Gold Coast Theme Parks

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The Gold Coast Theme Parks are one of the most popular family destinations in Australia.

Theme Parks

A trip to one of the Gold Coast's world famous theme parks is a must do as part of your family holiday. The ever-popular theme parks offer some great family entertainment for children of all ages - and their parents too. Each theme park has their own unique attractions and rides and has their good (and bad?) points.

So which park should you visit? The answer is to visit them all - more than once if time allows - but if you need to pick one (or two) we have listed all the parks and what they offer, as well as giving you some great deals with tickets you can buy before you leave home to not only save you money, but save you time not having to queue when you get there.

Movie World

Warner Bros Movie World features rides, attractions and shows that are movie related. There are movie characters to meet, parades to see and some fantastic rides for kids of all ages. It is located at Oxenford, around 20 minutes by carfrom the Gold Coast.

Popular rides include the Superman Escapes rollercoaster, Arkham Asylum, the Green Lantern, and the Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster. The Warner Bros Fun Zone is dedicated to younger ones with rides like the Junior Driving School and

Shows include the popular Hollywood Stuntman 2 and the Main Street Parade. The Star Tour takes visitors behind-the-scenes of this world-famous park, the chance to meet the Hollywood Stunt Driver 2 drivers, walk along the track of one of the roller coasters, unlimited fast track to rides and a VIP area to watch the parade.

Sea World

Located on Main Beach at the northern end of the Gold Coast, Sea World is home to a range of marine animals, rides for all ages and interactive marine wildlife experiences.

The main thrill rides include The Storm Coaster where you will encounter a 20m wave on dry land and Jet Rescue, a fast paced jet ski coaster. Castaway Bay is an interactive adventure playground with water cannons, battle boats and the Sky Fortress where you get to climb through rope bridges, tunnels and slides.

At Nickelodeon Land there's some great entertainment for the younger kids. Rides include Doras Fiesta Carousel, Boots Banana Boogie, Bikini Bottom Crosstown Express, Patrick's Jellyfish Frenzy, SpongeBob's Boating School Blast and Donatello's Ninja Flyers.

Wet 'n' Wild

Located next to Movie World, Wet'n'Wild is a water-ride based theme park where you can ride on one of the many slides, relax at calypso beach or surf and swim in the giant wave pool. Some of the thrill rides include Aqualoop, Kamikaze, Mach 5, Black Hole and Tornado.

For the younger ones Wet'n'Wild Junior is a space dedicated to children and features a number of kid-friendly rides. Made up of slides, a giant tipping bucket, interactive play structure, and replicas of the Tornado and Aqua Racers, younger kids are well catered for.

There are also a number of eateries available to purchase a quick bite to eat, or you can bring your own food and use the complimentary barbeques and picnic tables.


Located at Coomera, just North of Movie World, the Dreamworld theme park offers rides and attractions for all ages. There are the big 9 thrill rides to conquer including Buzzsaw, Hot Wheels Sidewinder, Mick Doohans Motocoaster, Pandamonium, Tail Spin, The Claw, The Giant Drop, Tower Of Terror ll and Wipeout

There are plenty of less terrifying rides as well and rides suited for younger kids including Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cup Ride, Big Red Car Ride, Hop and Hoot, Shrek's Ogre-Go-Round, Puss in Boots Sword Swing and Giggle and Hoot Pirate Ship.

Tiger Island is home to Dreamworlds tigers. You get to come face-to-face with these beautiful creatures daily with their Tiger Presentations or just during the day as they play about in their enclosures. Dreamworld Corroboree is home to a range of native Australian animals including dingoes, snakes, koalas, and crocodiles.

The Dreamworks Experience brings all of your favourite Dreamworks characters to life including Kung Fu Panda, the team of Madagascar, and Shrek. Other attractions include ABC Kids World and Wiggles World.

There are plenty of merchandise shops and food outlets available including the popular Lego Store.

WhiteWater World

Located right next to Dreamworld, WhiteWater World is another water based theme park with a range of pools, slides and relaxation areas.

Rides include the Super Tubes Hydro Coast, Temple of Huey, The Green Room, The Wedgie and The Bro to name a few. Wiggles Bay is a popular destination for the young ones as it is completely supervised and is located away from the larger, busier rides and slides. Featuring mini slides, interactive sprays, water cannons and more, the area is comprised of a total of 14 interactive play devices catering from toddlers to primary aged kids.

The park also features cabanas for guest's comfort and the Cave of Waves for visitors to relax in the water while soft waves roll through the pool. Entry to WhiteWater World is often included in entry to Dreamworld and you can easily jump. between the two parks with the connecting gate. There are a number of eateries located in WhiteWater World serving a range of ready-to-eat food as well as locals available to hire to safely store your belongings while you enjoy the rides.

Buy Tickets Online

Depending on how long you are staying at the Gold Coast and if you are intending to visit more than one theme park, you will be better off getting a multi park pass. There are a number of options available including a yearly pass, 7 day or 3 day passes, so with other attractions included.

Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and SkyPoint 7 day ticket
Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and SkyPoint 3 day ticket
1 day entry tickets, Movieworld, Seaworld, Wet 'n' Wild
1 day entry Dreamworld, WhiteWater World
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