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Make the most of your day, or days, at the Gold Coast’s premier theme parks.
DO check the Aussie term-table
If it’s the schools hols for Australian kids, the theme parks are going to be chock-a-block. Where possible, visit when they’re back in school uniform.
DO get there early
Many of the parks don’t open their gates – or rides – until 10am, but Sea World and Movie World both open their doors at 9.30am, and with rides not commencing until 10am, you have a good 30-minutes to familiarise yourself with the park and its layout.
DON’T struggle to get there
The majority of theme parks are found north of Surfers Paradise in Coomera and Oxenford. Local bus operator Surfside Buslines run to all the parks from Surfers Paradise, but it takes approx. 30-40 minutes. For ease, convenience, and no waiting for the next bus, we suggest organising transfers or car rental with your HOT consultant.
DON’T wait in the admissions queue
Buy your park tickets in advance. Easier still, allow us to do it for you. Avoid the lengthy ticket lines by purchasing your passes with House of Travel before you leave. We can also purchase tickets for special add-ons, such as a VIP experience, wildlife experiences or queue-jumping passes.
DO buy the best pass for you
DO make the day age-appropriate
Almost every park accommodates toddlers up to teens with rides varying in fright and delight. However, if you have under-fives in your brigade, Dreamworld is perfect. ABC Kids World is fully focused on children up to five years old. With an extensive selection of merry-go-rounds, swings, tea cup rides and a pirate ship. Tots can even meet everyone’s favourite fruit duo, Bananas in Pyjamas.
DO set a meeting point
Theme parks are huge and regardless whether you’re an adult or child, it’s easy to get lost. Find an initial meeting place, such as an easily recognisable building or park feature, and reconvene there if you lose one another.
DO eat well
Movie World, Dreamworld and Sea World won’t allow you to bring any external food or drink into their parks, unless you have a specific dietary requirement or allergy. The only exceptions are water and fruit.
Wet’n’Wild won’t allow commercially prepared food such as KFC, but otherwise you’re good to go – picnics are welcome. There are also coin-operated barbecues for burger lunches.
WhiteWater World will also allow you to bring in your own food and drink. Being next door to Dreamworld, purchase a World Pass so you can go between both parks – allowing for picnics in WhiteWater World after a fun-filled morning in Dreamworld.
DO protect your valuables
Every theme park offers rentable lockers, with varying costs listed on individual websites. At Wet’n’Wild use the lockers for your wallet but transfer some money onto a waterproof wristband first. It’s called Splash Cash, and you simply swipe it to pay for food and ride photos etc. If there’s any money left at day’s end, you’ll get it back.
DON’T get heat fatigue
It’s obvious but a water bottle for every family member is a necessity (but easily forgotten). Water fountains dotted around the park will allow you to fill up regularly, and you’ll also avoid costly on-site refreshments. Sun cream and hats are necessary too.
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