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The magic of the Gold Coast and its legendary theme parks will always be a family favourite. Aleney de Winter brings you the latest from these homes of epics slides, spills and screams.

B eyond its sun, sand and surf, the Gold Coast’s biggest drawcard has to be its world-class theme parks. Nothing beats a summer family holiday sliding, coasting and splashing at the ‘big five’ – Dreamworld, WhiteWater World, Warner Bros Movie World, Wet’n’Wild and Sea World. If you haven’t been or are ready to discover all the latest attractions and rides, we have revisited these classics and hunted out all the latest experiences that’ll satisfy your thirst for thrills, spills and chills.

Dream a little Dreamworld
Dreamworld is Australia’s biggest theme park, bursting with more than 50 attractions from family favourites like the Log Ride to heart-stopping rollercoasters. Home to the Gold Coast’s Big9 Thrill Rides including the Tower of Terror, one of the tallest and fastest rides in the world, and the Giant Drop with its 38-storey freefall, and the park’s latest adrenaline-pumper... the nerve-shattering Tail Spin. This new ride sees you strapped in to one of 12 mini aeroplanes to soar into the sky at speed. Take control and enjoy a scenic flight or send yourself on a series of heart-racing spins for maximum buzz.

Aside from its famous rides, Dreamworld’s entertaining live shows, character performances and wildlife attractions are what make this park so memorable. Tiger Island is the largest interactive tiger facility in the Australia and the park has also welcomed a new Dreamworld Corroboree – the first Indigenous attraction to ever feature in a theme park! It houses more than 400 Australian animals, where guests can cuddle up to koalas, hold a snake or even feed a crocodile. Take younger visitors to visit the wiggliest place on earth at the Wiggles World precinct, and to the DreamWorks Experience where they just might bump into dragon warrior, Po, in Kung-Fu Panda: Land of Awesomeness or Shrek and his friends at Shrek’s Faire Faire Away. This summer, it’ll also be showing a range of DreamWorks Short Films and the Penguins of Madagascar will be taking over, with character appearances throughout the park.

WhiteWater World is Dreamworld’s splashier sister and visitors can purchase a pass which enables them to wander between the two. No ordinary water park, WhiteWater features some of the most extreme water slides on the planet including The Super Tubes HydroCoaster, The Wedgie and the brand-new Triple Vortex, which opened in September. The new slide sees riders hop an inflatable raft to wind through tunnels and oscillating funnels before dropping them onto the next funnel.

Younger visitors are also catered for at Wiggle Bay, a shallow section with sprays, pint-sized slides and water pipes designed for under-sixes. There’s also Pipeline Plunge, with an enormous fort structure, tipping buckets and mini slides and the Cave of Waves, the perfect place for families to kick back on the beach or float in tubes under the watchful eye of lifeguards This summer the two parks have joined forces for Screamworld – Slides and Rides. Running over four consecutive Friday nights in January, visitors can enjoy a unique experience under the stars where families and fun-seekers alike can step between the excitement of Dreamworld’s thrill rides and the refreshing slides at Whitewater World that help to beat the heat. These fun family nights include an early fireworks display for the littlies while big kids can hang around for a live DJ and Laser Light Show Spectacular.

Experience both attractions – as well as SkyPoint, the observation deck atop Q1– with a Holiday World Pass. Valid for either three or 21 days, this nifty ticket lets visitors experience all three adventures as many times as they want. www.dreamworld.com.au

All at Sea World
One of the first theme parks established on the Gold Coast, Sea World Resort & Water Park has been winning awards for family excellence for over 20 years. This summer your favourite half-shell heroes will be joining SpongeBob, Patrick Star and their Bikini Bottom pals! Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will emerge from the sewers of New York City to hit the Sea World street and show off their coolest ninja moves.

Ride the park’s monorail for a bird’s-eye view of all the amazing wildlife attractions, including Polar Bear Shores, Seal Harbour and the amazing Shark Bay – the world’s largest man-made lagoon system for sharks. If this all seems a touch on the mild side, adrenaline junkies can go wild on high-octane rides like the Corkscrew Rollercoaster and the Bermuda Triangle, or find themselves face-to-fin on a dive with the residents of Shark Lagoon.

www.seaworld.com.au  

At the movies
Meet your favourite stars and enjoy all the behind-the-scenes action, stunts and exhilarating rides of Warner Bros Movie World. There’s plenty to keep younger kids happy at the Kids’ WB! Fun Zone and Main Street, while thrill-seekers can head straight for the big guns like the gut-wrenching Green Lantern rollercoaster (with the steepest inverted drop in the Southern Hemisphere and speeds of up to 66km/h), the Arkham Asylum-themed ‘Shock Therapy’ and the Batwing Spaceshot that rockets skywards at a superhero-fast 4.5G followed by a stomach-dropping descent.

Movie World’s newest multi-million-dollar attraction is Junior Driving School. Here younger guests can hop into the driver’s seat and cruise through miniature versions of some of the park’s most iconic landmarks while learning all about safety and road rules on their very own kid-sized driving course.

www.movieworld.com.au  

 

Join the wet set
Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast is celebrating its 30th Birthday with the launch of the park’s newest zone, Wet’n’Wild Junior. The new kids’ precinct features eight kid-friendly water slides, including miniature versions of the park’s fast-flowing thrill slides and a redesigned, multi-level interactive play area with slides, water fountains and a giant tipping bucket along with the popular kids’ wading pool.

The classics, including the Super 8 Aqua Racers and Mammoth Falls, are all still there, and older and bolder visitors can conquer the AquaLoop, with its four full-looping, stomach-churning and gravity-defying slides, or the Skycoaster that catapults riders on a suspended cable more than 53 metres off the ground at speeds of up to 100km/h.

www.wetnwild.com.au  

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