Monday, August 3, 2015

Underwater World Mooloolaba

After throwing a huge first birthday party for bub last year I decided this year for her birthday we'd have a more low key approach. So this year there was no birthday party, but there was a very small family bbq. To be honest she wasn't really interested in opening her presents or aware of the fact that it was her birthday so I'm kind of glad I didn't go all out with a party again {we'll save that for when she's older and understands it all a bit better}. Of course we still wanted to do something a little out of the ordinary to mark the occasion so this year we decided to take her to Underwater World.

Queenslanders will know what I'm talking about, but it's been renamed to Underwater World SEA LIFE Mooloolaba {but it'll always just be Underwater World to me}. It's an aquarium but like a mini theme park, where you go when you don't want to do one of the proper theme parks {and if you have no interest in rides like me}. I remember going there a lot as a kid, but I hadn't been for a few years and a lot has changed.

The most well known part of Underwater World has always been the travelator that runs through the huge shark tanks. I loved going on it as a kid and seeing sharks and rays swimming above my head and feeling like I was in the tank. Even though I knew I was safe there was still always that little part of me that wondered what if the tank cracks. I always found it interesting watching the divers feeding the sharks.

The travelator is no longer a moving travelator its now a tunnel you just walk through under the tank - which is actually probably a good thing because we had the pram with us. It was still just as fascinating being under the tank though and watching all the sharks and rays. Bub loved it and even touched two sharks through the tank {she thought it was hilarious and wasn't scared at all - toddlers are fearless}.


She also had no fear of the huge shark jaw, even when I pointed out the huge teeth. She just touched them and said "ooooh teeeeeeeth".


Of course Underwater World has heaps and heaps of fish as well. She was so well behaved walking through all the fish displays going from one tank to another pointing and yelling "tish! tish!". I don't think she'd even said the word fish before we went there, but she won't stop saying it now. Every time we see a fish anywhere she gets all excited "look mum, tish!". She didn't have much interest in fish before, but now when we go past a pet shop she always wants to look at the tish.


The last part we looked at was seal island. We went underneath to the viewing area where you can see the seals swimming in the tank before the show and she was totally mesmerised. She loved leaning up against the glass and watching the seals swim past her. A couple of them came really close and by pure chance I got a really cute photo of her trying to touch one.


One of her favourite things was the fake seal statue in the seal show area, because you could press a button which made it burp and fart. Burping and farting are the coolest things ever if you're a 2 year old, even for girls {apparently}. See her face below, that pure joy was the result of a seal fart!


We got to the seal show pretty early to get a seat which in hindsight probably wasn't the best idea with a toddler who was almost ready for a nap. She didn't really want a bar of sitting in the same spot waiting for 15 minutes and got restless and grumpy. By the time the show actually started she was pretty overtired but she did really well and didn't have a huge meltdown, although she wasn't really interested in the actual show. Mummy and daddy liked it though.


After the seal show we left because it was clear bub had reached her limit and just wanted a nap. We went and had lunch and bub fell asleep before we even ordered, which kind of sucked because for the first time ever we were at a restaurant that had free kids meals and one she could've actually eaten. But the upside was we got to have a peaceful lunch, which pretty much never happens.

We had a really good day out at Underwater World and I'm glad she loved it because we have annual passes {they happened to be on sale the day I went online to buy tickets}. I can't wait to take her back. Next time we'll leave home a little earlier so we can get through all the sections before she gets too tired {it took us about 2hrs to go through all the sections}. When it gets a bit warmer we'll also stop and have a play at the beach afterwards {it was too cold this time + she fell asleep}. T and I had heaps of fun reliving our childhood memories and I'm glad we're creating the same memories for bub.

Have you ever been to Underwater World?

Toni x

Linking with Kirsty, AliciaEva & Holly

16 comments:

  1. Oh wow, I'd forgotten about Underwater World. I don't think we've been since I was 6 months pregnant with Mr 21 and we had a last "kid free" holiday up the coast! Would love to go back - will start nagging the hubster ;-) .

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    1. Wow that's a long time Janet! I think it had been about 6 years since I last went there and I thought that was a while. You definitely need to go back again.

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  2. What an adventure. I really need to get out and about more with our three but they all have their own social lives these days.

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    1. I'm sure by the time bub is a teenager she will too. I'm savouring the younger years where I can still force her to hang out with me lol.

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  3. Wow! I need to head up north, this sounds great and I'm sure my girls would love this. Fantastic photos and how cute is your little one!

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    1. I have soooo many more photos Caroline I felt like a paparazzi {needless to say I'm not in many of the photos}. She is pretty cute {totally not biased at all}, she had so much fun. It was so great to see her so excited.

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  4. I went to Underwater World years and years and years ago but would love to go back. It looks like you had a wonderful time, a great place for kids!

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    1. I hadn't been for years either. Its such a great place for kids she had so much fun even at only 2yrs old. Hopefully we'll make good use of the annual pass.

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  5. I love that place and I LOVE Mooloolaba! It's spectacular! What a lovely family outing. Bub looks intrigued.

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    1. She was so intrigued by EVERYTHING! I can't wait to go back again.

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  6. It's been years since we visited an aquarium. We went in Melbourne. Have to take the girl to experience it next time we are there. Its awesome when you can go back and see it through the eyes of your children.

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    1. It was so exciting for me to see her so excited, especially since I remember how amazed I was seeing it all as a child.

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  7. This makes me want to take my little one to the Sydney Aquarium. We haven't been for ages and I forget just how much kids love it. Looks like you guys had a lovely day xx

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    1. We really wanted to go to the Sydney Aquarium when we were visiting a few years ago but it was shut for renovations :( I think Sea Life own that one now too.

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  8. I have never been to Underwater World but we enjoyed looking at underwater creatures at Epcot at Walt Disney World. So much to see and do at aquariums - I hope you had a wonderful 2nd birthday celebration for your beautiful princess!

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    1. Oh yes she definitely loved it. I think she's definitely a water baby like her mumma, she was so excited by all the fish and animals.

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