Our visit to SeaLife Sunshine Coast with our Merlin Annual Pass

Merlin Annual Pass

Our visit to SeaLife Sunshine Coast

SeaLife Sunshine Coast


We were so excited to pick up our Merlin Annual Pass as this will give us one year access to so many attractions. We started in Mooloolaba at SeaLife Sunshine Coast for a wonderful adventure into the underwater world. We can’t wait to visit so many other attractions with our Merlin Annual Pass.


There are over 10 zones within the SeaLife Sunshine Coast aquarium and each zone presents a different part of the ocean. We were given a map on entry that described each zone and gave us a list of times for the presentations that are held at SeaLife.  We planned out our day with our first stop being the sting rays and the touch pools.

SeaLife Sunshine Coast Touch Pools

We started with a hands-on experience with the touch pools where the kids held starfish and a shark egg. There was even sea urchins and sea cucumbers to feel. There was a very patient man called Max who answered the many questions that the kids asked about the sea life in the touch pools.

We then headed to the seating stadium to get a great spot for the seal show. The seal show was one of our favourites that kept us entertained and the kids laughed at the seals antics. We used the opportunity to sit and rest and have our morning tea. Food can be brought into the aquarium and there is also the opportunity to buy snacks at the seal show.   The seals show was informative and very entertaining with one of the handlers falling in the seal pool!!

seals at the seal show SeaLife Sunshine Coast

We loved seeing the new Finding Dory exhibition that has just opened at SeaLife Sunshine Coast. The exhibition is very hands on and the information is simple enough for little ones and interactive as well. There were plenty of Dories and Nemos to find. The kids all loved putting the paper turtles into the tubes and watching the turtles join the Eastern Sea Currents.

Finding Dory at SeaLife Sunshine Coast

If you know an Octonauts fan then SeaLife is the place to go. There is so much to see and do for Octonauts fans as they are throughout SeaLife which was wonderful to see and my kids really enjoyed it.

Lots of Octonauts at SeaLife Sunshine Coast

Our family favourite was the underwater ocean tunnel. We spent a large amount in the tunnel watching all the sharks and stingrays swim over the top of us. The kids were fascinated watching the ocean come to life.

We had such a wonderful time at the aquarium and can’t wait to return! With our passes we are able to visit as many times as we like for 12 months.

You can get your own Merlin Annual Pass which would make fantastic Christmas presents.

  Merlin Annual Pass – Summer SALE! 24th Nov – 22nd Dec – Click here to find out more

Merlin Annual Pass (MAP) – The MAP brings together all of Merlin’s attractions, offering pass-holders HUGE savings for a full year to all attractions. Use your MAP to gain 12 months unlimited entry to 11 top attractions in Australia and New Zealand, offering the ultimate guide to unlimited fun for unparalleled value!

Cost: For the sale period of 24th Nov – 22nd Dec:

  • $65 per person for families (3+ people)
  • $89 for individuals

Post sale (from 23rd Dec)

  • $79 per person for families
  • $109 for individuals


Unlimited entry into our following ANZ attractions:

  • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
  • Wild Life Sydney Zoo
  • Madame Tussauds Sydney
  • Sydney Tower Eye
  • Illawarra Fly
  • Otway Fly
  • Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
  • Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne
  • Sea Life Sunshine Coast
  • Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland
  • Wild Life Hamilton Island

10% off any retail spends

20% off food and beverages

20% off tours and experiences

Access on all days and all times including public holidays

Invite friends and family and get 25% off their entry

Renew your Merlin Annual Pass at 30% off the full price!

PLUS even more discounts and special member events and benefits at each attraction!

SeaLife Sunshine Coast

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