The Newspoll study, which surveyed Australian adults from across the country, found 56 percent had been to Sea World, just beating fierce rival Dreamworld (51 percent).

Taronga Zoo (47 percent) came in third, with Movie World in fourth and Wet’n’Wild equal fifth.

“Sea World is Australia’s premier marine park and this recognises that we have a great mix of things to see and do for the whole family,” Village Roadshow Theme Parks spokesman Darrin Davies said.

“This year we celebrated Henry the Polar Bear’s first birthday at Polar Pre-School. Henry has captured the hearts of everyone who has seen him and people just love coming back to watch him frolic and enjoy his surroundings. In December we introduced Storm Coaster the first combination water flume boat ride and roller coaster in Australia. At $A20 million Storm Coaster is also believed to be the largest single investment in a theme park ride in Australia.”

Sea World was founded in 1971 by the late Keith Williams, one of the Gold Coast’s most colourful entrepreneurs, transforming a piece of vacant scrub on the Southport Spit in to a world-famous tourist attraction.

It welcomes more than five million visitors a year.

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