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by Pj (subscribe)
Living in Brisbane enjoying food, wine, art, health and life!
Published January 6th 2014
Aquatic disappointment on the Sunshine Coast
Queensland is arguably Australia's capital state when it comes to theme parks: Dreamworld, Wet and Wild, Movie World and Australia Zoo are all notable examples. Then there's Underwater World, which can only be potentially described as the poor cousin to some of our fine state's greater offerings.

Mooloolaba Wharf
Mooloolaba Wharf


Don't get me wrong, as a small child I seem to recall being completely enamoured with the place, as were most of the children I witnessed the day my partner and I went. I merely want to state that on a cost-value ratio Underwater World has a long way to go. I understand they are in the process of some fairly extensive renovations, however, (forgive me if I'm wrong here) I think they're just about finished and it's really not that impressive. In fact, the entire Mooloolaba Wharf precinct is definitely due for a much needed face lift.

Underwater World Rock Pool
Rock Pool


I love a good aquarium, one of my absolute favourites would have to be the Melbourne Aquarium, anyone who's been there knows how breathtakingly beautiful it is. There's just something a little bit dark and dingy about Underwater World's 'zoned areas' as they call them. It also lacks a cohesive floor plan, so everyone just sort of ends up wandering every which way, rather than exploring each area in an orderly fashion.

Underwater World Reef
Coral Cove at Underwater World


They do have some beautiful creatures. My favourites would have to be the seahorses and the otters, but as a whole the experience is lacklustre.

Underwater World Otters
Otter Creek


I had heard their new interactive jellyfish display was something to behold, but once again, it left us both very under-whelmed.

Underwater World Jellyfish
Jellyfish display


For a small time aquarium all of this would be perfectly acceptable, but this is touted as one of the Sunshine Coast's biggest attractions and let's face it, Mooloolaba has quite the glamorous reputation these days.

The other cringe worthy part of this experience was the price. It cost me and my partner just shy of $80 to walk through the doors. I know theme parks are expensive, they are popular and they have a captive audience and can generally charge what they like.

If you and your family want to visit like this, my vote is to gather some extra pennies together and get in the car for a day at Australia Zoo, my bet is you'll leave feeling much more satisfied.
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Why? South East Queensland's Aquarium
When: 7 Days a week 9am-5pm
Phone: 07 5458 6280
Where: Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, QLD
Cost: $38 per adult, $23 per child
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