Get Inspired / Gold Coast Theme Parks of Queensland Australia Tourism Queensland Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Gold Coast Theme Parks of Queensland Australia story by: Jo Wedlock The Aussie theme parks are a huge attraction for families in choosing a winter holiday. While it’s tempting to book the usual family trip to Fiji or the Cook Islands, if your kids are not huge beach goers, or the weather gets a bit rough, it isn’t a fun holiday. So why not mix it up and visit Aussie, where you can spend your days getting ‘wet n wild’ or watching the dolphins at the multitude of theme parks. Most of these parks are located between the Gold and Sunshine Coasts – there are around 10 parks, and it pays to hire a car if you want to take your time and explore all there is to see. You possibly won’t get time to visit all the theme parks, and some are better for different age groups than others. Keep in mind that kids under the age of 4 will struggle a little to find things they are allowed to do, as a lot of the rides have height or age restrictions in some of the parks. Speak to your House of Travel specialist about the theme parks that will best suit you and your travelling group, and check out this list of the best parks below: Dreamworld and WhiteWater World Having been in operation for 30 years, Dreamworld is still one of the most popular theme parks. With so many worlds in one location, it's an action-packed adventure for the whole family. From the tallest and fastest thrill rides, to live interactive shows and unique animal attractions, this is the place for adrenaline and lots of rides. Ride junkies will find their thrill fix on the Big Eight: The BuzzSaw, The Cyclone Rollercoaster, the Giant Drop, the Tower of Terror II, The Claw, The Wipeout, Pandemonium and the Mick Doohan MotoCoaster. There is now a new breed of innovative rides and attractions that focus on adding skill to thrill. For example try Australia's first full-motion virtual V8 Supercar experience or take to FlowRider in a floating log and experience the rush of riding a wave. For the littlies there is much more to see and do with Wiggles World, Tiger Island and The Australian Wildlife Experience. Dreamworld and sister waterpark WhiteWater World have combo tickets, so you can experience both together. WhiteWater World is located right next to Dreamworld and if you have brought combo tickets you don’t even need to leave the park. There are massive water rides here, such as the drop and loop bodyslide, the four person tuberide down The Rip and a wave pool called the Cave of Waves. If you have littlies they will love Wiggle Bay and the pipeline plunge! Sea World Sea World is a fantastic holiday park experience for all ages. Unlike some of the thrill seeking parks, even your littlies will be able to experience most of what’s on offer and love it. Sea World offers a chance to see dancing dolphins, playful polar bears and awesome sharks all on show. In terms of location, it's the theme park closest to 'the action' of Surfers Paradise and Main Beach. Apart from the marine life shows, there are shows such as the Jet Stunt Extreme show and 3-D movies, as well as great rides for little kids at Sesame Street Beach. For the more adventurous there is the interactive adventure zone Castaway Bay, the Jet Rescue and Sea Viper rollercoaster and Viking's Revenge Flume Ride. A popular activity is to visit Australia's only polar bears, Liya, Hudson and Nelson, get hands-on with majestic stingrays at Ray Reef and spy on King, Gentoo and Fairy penguins pottering about the Penguin Encounter exhibit. Warner Bros. Movie World Warner Bros. Movie World at the Gold Coast is perfect for families with a cross-section of ages. The Hollywood themes give the park a glitz and glamour buzz, and the daily parade down Main Street features all your cartoon and movie heroes. The Lethal Weapon, Superman and Scooby Doo rollercoasters and the Batwing Spaceshot will have the hearts pumping, while the Looney Tunes Village has a great selection for young kids. Throw in the Hollywood Stunt Driver show and the Wild West Falls and you've got something for everyone. Movie World is open every day from 10am till 5.30pm Wet'n'Wild For a day of thrills and spills, the Gold Coast's pioneer water park offers top aquatic action under the warmth of the Queensland sun. Wet'n'Wild offers hectares of slides and rides, including the sheer tube plunge Kamikaze, giant wave drop-in Surfrider, and the extreme experience of Tornado. Buccaneer Bay keeps youngsters splash happy while teens and adults tackle Terror Canyon, Mammoth Falls, Super 8 Aqua Racer and Speedcoaster. Look out for the Dive-In Movie nights on Saturdays during summer. Don't be deterred if you're visiting during the cooler months - the water is heated April through to September. Open daily from 10am to 5pm (4pm during winter) Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo OK, so it's not exactly on the Gold Coast but so many of our House of Travel families take the short trip up the highway to check out Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's crocodile and Australian wildlife park that we thought we'd better mention it. Crikey, it's a good day out and your hotel or local tourist office will be able to arrange transport for you. See more than 1000 native and exotic animals. And you might even get to see Bindi too. Open daily from 9am to 5pm Click here for Cheap Flights to Australia or HOT Australia Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? 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