Sea World (Australia)

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Sea World
Sea World logo.svg
Location Main Beach, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates 27°57′21″S153°25′33″E / 27.9559°S 153.4257°E / -27.9559; 153.4257 Coordinates: 27°57′21″S153°25′33″E / 27.9559°S 153.4257°E / -27.9559; 153.4257
Opened30 October 1971;50 years ago (1971-10-30)
Owner Village Roadshow Theme Parks
Operating seasonYear round
Attractions
Total10
Roller coasters3
Water rides1
Website www.seaworld.com.au

Sea World is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, and theme park located on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It includes rides, animal exhibits and other attractions, and it promotes conservation through education and the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. [1] The park is commercially linked to Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast as part of the theme park division of Village Roadshow. The park has no affiliation with the American park chain of a similar name.

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History

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The main pathway through Sea World Australia.
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The entrance to Sea World
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View from the Sea World Helicopter.

Park history

Sea World was originally founded by Keith Williams as the Surfers Paradise Ski Gardens. [2] The main attractions were "water ski shows that combined sos, aqua ballet and action". In 1971, the Surfers Paradise Ski Gardens moved to land on the Spit. Major dredging works were required to build the new ski lake. A year later, the Surfers Paradise Ski Gardens became known as Sea World with the introduction of dolphins, marine displays, a replica of the Endeavour, a swimming pool, licensed restaurant as well as a gift shop. [3] Extra additions over the next decade included the purchasing of competitor marine park, Marineland, and the transfer of animals and exhibits to Sea World as well as the addition of more shops and food outlets. [4]

In 1984 Keith Williams sold the park to property development group Pivot Leisure. Later in 1988 Pivot built the 400 room Sea World Nara Resort. In 1991 Pivot Leisure, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow jointly developed and opened Warner Bros. Movie World, a Hollywood theme action park, at Oxenford on the Gold Coast. Also that year Pivot Purchased Wet n' Wild Water park located next to the site of Warner Bros. Movie World. In 1993, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow jointly acquired Pivot Leisure's interest in Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and the adjoining Sea World Nara Resort.

Attraction history

  • Vortex is an 18-metre (59 ft) HUSS Top Spin and was originally projected to open in December 2019. The ride now has an opening date of December 2020, due to delays associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. [51] [53]
  • Leviathan is a wooden roller coaster manufactured by Martin & Vleminckx and designed by The Gravity Group; in a world-first, its Timberliner trains will feature two backwards-facing seats. [51] [54] It is projected to feature approximately 909 metres (2,982 ft) of track, and reach a maximum height of 27 metres (89 ft) and top speed of 85 kilometres per hour (53 mph). [55] Vertical construction of the coaster began in September 2020, with plans to open in late 2022.. [51]
  • Trident is a 42-metre (138 ft) SBF Visa Swing Tower and is projected to open in Late 2022 alongside the Leviathan rollercoaster. [56]

The park

Rides and attractions

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Battle Boats at Castaway Bay
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Jet Rescue

Shows

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Imagine

Marine attractions

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Penguin Point
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Polar Bear Shores

Upcharges

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A Sea World helicopter landing at the park's helipad.

Sea World Resort and Water Park

As the name suggests, Sea World Resort and Water Park is an adjoining Resort and Water Park to Sea World. In 2008, the Sea World Water Park became part of the resort with regular park guests having to pay an additional fee to make use of the water park. [84] In 2010, part of the Water Park was demolished to make way for Castaway Bay. [27] [85]

Television

Television series filmed at Sea World include the Australian children's programmes Toasted TV (since early 2007), Camp Orange, H2O: Just Add Water , Dolphin Cove and Mako: Island of Secrets .

See also

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<i>Storm Coaster</i> Roller coaster

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