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Where To See Polar Bears In Australia

August 7, 2020
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Australia seems an unlikely place to see a polar bear, and it is. Polar bears are obviously not found natively here in our (relatively) hot country. But, we are fortunate enough to be able to see real, live polar bears here in Australia at Sea World on the Gold Coast.

Polar bears at sea world

Sea World Australia”, by Tristanb, is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

You might be thinking, what’s the big deal? Surely I can see polar bears at any zoo around the world? But, actually, there are not many zoos in the world with polar bear exhibits. Here, in Australia, despite having world class zoo facilities such as the Melbourne Zoo and Taronga Zoo the only place where you can see these magnificent creatures is at Sea World in Queensland.

Of course there will always be debate as to whether keeping wild animals in captivity and exhibiting them for us all to see is the right thing to do or not, but that’s a discussion for another time.

As I have a daughter who is mildly obsessed with polar bears and likes learning every little thing about them that she can, we decided a trip to Sea World to see the polar bears was in order. While we would have loved to have travelled to Canada or other parts of the arctic where we could see polar bears in the wild, that sort of a trip was just too big for us to manage at the moment, while a trip to the Sea World on the Gold Coast was much more doable.

Now there’s obviously a lot of things to do and see at Sea World – rides, shows and exhibits, but the focus of this particular trip for us was to see the polar bears. We did, of course, squeeze in some other activities while we were there but the purpose, and the highlight, of this particular trip to Sea World was the polar bears.

A lot of people worry about polar bears living in Australia. They’re obviously designed for living in extremely cold temperatures and then we humans go and put them in a zoo in one of the hottest countries in the world and one of the hottest states of that country.

Definitely food for thought, but the signs at Sea World explain that the polar bear exhibit there is designed to replicate an arctic summer, so it’s as though these lucky polar bears get to live in their Summer all the time.

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Like most good zoos these days, they really do try to make the animal exhibits as similar to their natural habitat as possible.

A very difficult thing to do with an animal who typically lives in the ice and snow of the arctic, but they certainly seem to have done a good job of keeping these polar bears in the best conditions possible.

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At any rate, the polar bears we saw on our visit to Sea World looked as though they were happy and content! We went straight to the polar bear exhibit, then went and checked out a few other things (like the dolphin show) and then made our way back to check in on the polar bears again.

I’m not sure which of the polar bears we were looking at, but if you’d like to know more about the individual polar bears at Sea World, there is a little more information on the Sea World website here.

Here are some happy snaps of the polar bears we saw on our trip:

This guy loved playing with the toys in the water!

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And then he/she pulled the toys out onto the log. I assume this was a fairly young polar bear as it was very playful and a joy to watch!

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Later in the day we saw this polar bear enjoying some sun – you can see the ice in the enclosure in the background.

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So, if you or a family member has a particular interest in polar bears, we can highly recommend a trip to Sea World on the Gold Coast to get a really close look at these amazing creatures.

Of course the Gold Coast is also home to the other major Australian theme parks too so, if you’re travelling to the Gold Coast from interstate, plan to stay for at least a few days to give you plenty of opportunity to check out all the attractions the Gold Coast has to offer.

Meanwhile, we’re going to have to start saving our pennies to maybe one day take a big trip over to Canada to try to check out some polar bears in their native habitat.


Best Selfie Stick Australia 2020 Comparison Guide & Reviews

May 10, 2020
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Are you planning a holiday and looking to buy the best selfie stick Australia has to offer? Whether you are planning on travelling solo, with a friend or as a family, it can be hard to capture yourself in the destination.

Let’s face it, a normal quick selfie is great for capturing your face, but it isn’t so great at capturing the background of the destination you are exploring.  That is where a selfie stick becomes super essential!

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Ultimate Guide on How to Choose the Best Travel Pillow

August 29, 2018

Travel pillows are an essential travel accessory that can greatly affect the quality of your trip.

Travel pillows are brilliant for all sorts of mode of transports. We love to use our pillow on the plane, on trains, on busses as well as during long car transfers.

But, that being said, with so many types of travel pillows on the market, it can be difficult to select the right one.

Well, worry no further! Because we have brought you the necessary guidelines to help you select the perfect travel pillow for your next trip.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Fun Things to do in Sydney with Kids

August 22, 2018

Sydney is a perfect destination to travel to with kids.

We always enjoy our family holidays in Sydney, Australia.

There are so many different activities, attractions, and sights that are kid-friendly. From Sydney Opera House being one of the most influential 20th-century architecture to the beaches of the city sprawling several miles, the options are too many to miss.

Some of the most popular kids’ activities in Sydney include Luna Park, the museums, Ice skating rinks and the famous Vivid Sydney festival where the entire city comes to life are sure to get the fun times rolling.

Here are some ideas of the best family activities in Sydney. Check them out!

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Reasons Why an Australian Family Holiday is a Great Idea

August 15, 2018

Hey there! Do you know what’s more fascinating in Australia apart from kangaroos and the cuddly koalas?

The insanely beautiful places that our beautiful country holds in its reserves.

From bronzy beaches to elemental forests: you get to soak yourself in the wild natural beauty of this land.

And what’s better than going scuba-diving in the beautiful reef waters or watching the animals at the national theme parks with your family by your side?

You can never go wrong when you choose to go travelling in Australia with kids. 

So read on to know why your great Australian family holiday is the ideal thing to look forward to right now.

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