Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium is located in Mooloolaba on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
I have to admit, Sea Life Sunshine Coast is one of my favourite accessible attractions on the Sunshine Coast. If I’m visiting the Sunny Coast, it’s always on my list if I am looking for an accessible activity to do.
Previously named Underwater World, Sea Life Sunshine Coast has been a popular attraction since opening in 1989.
Sea Life in Mooloolaba offers fabulous wheelchair access throughout the attraction. With accessible car parking, step free access, wide walkways, disabled toilets and ramps throughout the aquarium, there are hardly any limitations for visitors in wheelchairs.
Companion Card Accepted
Step Free Access
Accessible Viewing Areas
Accessible Via Ramps
Wide Doorways & Walkways
Wheelchair Friendly Seal Photo Encounter
Step Free Gift Shop
The entrance to Sea Life Sunshine Coast is via an access ramp which then leads to the admission desk. After showing our pre-purchased tickets (required due to Covid) we were off to get our photo taken. We were given the option to purchase a hard copy of the photos at the end of the day or get them as a free digital copy!
The first area of the aquarium is the Tidal Touchpools. This is where the small stingrays and paddle pools of sea sponges and starfish are housed.
This is a hands on area, and we were able to touch the sea creatures in the pools if we wished. Of course, this area is popular with the youngsters.
The following section is the Coastal Wrecks area. This is where the smaller tanks are displayed. This area is dimed, and the lights within the tanks make everything glow and come alive.
With such a variety of fish and sea creatures swimming around peacefully, we could have easily spent all day in this section. There were some weird looking fish I had never seen before, but my favourite by far is the beautiful lionfish.
Normally Sea Life offers several talks throughout the day, however, due to Covid the talks weren’t available during this visit. Talks include Penguin Talk, Ray Talk & Feed and Billabong Talk.
As we headed further into the attraction, it led us down the ramp to the lower level to where the Ocean Tunnels are. The huge underwater tunnels are where the giant stingrays and sharks are located. This part of Sea Life Sunshine Coast is amazing and my favourite part of the attraction. I swear we did about 10 laps of the tunnels trying to get the perfect photo of a giant stingray coming over us. It was so much fun watching the massive ocean creatures swim around us!
At the end of the ramp, there is a photo opportunity to get a photo taken in the mouth of a great white shark! Getting a photo in the mouth of the shark jaws is iconic to any visit to Sea Life. I remember getting a photo with the shark jaws many moons ago when I first visited Underwater World as a child. Unfortunately, the large jaws are positioned reasonably close to the wall, (the gap is around 60cm) therefore for visitors in wheelchairs, there is not enough space to get behind to get a photo. This was really disappointing. I did manage to get behind in my small wheelchair (just), but I have to admit I did get stuck. I would love to see the jaws moved out a bit away from the wall so visitors in wheelchairs can get behind to get a photo.
As we headed back up the ramp, it led us into the penguin area, where the most cutest little penguins are located. I don’t remember this area from my previous visit, so I think this is a relatively new area.
Another must see at Sea Life on the Sunshine Coast is watching the seal show. The seal show is on daily at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm
Wheelchair seating is at the front, and we were in the perfect spot to see all the seal action. The show was fantastic, and we left there with greater knowledge of seal behavior, different seal species and how pollution affects seals and the environment.
After the seal show, visitors are also given the opportunity to purchase a photo with a seal. This experience is also accessible to visitors in wheelchairs.
Next to the Seal Stadium is the Sea Life Cafe. They serve hot and cold food and drinks normally, but because of Covid this was closed during our visit this time. Near the Cafe is also a gift shop with step free access.
At the end of the road is another Sea Life Gift Shop. The gift shops are relatively large, with plenty of nifty merchandise to choose from. Every time we visit, we have to control ourselves from purchasing everything we see. This is where we are able to view our green screen photos that were taken on entry,.
If you are on the Sunshine Coast and are looking for a wheelchair accessible activity, you can’t go past a visit to Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium.
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In my opinion I give SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium a rating of 4.5 for wheelchair accessibility, and a rating of 4.5 stars for the overall experience .
* I was not financially compensated for this review. The review is based on my own opinion and personal experience.*