Day 36:

2 August 2010

Up at 6:45 having had my first nearly complete night's sleep in well over a week, I showered and got ready for the day.  By then, everyone else was up and we had toasted bagels and breakfast juice (and coffee for the adults) and then packed up for our day at Sea World.

Even with the 10 per cent discount, Sea World is still a good $100 more for entry for our family than The Australia Zoo.  However, I found out today that much of the entry fee goes to support Sea World's Rescue Centre, which was good to know.

Despite the cost, Sea World did not disappoint.  We were pleasantly surprised with the small lines and reasonable prices in the gift shop.  In the six hours we were there, we saw every show/animal feeding opportunity and their very inspirational movie about their rescue operations.

Sydney Rachel was thrilled to see some of her favourite Sesame Street characters live and in person on stage.  Devon had a blast on the roller coasters.  Jenna's favourite part was the Imagine dolphin show (she found the Viking ride a bit too scary).  We all had fun feeding sting rays by hand (and, yes, we still have hands).

Sydney Rachel in front of her Sesame Street friends                                Imagine dophin show

Scenes from the Imagine dolphin show

Our only complaint might be that many of the rides were "closed for maintenance" (code for shut down because it's low season and there aren't enough tourists to justify having them open) and the fact that, other than fruit and veggies, outside food is not allowed and $15 for a burger and chips is still expensive.

A shark in the Great Barrier Reef tank with a hitchhiker                                                                            Jenna on the carousel

Jenna and Sydney Rachel with the pirates from the show                                                                            Devon on the carousel

Devon feeding a sting ray                                                Sydney Rachel with a penguin

                                                A sting ray from below                                                                        A fairy penguin

After Sea World, we drove further south to our friend Angela's house in Mullumbimby for the next two nights.  And, with that...we are back in New South Wales.  Ah...

Sea Lion