Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, Coffs Harbour

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  • Actually, we don't think much of animal shows, especially dolphin shows. This is due to the very small pools in which the animals have to live. However, we have made an exception for this park, because according to the homepage the park is very active in animal and environmental protection and it is the only park in New South Wales with a license to keep dolphins. We have therefore assumed that the animals will be given more space here. The entrance fee was AUD 38, which we actually thought was appropriate. However, the park is much smaller than expected. In addition to a few aquariums with sea fish and turtles, there are three dolphin pools, one enclosure for seals and one for dwarf penguins. Unfortunately, the dolphin pools did not meet our expectations. They seemed far too small for the animals, licensed back and forth. The show itself began at 9:30 a.m. with each visitor receiving a kiss from a dolphin and that moment was immortalized with a photo. Of course, you are not allowed to take pictures yourself, so you are forced to buy the picture at the park for AUD 10 afterwards. You can also have a picture taken with a seal, which you can even touch. Afterwards there was a show with seals and dolphins, which is probably less spectacular compared to parks like the SeaWorld, but still contains all the essential tricks. Volunteers were allowed to throw a ball or rings to the seals, which they skilfully balanced on the tip of the nose. The dolphins showed water acrobatics such as saltos and upright swimming on the tail fin. At the end of the show, all visitors were allowed to put their hand in the pool and the dolphins swam past on their backs so that they could touch the belly. At the end we went to the penguin enclosure and watched their feeding. Also here and with the seals the enclosure was unfortunately very small and did not correspond to our understanding of animal-friendly attitude. Conclusion: The park is actually a good opportunity to get closer to the sea creatures, but it urgently needs to be expanded and renovated.
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  • I had fond memories of the park from previous visits to Coffs Harbour, and my youngest daughter's favourite animal is the dolphin, so we were very excited to visit. We arrived not long after opening t...  more »
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  • First time I was there around 10 years ago. It was much better. This time I was really disappointed. Typical low quality Australian tourist attraction. It's good that your animals participate in shows voluntarily, but the entry fee should also by donation in this case. Also, if you want to sell the photos for $15, please get a decent photographer with a decent camera. Photos quality is ridiculous. Or allow people take free photos with their phones. Much better quality. Visitors, don't waste your time on this archaic "attraction". Go to the main jetty instead. You will see lots of dolphins, turtles and stingrays in wild nature
  • Love how interactive this place is. We got to hug a seal, pat a dolphin, kiss from a dolphin, feed fish and penguins. Such a great opportunity our 4 yr old loved it. The trainers are all very friendly and informative. Nice cafe on site with delicious food too!
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