Ever wanted to pucker up and kiss a seal or perhaps hand feed sharks?
At the fabulous Sunshine Coast aquarium Underwater World, both of these
things are possible, and so very much more.
Perhaps you may not be inclined to actually kiss a seal or get suited
up to go diving with sharks, but there is so much you can do and enjoy
at one of the best interactive aquariums found in Australia.
enter this fabulous underwater adventure, the first thing you experience
is Stingray Reef, with a large collection of Brown Rays, Blue Spotted
Fantail Rays and many more.
You then step over to the tropical touchpool where you can feel star
fish, tropical sea cucumbers and other exotic creatures, with full informative
and educational narrative from the experienced staff.
Sharks, freshwater crocodiles, massive barramundi, otters and seals
may be the main attractions at Underwater World, yet turtles and fish
of all species make for a fascinating journey that you can take hours
and hours. Many people spend a full day to completely see and appreciate
the numerous fish displays, interact with various exhibits and enjoy
all the shows and trainer talks.
There is something particularly relaxing just watching seemingly carefree
fish, gliding in tanks resembling their natural habitat. The fish tanks
at Underwater World are designed so that the smallest visitor can easily
see all the aquatic creatures, with fabulous lighting to show the occupants
at their best. The colours and variety of fish is outstanding and it
is amazing to view Lionfish, Stonefish, Rabbitfish, Seahorses and Pufferfish
are many shows throughout the day with the favorite being the "Seals
Behaving Badly" shows at Seal Cove. You really have to see these
naughty seals stealing the trainers fish while they are not looking
and all the other antics that are so amusing to the audience.
the trainers don't find it funny, but seals are such lovable creatures
we are sure they won't hold a grudge.
There is one show each day called
‘Who’s Training Who?’ where you'll learn how the trainers communicate
with the seals. This seal show is very informative and very funny.
Another crowd favorite is the Otters Show at 11.45 and again at 3.00pm,
where you will learn how these wonderful and cute creatures clean their
food before eating, seemingly go to the toilet in a designated area
and cover over their mess and other interesting facts about otters in
Have your camera ready, as these frisky guys and gals will
go to all lengths to get your attention and will pose for a shot or
Then there is the fabulous shark tank, an 80m tunnel with a moving
walkway where you explore the coral reef, cave and open ocean! Be amazed
by giant rays, colourful fish, moray eels and a number of different
species of sharks including Grey Nurse Sharks, Sandbar Whalers, Whitetip
Reef Sharks, Zebra Sharks and many more.
You are so close to the creatures
in this underwater paradise, you really feel as if you could reach out
and touch them as they glide silently by. The shark tank is a fascinating
and humbling experience that you will not forget.
hungry? Underwater World has a fabulous onsite cafe, or you can elect
to go over to the adjoining Mooloolaba Wharf for a variety of delicious
food outlets. Reentry to the aquarium is free as you get stamped so
you can come and go as you please all day.
Don't forget to check out
the gift store as you leave. There are some fantastic mementos and souvenirs
to remind you of your visit to Underwater World.
Underwater World Mooloolaba is a fabulous day and very easy to find.
There is plenty of parking available, plus there are many additional
experiences available such as Diving with Sharks, Behind the Scenes
tours, a variety of keeper talks, educational programs and you can even
book a "Birthday Party" with Pirate, Mermaid, Shark or 'Nemo'
themes, with the birthday girl or boy receiving a big wet kiss from
Underwater World, Sunshine Coast
Mooloolaba QLD 4557
(Directly opposite Mooloolaba Wharf and just off River Esplanade, close
to the Mooloolaba Life Saving Club.)