life on the Sunshine Coast is Perfect for Families

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SEA LIFE on the Sunshine Coast is located in Mooloolaba, just 1 hour north of Brisbane.

My family and I decided to go to the Sunshine Coast so we planned a trip to SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast at Mooloolaba. We had not been for a year or so, and we wanted to visit again. Our children, now 3, 5 and 7 have always loved visiting and seeing all the ‘sea creatures’.

Hands-on interactive underwater fun

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When you enter SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast the first thing you notice is the interactivity they’ve embedded throughout the aquarium. From the minute you walk in the door you get to touch and hold sea stars, sea cucumbers and other underwater friends. If you have kids who like to touch they’ll be just fine here! The expert staff is on hand to help you enjoy the adventure!

There are so many varied displays and tanks with any manner of underwater friends from the Little Blue Penguins, Seahorse Sanctuary, Ocean Tunnel, Tidal Touchpool, Coastal Wreck,  Seal Island (personal favourite), Jellyfish Kingdom, Finding Dory and Friends, and Shipwreck Shores. See them all by clicking here.

There are also numerous presentations and talks by the expert staff – again, my favourite, the Seal Presentation!

Get up close and personal with the animals

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You can book an ‘up close and personal’ experience with the penguins, seals, and sharks or book your next birthday party at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast!

In addition to visiting the penguins on your journey through the aquarium, you can now step inside the penguins’ habitat for a Penguin Encounter! This unique experience allows you to meet the cheeky birds up close, hand-feed them a fishy feast, go on a behind-the-scenes tour, and discover how the team cares for the colony.

Find discount tickets to Sea Life here!

COMPETITION CLOSED: WIN a family pass to Sea Life on the Sunshine Coast

Master 7 has put together a short video of his visit with his comments and suggestions:

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

44 thoughts on “Sea Life on the Sunshine Coast is Perfect for Families”

  1. It’s on our bucket list to get up close with the seals! Just love their soulful eyes and playful personalities🦭🥰🤞🏻

  2. I love the penguins at Sea Life! And the hands on “touch and feel tank” is always a fun start to the whole day experience!

  3. I haven’t been there for years it looks like there is so much more to see and do. Thanks for the opportunity to win a family pass

  4. We did this when my toddler was a baby but now that he is older this would so enjoyable for him to see! He loves fish and sharks!

  5. I love turtles and their beautiful patterns on their shells, but I’d be most excited about the sharks because our 3 sons would be thrilled to bits 😍🤞

  6. I haven’t been since I was a kid myself and I remember how awesome it was so we can’t wait to take our son here, gonna be alot of fun! 😃

  7. My youngest gets extremely excited seeing the seals at Sea Life. I like the antics of the penguins, they are so cute and funny to watch.

  8. I took the children there years ago, but had to rush it. I’d like to go there now with borrowing a proper camera too. Cheers!

  9. Sealife is the perfect holiday destination when staying on the sunny coast. The seals were my 5yo’s favourite – they are very playful and cheeky!


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