Would you jump in a tank with some of the biggest sharks in captivity?
Underwater World aquarium opened in Mooloolaba in 1989. It offers a variety of attractions every day of the year.
The Underwater Walkway is an 80m transparent tunnel of discovery with a moving footway taking you through three zones. One is a replica of the Great Barrier Reef, the next is a cave zone and the next holds grey nurse, whaler and reef sharks plus wobbegongs, rays and plenty of fish such as colourful coral fish, snapper and bream.
Rocky Shore is a hands-on experience of seashore animals. Aquarists tell you all about sea stars, sea urchins, baby stingrays and young sharks during touch and feed sessions.
Stingray Reef is where baby sharks and rays live until mature enough to mix with the big boys.
Seal Cove is a 400 seat stadium where you can watch seals happily frolicking, at the same time learning a little about them.
The Living Ocean is a myriad of large viewing aquariums where you see and learn about beautiful coral, anemones, tropical fish, moral eels and deadly stone fish.
Freshwater Billabongs is where giant barramundi and ancient lungfish lurk in the shallows while crocodiles bask in the sun. There is also a World of Frogs display and a display of the drifters of the sea sea jellies which just bob about minding their own business.
The Cold Water Habitat is where giant crabs and cold water fish live. They require a chill factor of 14ºC, similar to the temperature half a kilometre below the ocean's surface.
The Otter Encounter, meanwhile, gives a rare chance to see the antics of these playful amphibians.
The shark dive is run by Scuba World and has been operating for 22 years. As well as a dive centre it has a classroom, training pool and show room. Beginners and experienced divers are catered for and as well as doing dives at Underwater World, they dive at off-shore reefs.