The Gold Coast is the ‘theme park capital of Australia’ with plenty of choices to appeal to all ages. From the world’s tallest and fastest thrill rides, to parks where you can see native Australian wildlife, or splash around in swimming pools and water slides; you’ll find it all on the Gold Coast. Meet your favourite movie characters and super-heroes; or swim with dolphins and sharks. Explore the rainforest canopy; or find eggs from when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Cuddle a koala; feed kangaroos and meet colourful native birds. There’s also plenty of indoor entertainment, from futuristic attractions to museums.
Dreamworld is Australia’s largest theme park and is like visiting multiple worlds in one. Dreamworld features an assortment of rides, shows and attractions, including The Tower of Terror 2, one of the tallest and fastest thrill rides in the world. Visit Tiger Island, where magnificent Bengal and Sumatran tigers play with their keepers. On the ‘Australian Wildlife Experience’ you can see more than 500 Australian native animals. Challenge yourself on the Flowrider – the perfect combination of surfing, skateboarding and body boarding. Dreamworld is right next door to WhiteWater World.
WhiteWater World has some of the best water attractions in the world, including the top four water slides. Hire a private cabana for your family and cool off from the tropical Queensland heat. Surf lessons are held Cave of Waves under lights after the park closes, several times a week.
Wet'n'Wild Water World is Australia's biggest water theme park and combines the latest in fun-filled water slides and leisure pools for all the family. Plunge seven stories down a speed coaster or simply laze in the giant wave pool. There’s also around 20 acres of shaded subtropical gardens for relaxing.
Warner Bros. Movie World is where your favourite movies come to life. Meet the stars and go on thrilling rollercoaster rides such as the Green Lantern Roller Coaster and Superman Escape and others based on your favourite Warner Bros. movie characters and super-heroes. At the Kids’ Fun Zone meet your favourite Looney Tunes characters including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
Sea World and has been a family favourite theme park for over 35 years. Sea World has more than exciting rides, attractions and shows. It is also committed to marine research and rescue, and a place where visitors can learn about and make contact with a variety of marine animals. See the delightful Dolphin Discovery show; polar bears and penguins swimming underwater; and get up close to a fearsome shark. Linked by monorail to Sea World theme park, Sea World Resort and Water Resort is Australia's only theme park hotel.
Those seeking futuristic games and indoor family entertainment should try Infinity; Timezone; Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium; or Dracula's Haunted House. The Gold Coast Wax Museum is listed as one of the Great Wax Museums of the World. It’s the largest Australian museum of its kind and features life-size wax figures, copies of the British Crown Jewels and dioramas of Australian history. Experience the spirit of the Australian outback at the Warner Brothers Australian Outback Spectacular. Be dazzled by wild horses, stampeding cattle, and an unforgettable display of horsemanship.
In the Gold Coast hinterland you can explore the rainforest canopy on the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk. Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain has walking tracks, hundreds of birds, Australian native animals and rare plants. Find ‘thunder-eggs’ formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth; tackle the high ropes on the Tree Top Challenge or enjoy the horse-riding trails through the rainforest. Scale the treetop course at Adventure Parc at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can also cuddle a koala; feed a kangaroo and colourful wild lorikeets. At Tropical Fruit World you can taste more than 500 varieties of weird and wonderful exotic fruits.