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SEA Life Sunshine Coast

Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557

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Open Times

Regular Opening Hours
Open 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

Sleep Under the Sharks

These School Holidays

Currently not offered

Exclusive school holidays family activity

Includes afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast

Families with children ages 5+

Places limited, book early!

You're Invited to Sleepover at Our Aquarium!

A school holiday family adventure you'll never forget


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 Ocean Tunnel with sharks and giant rays swimming above you, and participate in a range of great aquarium activities without the daytime crowds.

Our knowledgeable staff will give you a fully guided tour of the aquarium including a special trip Behind the Scenes into our staff only areas. You'll get to peer into the water from above our Ocean Tunnel, getting a completely different perspective and a better idea of how big some of our sharks really are. If you’re lucky, your tour guide may even give you a few pieces of food to throw in to our hungry sharks!

As part of your night's stay at the aquarium our Seal Trainers will also treat you and your family to an exclusive night-time seal presentation with our beautiful resident seals at Seal Island. It’s just one of the unique pleasures that come with Sleeping Under the Sea at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.

All meals are provided during the Sleep Under the Sea experience including afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast.

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This School Holiday Activity Includes:


  • An overnight stay at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium
  • All meals and drinks - afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast
  • Night-time Seal Presentation
  • Personalised night tour of the aquarium
  • Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Souvenir SEA LIFE gift


Prefer not to sleep over but still looking for a fantastic Sunshine Coast school holiday activity? Check out our kids Marine Biologist for a Day program.

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Sleep Under the Sharks

Sunshine Coast School Holidays Aquarium Sleepover

Sleeping Arrangements

Sleeping under our Oceanarium in our 80 metre long 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.

Sunshine Coast School Holidays Aquarium Sleepover

Evening Schedule

4:00pm - Registration, afternoon tea and mixer activity

5:00pm - Seal Presentation at Seal Island

5:20pm - Ocean Tunnel tour

6:00pm - Dinner is served in the Octopus Garden Cafe

7:00pm - Visit and say g'night to Marge, our resident croc

7:20pm - Visit our favourite aquarium habitats

7:50pm - Behind the Scenes Tour and shark feeding activity

8:45pm - Night trail

9:00pm - Bed time

Between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, guests have the option of free time to explore SEA LIFE or to participate in the above schedule.

This is an approximate timetable only.

Sunshine Coast School Holidays Aquarium Sleepover

Morning Schedule

6:00am - Rise and Shine

6:15am - Pack up beds and bags

6:30am - Breakfast at Octopus Garden Cafe

7:30am - Explore Rockpools and touch a sea star!

8:30am - G'bye from our staff and depart SEA LIFE

This is an approximate timetable only.

Sunshine Coast School Holidays Aquarium Sleepover

Food & Beverage Menu


  • Milo
  • Tea
  • Fresh filtered coffee
  • Choc chip cookie


  • Beef burger with salad
  • Hot chips
  • Paddlepop ice cream


  • Selection of cereals
  • Toast and condiments
  • Fruit salad cups
  • Yoghurt

 PLEASE NOTE: Special dietary requirements can be catered for, however please make sure these are provided to our reservations team upon booking.

Sunshine Coast School Holidays Aquarium Sleepover

What to Bring

  • Pillow and sleeping bag/blanket (sleeping mats provided)
  • Toiletries (please note, no showers available)
  • Sleeping clothes
  • Clothes for the next day
  • Water bottle (optional)
  • Eye mask if you're a light sleeper
  • Camera to capture our creatures after dark
  • Your sense of adventure!

2020 School Holiday Dates

Friday 10th

Saturday 18th


 Friday 10th

Saturday 18th

Friday 3rd

Saturday 11th

Not offered

Not offered


Please note this important information

All children under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 18+.

Children must be aged 5+ to participate in Sleep Under the Sea.

In order for a Sleep Under the Sea to go ahead, SEALIFE Sunshine Coast requires a minimum of 25 people to book in for this event. In the unlikely event that we do not reach minimum numbers, SEALIFE will either re-schedule your sleepover to another date, or offer a full refund of your booking.

No cancellations will be accepted within 7 days of the event. This is to ensure that minimum numbers are reached for the event to go ahead and to not cause inconvenience to other guests who are booked in if the event gets cancelled as a result.

As bookings for these events are unpredictable, we apologise in advance if your scheduled Sleep Under the Sea does not go ahead. Our reservations team will keep you informed on numbers as we approach your sleepover so that you are kept up to date with what’s happening.


Click here to contact us by email. 

Alternatively, you can phone our reservations team Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm on (07) 5458 6226.

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Hurry - places are limited! Book your family's spot before they miss out.



  • 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