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SEA Life Sunshine Coast

Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557

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Open Times

Regular Opening Hours
Open daily 9am - 3pm (Last entry 2pm)
Queensland School Holiday Opening Hours
Open daily 9am - 5pm (Last entry 4pm)
ANZAC Day and Christmas Day
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
seal aquarium

The Sunshine Coast’s Underwater World

right at The Wharf Mooloolaba

Did you know that SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast was once called Underwater World?

Underwater World became a part of the SEA LIFE family when it was acquired by Merlin Entertainments in 2013. It’s still the same great Mooloolaba aquarium so many people have wonderful childhood memories of, now backed by a globally renowned brand.

Here’s some fun facts about our aquarium, as well as some of our favourite exhibits that now make SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast better than it’s ever been.

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Aquarium Fun Facts

From movie stars to giant squid...

In 1996...
Jackie Chan’s movie Police Story 4: First Strike was released featuring scenes shot within the aquarium, including one scene in the main aquarium where you can see a tourist family in the reflection of one of the tanks - Oops! Can you spot our aquarium in the movie trailer below?


In 2006...
Underwater World displayed a GIANT squid preserved in a huge block of ice over the Christmas holidays. It was a spectacle locals talked about for years!

Underwater World Giant Squid 2006 | SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast


In 2013...
After 24 years as Underwater World, Merlin Entertainments purchased the aquarium and announced they would be spending $6.5 million on a world class refurbishment of the aquarium. As part of this process, they also rebranded the aquarium to join the SEA LIFE Centre family. After two years of significant investment and refurbishment, the aquarium has been upgraded to include eleven new zones of discovery, iconic state-of-the-art displays and many new marine species.

 Aquarium Mooloolaba | SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

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Favourite Exhibits

Here's our top three, visit us and discover yours!


SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is now the proud owner of one of Australia’s largest collections of sea jellies! Watch of hundreds of upside down jellies, moon jellies, comb jellies, blue blubbers and sea nettles mesmerisingly floating in our interactive area.


A large portion of the attraction was turned into a visitor walk-way, where visitors can now explore the depths of the ocean by walking through an 80 meter long Ocean Tunnel, beneath the 2.5 million litre oceanarium. See all sorts of marine life swimming all above and around you, such as 8 different species of sharks and giant stingrays.


A beloved Underwater World favourite for generations now, you can still come and meet our resident seals at Seal Island. Learn about these gorgeous animals through one of our fun and educational seal presentations. You can even venture below to Lower Seal Island to see how they interact and play underwater. There you really get a sense for their natural behaviour and sheer speed and agility in the water.

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Education and Conservation

Breed, rescue and protect

By Underwater World being rebranded and joining the SEA LIFE family, the aquarium is now able to share knowledge and collaborate with staff at the other 40+ SEA LIFE aquariums around the world. Having this extensive support system is invaluable in being able to gain priceless knowledge that can be used to look after and treat our animals and natural habitats.

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is incredibly focussed on education and development and the upgrade to the aquarium also saw the introduction of new research programs which embrace the attractions strong ethical and environmental values of breed, rescue and protect.

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Book Tickets Online

Are you keen to see everything that's new at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast?

Book your tickets online below and save!


Save up to 20% - Online Only!
General Admission


Full Price


Adult From (Child $22)
  • Skip the queues with express mobile ticket entry
  • Prices vary by date and time - book in advance to save up to 20% in off peak or 10% in peak
  • Discount not available on same day purchases


No need to book a date or time



Per Adult (Child $28)
  • Flexible entry - arrive anytime in the next 12 months (valid for 1 entry)
  • Skip the queues with express mobile ticket entry
  • Free admission under age 3


'Seal' your friendship




Per Adult (Child $77)
  • Get up close to one of our beautiful resident seals
  • Take home one free professional photo memento
  • Includes all day aquarium admission