Address: SEA Life Sunshine Coast

Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557

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Guided Excursion Programs 2018

Guided Instructor-Led Programs

To find an Instructor-Led Program specifically design to align with the new National Curriculum, view your class level below

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is a popular school excursion venue on the Sunshine Coast, hosting a comprehensive collection of aquatic life with supported curriculum based tours.


SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast has made some changes to align with the new National Curriculum! Our programs are now specifically targeted to meet new elaborations set by ACARA.

Alternatively, if our programs are not suitable for your group, please feel free to provide us with your own worksheets or assessment pieces so we can cater to your specific needs*

Please note that we are making some new and exciting changes to our school education program in Term 2 2018. Please check out these in the tab below.

*Must be provided upon booking


Underwater SEAfari 

A program teaching your students all about the wonderful objects in the sea, and their shapes, sizes, names & colours and why animals and plants are designed the way they are for their survival. Leaders can utilise worksheets to get students focused, or the students can complete it themselves.

Elaborations: ACMMG009, ACMNA005, ACSSU005, ACSHE013, ACSIS233 & ACSIS012


A Message from Magnus 

This program highlights the wonder of the aquatic world and allows for a journey of discovery where, problem solving and care for the marine environment are encouraged and fostered. Students will recognise and compare the needs of living creatures including their homes and plants needed to survive.

Elaborations: ACSSU002, ACSIS233 & ACSIS012


SEA It Yourself

Our Sea It Yourself Tours allow you to lead your students through the aquarium and its' sixteen amazing zones where you'll discover thousands of marine and freshwater animals including stingrays, sawfish and beautiful tropical reef fish, all at your own pace. 

Grades 1 - 3

The Living Sea: Habitats

This program allows your students to explore our 16 interactive zones and discover unique watery habitats such as the rock pools, freshwater streams and the ocean. Students will learn about the difference between living, non-living and once-living things of habitats in the aquatic world and it will also get your students thinking about the events that occur when habitats change and living things can no longer have their needs met.

Elaborations: ACSSU211 & ACSSU044


Fur, Fins and Flippers: Adaptations 

This program looks at the common features of aquatic animals. Through a journey of discovery, it will help your students to understand why animals have certain body features for movement, for feeding and to help them flee from predators.

Elaborations: ACSSU002, ACSIS233 & ACSIS012


Hatching Out: Life Cycles

A program designed to teach your students about plants and animals of the aquatic world growing and changing. They will recognise the different characteristics of the life cycle of frogs, fish, reptiles and even seals as they explore our 16 different interactive zones.

Elaborations: ACSSU030 & ACSSU044


Lunchbox Lessons: Conservation 

This conservation-based program is designed to get your students thinking about how science is used to care for our amazing marine environments. Students will identify ways in which we can manage and protect precious resources, such as water, and learn how to reduce and recycle waste at home and in school, to help protect threatened species and their habitats.

Elaborations: ACSHE022, ACSHE035, ACSIS024, ACSSU031 & ACSSU032


Grades 4 - 6

Animal Antics: Habitats

This program is designed to introduce the sun as an energy-provider and how energy flows in aquatic ecosystems. Watery Worlds also teaches students about the influence land-based food webs can have on those in the ocean. Your students will discover the differences between predators and prey; decomposers and scavengers and; producers and consumers.

Elaborations: ACSSU094, ACSSU073, ACSSU078 & ACSSU096

Hide and Seek: Adaptations 

A program designed to teach your students all about the three different adaptations animals and plants have to survive in the aquatic environment – structural, functional and behavioural. This program also looks at relationships between animal structural and functional adaptations.

Elaborations: ACSSU043


Sea-quences: Life Cycles

Seaquences looks at the different life cycles of animals in aquatic environments and how they differ from plants. Students will describe the different stages of the life cycles of frogs, fish, sharks and mammals!

Elaborations: ACSSU072


Save our Seas: Conservation 

A program designed to teach your students about how science is used to protect aquatic habitats and how people in our local community work together to save endangered species.
Students will also investigate different renewable resources and how aquariums such as SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast work to maintain strict environmental standards.



Ocean Teens Grades 7 -10

Aquatic Ecosystems: Habitats 

This program explores the different types of aquatic ecosystems, both on a local and a global scale. Students will learn about the relationships between organisms with different roles such as, predator and prey and; parasite and host. Energy and matter and the role of energy in ecosystems will also be covered as the students explore 16 unique and interactive zones.

Elaborations: ACSSU176 & ACSSU112


Survival of the Fittest: Adaptations 

This program looks at how the digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems of animals interact in a coordinated way to provide requirements of life. Students will also explore the structural, behavioural and functional adaptations organisms possess in order to survive in a wide range of environments.

Elaborations: ACSSU150, ACSSU175 & ACSSU176


Phylum Fun: Classification 

This program gives students an insight into biological classification systems and teaches them how to group animals by looking at observable characteristics, using basic keys to help identify species and gives them an introduction to hierarchical systems and scientific names.

Elaborations: ACSSU185 & ACSSU111


Biodiversity: Conservation

This program touches upon the effects human activities such as carbon emissions and habitat destruction have on aquatic ecosystems. It also teaches students the basics of laws, guidelines, environmental rehabilitation and monitoring.

Elaborations: ACSSU176,ACSSU189, ACSSU116, ACSHE135 & ACSHE160

Grades 11 -12

Aquatic Communities: Ecosystems

A program that allows students to explore the ecology of aquatic communities by doing abundance and richness surveys and looking at methods of monitoring environmental factors.


Adapt or Perish: Adaptations

This program explores the structural, functional and behavioral adaptations that enhance an organisms’ survival in the wild.


It's Classified: Classification

Students investigate the human endeavour to group organisms. They will be exposed to and learn about taxonomic hierarchies, the adaptations that allow for suitable grouping and the challenges faced in achieving this.


Water Quality: Marine Biology and Chemistry

Your students will discover how an open system aquarium operates and the implications that arise if strict water quality standards are not met. This program teaches students how important water quality is to maintain marine and aquatic health. Conduct real water quality tests on site and experience a Behind the Scenes tour to see the inner-workings of the aquarium!

Key concepts:

MB1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

CS1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 3.2

OC2.1, 2.2

MS1.1, 1.2, 2.6





Tertiary & International Groups

Students will be taken on an informative guided tour helping them to learn and discover more about each of the fascinating areas within SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.

We provide an authentic representation of potential career opportunities for students studying marine science, ecology, aquaculture, tourism or hospitality based subjects.

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast has daily interactions with many international visitors and warmly welcomes students from all countries and nationalities.

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If you’d like to learn more about any the programs for schools and vacation care groups on offer at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, please contact us on (07) 5458 6226 or you can Book Online.




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