Which Gold Coast Theme Park is Right for Your Family?
There are theme parks galore to explore on the Gold Coast, but when you’re spoilt for choice, how do you find the right theme park for your family? The ages of your children, how adventurous or thrill-seeking they are, plus a whole host of other criteria will come into play when planning a holiday to remember!
Our guide to the Gold Coast’s premier theme parks will help make your life (a little) easier - and so will booking your theme park passes via Experience Oz. Australia's #1 travel experiences provider gives you easy access to all of the best theme parks on the Gold Coast with tickets that are cheaper than gate prices! For a budget-savvy hack, book online at Experience Oz when planning your Gold Coast theme park holiday and save $10.
The Best Gold Coast Theme Parks For Your Family
Wet 'n' Wild boasts some of the biggest and most extreme water slides in Australia. Families looking for slides and rides that are big on fun with a heady dose of thrill on the side should add Wet’n’Wild to their bucket list. Wet’n’Wild boasts 20 attractions including the Tornado which reaches speeds of up to 40 km/h, the Black Hole which slides you into complete darkness, and the Kamikaze which will take you on an 11 m drop at a steep 70-degree angle with speeds of up to 50 km/h. Needless to say, Wet’n’Wild is geared more toward families with older children, but younger kids are also catered for with the Wet’n’Wild Junior precincts offering fortress pools, mini slides and a huge water play structure. There are also family-friendly attractions including a Giant Wave Pool, Calypso Beach and River Rapids.
2. Sea World
Sea World is a top pick for animal lovers. Watch Australia’s only polar bears swim and play at Polar Bear Shores, have an above and underwater view of tropical fish and sharks in the world’s largest man-made shark lagoon, and touch a ray, if you dare, at Ray Reef - an open touch pool where you can see the rays up close. The seal presentation is a laugh-a-minute and the whole family will be mesmerised by the live dolphin feature show. Alongside its exhibits, show and presentations, Sea World offers a collection of rides and precincts for all ages, including the Castaway Bay interactive splash zone and battle boats, SpongeBob's Boating School Blast and the thrilling Jet Rescue Coaster.
3. Warner Bros. Movie World
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto the set of a movie when you enter Warner Bros. Movie World. Keep an eye out on Main Street to see all your favourite characters – snap a selfie with Wonder Woman or Batman or give Bugs Bunny a cuddle, and don't miss the dazzling Star Parade. Families will love the Scoob! 4D movie experience, while younger kids will enjoy the Loony Tunes Dance Party. The Hollywood Stunt Driver show is a Movie World must. There’s a great collection of rides for kids of all ages from the Loony Tunes Carousel to the Roadrunner Rollercoaster. Older kids and thrill-seekers have eight thrill rides to choose from, including the DC Rivals Hypercoaster- the tallest, longest and fastest in the Southern Hemisphere. If you have a movie buff in your family, Movie World is for you!
4. Paradise Country
Paradise Country is perfect for younger families looking for an authentic Aussie Farm experience. Get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos, emus, dingoes and snakes at the Wildlife Walkabout, or spend time in the animal nursery and Farmyard Play Paddock. Daily shows include sheep shearing, ram parades, sheepdog demonstrations and stock horse action. You can fossick for gold, go opal mining and learn about billy tea. Don't miss the Shaun the Sheep and Bitzer Meet & Greets, Shaun’s Tractor Ride and Shaun's Aussie Adventure Show.
5. Australian Outback Spectacular
A dinner-and-show experience like no other, Australian Outback Spectacular offers an entertaining night out for young and old. Their new show ‘Heartland’ is a visually stunning, immersive arena extravaganza full of authentic characters with enthralling tales of life in the heart of Australia. Set in the iconic red barn, the latest projection technology, some incredibly talented horses and riders, awesome special effects, inspiring animal performances and a soundtrack of legendary Australian country music will bring this performance to life. You'll be captivated by the star-studded cast of quirky characters and their witty recollections as you are treated to a three-course meal with drinks during the show. It's a heartwarming and entertaining event the whole family will love!
Dreamworld is the biggest theme park on the Gold Coast, jampacked with rides, attractions, animal experiences and live shows. If you have a young family, make your way to the ABC and Wiggles World precinct for a colorful collection of attractions ideal for under 5s, including the Big Red Boat, Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cup Ride and the Bananas in Pyjamas Carousel. Kids can meet their favourite characters in the Wiggly Friends Show and Bananas in Pyjamas Appearance. Bigger kids will have a ball on family-friendly rides including Sky Voyager - Australia's first and only flying theatre - and Kenny's Forest Flyer, while adrenaline-junkie teens and adults can see how brave they are on seven thrill rides including The Giant Drop - the tallest free-falling ride in Australia.
Tiger Island offers a change of pace with live Tiger presentations held twice daily. There’s also a sheep shearing show and vintage car adventure. The scenic rail ride on the Dreamworld Express offers the perfect break from the action.
7. WhiteWater World
A hop, skip and splash from Dreamworld is WhiteWater World – an oasis of waterslides, water attractions and a wave pool. There is something for everyone at WhiteWater World. Wiggle Bay offers a safe and fun space for younger children with mini slides, interactive water sprays, water cannons and musical water play. Bigger kids will have a blast at the massive water playground, Pipeline Plunge. The Cave of Waves with swells reaching up to 1.5 m promises fun for all ages, while the wild ones in your family will make a beeline for The Wedgie, Fully 6, Triple Vortex and more!
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