Get Inspired / Gold Coast Where are the Gold Coast's best theme park rides? Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Gold Coast Where are the Gold Coast's best theme park rides? story by: Tom Ricketts THE GIANT DROP When this ride opened at Dreamworld in 1999 it immediately went into the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s tallest vertical freefall ride. It towers 119 metres above the themepark and when up the top, there’s some pretty impressive views. However you’ll be far too fear stricken to notice that as you plummet 135kmph towards the ground. The marketing slogan for this ride is to ‘take some spare underwear’, and you might just have to. THE CLAW Themed to look like a rampaging velociraptor, the Claw certainly does strike fear into the hearts of those who see it at Dreamworld. A giant pendulum like device swings riders around and around at up to 75kmph. If that’s not terrifying enough, your seats also twist 360 degrees as you’re flying around in circles. This one is not safe for pukers. ARKHAM ASYLUM On this Batman themed ride at Movie World you’re actually strapped into a harness that’s attached to the ride above you, essentially leaving you and your legs hanging out the bottom. You’re then whipped along the tracks and into stomach churning loops at 85kmph where you’ll pull 4.2G’s! THE BLACKHOLE Most of us probably aren’t too scared of hydroslides these days, but this isn’t your average hydroslide. At Wet'n'Wild the screams of riders ahead of you fills your ears as you prepare to push off. Then as you hurtle down the slide at 40kmph you’re suddenly aware it’s pitch black… and you have absolutely no idea where the next turn is going to come from! JET RESCUE If you thought Sea World was just about viewing whales and dolphins, you were wrong. The Jet Rescue ride has you on a jetski resembling rollercoaster that shoots around the park at 70kmph. You’ll be pulling nearly 3G’s when you fly past the rockpools and approach the end of the ride… but what awaits you in the darkened blowhole cave…? THE RIP Named after the notorious rips that suck unwitting swimmers out to sea off our beaches, this White Water World ride aims to replicate the full fury of Mother Nature. You’ll launch from a 16 metre tower into 12 metres of pitch black horror before you’re blasted into a massive menacing whirlpool. Swirl around and around the funnel before you’re sent flying like a champagne cork into a plunge pool below. > READ MORE ABOUT THE GOLD COAST THEMEPARKS HERE > VIEW HOT DEALS TO THE GOLD COAST Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - October 2017 Read more Add or remove from Wishlist 6 date night ideas on the Gold Coast Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.