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Discover what's on these school holidays at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

An adventure awaits your kids at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast's underwater world. Each school holidays, our Mooloolaba aquarium hosts fantastic kids activities packed full of learning and fun. Come and see us and our marine creatures, for the perfect family day out!

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  • Sunshine Coast's only colony of Little Blue Penguins 
  • Penguin Encounter
  • Shark Dive Xtreme
  • Free school holiday activities
  • Marine Biologist for a Day program
  • Aquarium Sleepovers
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Little Blue Penguins: Only at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

Meet the little penguins and explore an underwater wonderland!

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Waddle into SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast (formerly Underwater World) and meet the little blue penguins!

The Little Blue Penguins zone will immerse guests in the wonderful world of the smallest penguin species. The aquarium’s new exhibit will take guests on a journey from an above ground observation deck to an underwater vantage point for an incredible insight into the life of a little penguin.

Guests can also get up close with heaps of other fascinating sea creatures and take part in the famous Seal Presentations! SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast’s team of experts host regular talks throughout the school holidays to share their passion for marine life and enlighten families with interesting facts about sea stars, rays, jellyfish and
countless other amazing aquatic animals.

Guests can take part in a range of additional experiences on offer during the school holidays, such as:

Behind the Scenes Tour:
Get an exclusive look behind the scenes to learn what goes into the day-to-day running of the aquarium. Speak to a marine expert to hear how the team cares for the sea creatures and learn more about the turtle rescue and rehabilitation program. 

Seal Encounter:
Come face to flipper with one of the beautiful seals. Get a photo taken to remember the experience and chat to the team to learn about these amazing marine mammals. 

Seal Swim Experience:
Get to know the playful seals by swimming alongside them in their pool! Meet the passionate team members and learn how they care for the beloved seals. 

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Penguin Encounter

Get up close to our playful penguins

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Step inside the Little Blue Penguins’ habitat at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast for the Penguin Encounter, where you can meet our adorable colony of birds and hand feed them a fishy feast!

The additional experience allows guests aged 5+ to step inside the penguins’ habitat to feed the cheeky little birds, go on a behind the scenes tour and discover how the dedicated team care for each of the penguins.

Shark Dive Xtreme

Shark Dive Xtreme

Shark Dives are back at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast!

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The Sunshine Coast’s only cage-less diving experience where you are guaranteed an underwater encounter with enormous sharks and rays is back.

The two-hour adventure takes you behind the scenes for a safety briefing and dive training before you take the plunge and find yourself inside the aquarium’s iconic Ocean Tunnel!

Free School Holiday Activities

It’s the Summer of Sharks at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast! The Mooloolaba aquarium is giving guests the opportunity to sink their teeth into the world of these fascinating sea creatures during the school holidays.

Visitors can discover all there is to know about the 11 different shark species at the aquarium through a range of activities focusing on myth-busting, conservation, shark safety, fun facts and more!

Each day of the school holidays, one of SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast’s resident Shark Gurus will be chatting with guests about all things shark-related from 10am – 3pm, answering questions, showcasing artefacts and educating people about how to be shark safe this summer.

Marine Biologist For a Day Program

THIS EXPERIENCE IS CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE!

Ever wondered what it’s like to work at a cool aquarium like SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast? Well, now your kids have the chance to see what it’s all about. Our Marine Biologist for a Day school holiday activity program takes them behind the scenes to hang out with one of our marine experts!

While parents are welcome to attend the program with their children, we find that our little Marine Biologists thrive even more when given the responsibility of being left alone with our staff for their very own adventure.

Drop the kids off at our aquarium for a full or half day program. View the details for each program in the tabs below.

Kids With Turtle

What's Included?

The Marine Biologist school holiday activity includes:

  • Admission to SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
  • Morning Tea
  • Lunch & afternoon tea (FULL DAY program)
  • VIP seating at our Seal Presentation
  • A guided tour around the aquarium with a marine expert
  • A cool Behind the Scenes Tour
  • An exclusive chat with one of our divers (FULL DAY program)
  • Interactive animal handling and feeding
  • A 'Marine Biologist for a Day' certificate
  • Souvenir green-screen photo to remember the fun!

Places are limited. Book early so your child doesn't miss out!

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Sleep Under the Sharks

THIS EXPERIENCE IS CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE!

You're Invited to Sleepover at Our Aquarium!

When all the daytime staff have gone home for the night, and most of the lights are switched off, you can come and see what the critters and creatures get up to when they think no one is watching!

With the Sleep Under the Sea experience you'll have the opportunity to sleep inside our oceanarium tunnel with sharks and giant rays swimming above you, and participate in a range of great aquarium activities without the daytime crowds.

Grey Nurse Shark

Sleeping Arrangements

Sleeping under our 80 metre long Ocean Tunnel is definitely one of the highlights! It is divided into 3 different areas – The Shark Shipwreck, Coral Cove and Bay of Rays.

Watch our animals get active at night as the blue coloured night lights come on. Or see if you can spot our Grey Nurse Sharks resting on the glass above you.

Did you know that some species of shark and fish never stop swimming?! They don’t sleep like we do, so chances are you will see their shadowy figures moving around all night long.

Sleepover at our aquarium!

  • Sleep overnight at our aquarium, inside the shark tunnel!
  • Go on a behind the scenes tour and see an exclusive night-time seal presentation
  • Includes meals, drinks and souvenir gift