Sea World, Gold Coast, Australia.

One of the world’s biggest shark-lagoons kept sparkly clean and healthy by enormous AAT Life Support System.

Project Overview

Opened in April 2004, Sea World’s Shark Bay is a major themed attraction on Australia’s Gold Coast originally launched with a multi-million dollar national and international advertising campaign.

The 5.4 million litre lagoon system consists of four main sections – Shark Bay, Shark Lagoon, Reef Lagoon and the Touch Pools – and allows visitors to view the animals from above or below.

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The exhibit The reef lagoon displays a magical array of tropical fish, stingrays and also gives visitors the opportunity to swim and snorkel with marine animals.

AAT was engaged to install the Life Support System – including over 20 foam fractionators plus sand filters, bio filters, ultra violet filters, ozone generators and heat pumps, and to carry out aquarium-specialist work.

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One of the advantages of a tank this size is that it provides rooms for larger sharks to enjoy a 60-meter swim glide pattern.

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Village Roadshow and Warner Bros. invested $13 million dollars into the creation of Shark Bay, creating an asset for the broader region’s tourism industry, not just their own business. 

The facility also provided a range of interactive visitor experiences including a touch-pool; a Rock Pool Adventure offering encounters with clownfish, anemones, rays and sea stars, and scuba-diving.

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Sea World, Gold Coast QLD, Australia

Sea World

Time Frame
2003 to 2004
Opened 9th April 2004

Team On-Site
15 AAT personnel

System Type
Semi-open system

Total Water Volume
6,500,000 litres

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  • A seamless start-to-finish service.
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  • A high-level of internal delivery means excellent control over quality assurance.
  • System-thinking from design to execution, for a cost-efficient and durable aquarium that is easy to operate and spectacular to see.

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Phase 1


The first phase addresses feasibility, budgeting, concept development, creative themes, visitor-experience design and journey-mapping, detailed engineering and project planning.

Phase 2


The second phase focuses on acrylic manufacturing, construction and installation, the supply and installation of life support systems, waterproofing, lighting, filling and stocking the tanks.

Phase 3


The third phase includes handing the aquarium over to its owners and operators. Also included this phase, for older aquariums, are services relating to refurbishment and renovation.

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