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The weather is cooling down, Mishka has just turned one and Seal Guardians, Sea World's new seal show is entertaining audiences. This is the perfect time of year to experience some Village Roadshow theme park fun while also taking advantage of amazing deals.
One of these deals is Sea World's Families Play and Eat Free. Stay between 1 May and 21 September 2018 and enjoy breakfast each morning and unlimited entry into Sea World, Movie World and Wet 'n' Wild for only $199. Surcharges apply for weekends, school holidays and other room types.
Situated just behind Sea World, Sea World Resort is just a short walk to the theme park, Broadwater and Main Beach. A monorail also connects guests to the park.
The resort has plenty of activities to keep the family entertained. Unwind by the pool, enjoy a relaxing massage or work out in the gym. Children love splashing around in the SpongeBob SplashBash aquatic adventure playground, meeting popular Nickelodeon characters and dancing under the musical water fountain at the nightly light show.
Don't miss the Dolphin Discovery presentation, a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of a training session. If you have ever wanted to pat a dolphin, upgrade to the dolphin encounter for $40.
Sea World is fun for all ages. Mishka, the polar bear has just turned one and can be found at the Polar Bear Pre-school.
The Reef at Castaway Bay is one of the newest attractions. Children will have fun playing with water cannons and spouts in the interactive aquatic zone.
Feel the silky rays glide under your hand and the squishy sea cucumbers in the interactive exhibits at Shark Bay and Ray Reef.
The dolphins, a star attraction, perform breath-taking feats in the inspirational "Affinity" show.
Cool off at Castaway Bay, where you can jump aboard one of the Battle Ships and get soaked in a water fight; climb, crawl and clamber through the Sky Fortress or conquer your fear of heights on the Sky Climb.
To add more excitement to your day, ride out a storm on the Storm Coaster, Sea World's newest roller coaster.
Don a straw hat and journey to the High Country at the Australian Outback Spectacular.
Join Bluey in the bar as he sings classic Australian songs, pat a horse or dog, or just soak up the ambience of the tin shed with its wagon wheel and hurricane lamp chandeliers.
Once in the arena, Christine Anu's stirring rendition of "The Dreaming" displays across a large screen before horses thunder across the sand. Cattle, dogs, a donkey and even horses do-si-do-ing to Lee Kernaghan's hit "Boys from the Bush" entertain the audience.
Enjoy legendary bush tucker - a creamy pumpkin soup, succulent eye fillet and apple pie served with cream and salted caramel sauce while listening to Banjo Paterson's "Clancy of the Overflow". The serving speed is impressive - staff can serve 1000 meals in 8.5 minutes.
Tributes to legendary Australian characters including Red Dog, May Wirth and Tom Kruse coupled with stunning visual effects ensures this is a show to remember.
You may even be lucky enough to be chosen to participate in lawn mower race during the battle between Warrego Station and Bobong Plains.
Discounted tickets can be purchased at Sea World and Con-x-ion provides return shuttle transfers from the resort.
Warner Bros. Movie World
Calling all thrill-seekers. This is the theme park for you! Be flung 60 metres into the sky on the Batwing Spaceshot, travel from zero to 100 kilometres in two seconds on the Superman Escape roller coaster or explore a haunted house aboard the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster.