WHAT could be better than a day at Sea World on the Gold Coast?
A whole weekend at Sea World, staying at Sea World Resort.
For my son's birthday we decided to get away and spend a weekend with the dolphins, penguins, sharks and polar bears who call Sea World home.
Our spacious two-bedroom family room overlooked the pool and water play park, and we were just a few doors down from the Kid's Club room, with X-Boxes, big screen TVs, video games, crafts and more.
The rooms are well-equipped with a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and plenty of bench space, so you aren't locked into takeaway food for the whole weekend.
Our first night we dine at the resort's multi-award winning Hatsuhana Japanese Restaurant.
We chose a six-course set menu that featured salmon, chicken, tofu, prawns, wagu beef and - the kid's favourite - a chocolate crepe with chocolate sauce and ice-cream.
The entertaining chef had the kids enthralled and the food was fantastic.
The next morning, the kids were as excited about the resort's buffet breakfast as they were about the two days at Sea World.
With fresh fruit (which they ignored), bacon, eggs, sausages, pastries, some serious willpower was required not to overeat.
Off to Sea World for a day of fun.
We hired a cabana overlooking the pool, under the shadow of the giant waterslide.
The cabanas feature a big screen TV, fridge, sofas, and, most importantly, a shady place to chill out between rides. They are $50 to hire, and worth every cent.
For the more daring there are rides such as the Jet Rescue rollercoaster, or for the young (or scared) there are gentler rides, and animal experiences.
The big thrill of the day was a helicopter ride for the whole family.
A little scarier than we'd anticipated, the ten minute tour was a highlight of the weekend, and an experience the kids won't forget.
After a long day at the park, we headed back to the resort for a delicious seafood buffet at Shoreline Restaurant which we all enjoyed.
At 8pm each evening, the resort's water park comes alive with an interactive music, light and water show.
I suspect this show is aimed at children a few years younger than mine, but they loved it nonetheless and participated wholeheartedly.
The next morning we took part in the Dolphin Discovery (guests who stay at the resort for two nights have the exclusive Dolphin Discovery presentation included free as part of their stay).
The Dolphin Discovery presentation gives guests a sneak peek of a dolphin training session before the park opens for the day, as well as the opportunity to have their photo taken with the dolphins (places are limited).
It was an amazing end to a thoroughly fantastic weekend.
To see everything on offer at the park and resort, as well as access special deals, go to seaworldresort.com.au.
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