Do you love polar bears? Seals? Dolphins? Sharks? Then hire a car on the Gold Coast and head on out to Sea World.

This is the place for holiday-makers who can't get enough of those majestic creatures that live below or beside the waves.

Dolphin Cove is a must-see attraction that houses the park's dolphins. There are often baby dolphins in the nursery area, too – so make sure you have a look!

In addition to simply gazing at the dolphins, you can also be awed and inspired by Imagine – a live dolphin show that demonstrates how intelligent and fun-loving these gorgeous animals really are.

You should also put the Penguin Encounter on your to-do list. This is where you can spend some quality time with the world's second-largest species of penguin and experience their frozen habitat.

Their enclosure includes a specially made underwater viewing window, so you can watch the beautiful birds waddle on land and glide through the water.

Once you've made friends with all of the exotic wildlife on offer, you can try Sea World's various rides on for size.

In particular, the park boasts the thrill-a-minute Jet Rescue Rollercoaster. Seated in your very own jetski, you will take a whirlwind tour of the park, reaching speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour.

However, if you're not a thrill seeker, you can opt to take the Sea World Monorail for a more sedate turn around the park.

The monorail also provides a quick-and-easy way to find all of the other amazing exhibitions and activities that Sea World has to offer – far more than we can mention here!

If you're staying in Brisbane and organising a rental car at the Brisbane airport, not to worry. Sea World is only an hour drive away from the airport.

The drive will give you plenty of time to discuss which animals to visit first!