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Holidays with Kids 2018


1Sea World

Gold Coast, QLD


Taking out first place for the second year in a row, this sprawling aquatic theme park is a longstanding Aussie favourite. With polar bears, rays, penguins and turtles galore, budding marine biologists will be in heaven, with opportunities to meet seals and dolphins up close and even spot sharks from a glass-bottomed boat. There are also Nickelodeon character meet-and-greets, extreme jet stunt displays and eight amazing rides and precincts. Little adventurers should make time to visit Castaway Bay, to climb and crawl through sky-high rope bridges.


2Warner Bros. Movie World

Gold Coast, QLD


For little cinephiles, the highlight of a day spent immersed in Hollywood is sure to be the Streets Star Parade, where kids can meet their favourite characters such as Batman, Scooby-Doo, Wonder Woman and the Looney Tunes gang. Thrill-seeking teens will find some of Australia’s most heart-stopping rides, including the DC Rivals Hypercoaster, the tallest, longest and fastest hypercoaster in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s also an epic Hollywood Stunt Driver 2 experience, where you can see exclusive behind-the-scenes action and even ride one of the high-speed cars.



Gold Coast, QLD


The biggest of Gold Coast’s theme parks, Dreamworld boasts a perfect location within easy reach of Surfers Paradise and is packed to the rafters with fun for families. Visit Tiger Island to come face-to-face with the animal kingdom’s largest cats and hit the Big 9 Thrill Rides, which twist and turn through the air at exhilarating speeds. For littlies, there are a number of low-key rides including the Mad Jungle Jam and Dreamworld Express, and be sure to keep an eye out for the new Sky Voyager, coming summer 2019.


4Wet 'n' Wild

Gold Coast, QLD


Slide into a whole lot of fun at this watery wonderland, only 22 minutes out of Surfers Paradise. For families looking for a thrill, take a spin on the Tornado, which sees you and three others fly up the walls of a huge funnel, spinning around in an inflatable tube reaching 40 kilometres an hour. For the littlies, head over to the slides in Wet’n’Wild Junior or brave the raft ride at Mammoth Falls. For something a little more low-key, relax at Calypso beach while the kids have a play or grab a bite at the Bombara Burger Bar.


5Adventure World

Perth, WA


Just a 20-minute drive south of Perth’s CBD, Adventure World has a mix of rides, from water rafting to rollercoasters and go karting. Thrill seekers will love the Goliath, a huge pendulum that swings at 17.8 metres per second at an exhilarating 120-degree angle, or the Abyss rollercoaster reaching speeds of 85 kilometres per hour. On hot days, water rides like the Kraken or Tidal Wave are a huge hit. For something a little more chilled, let the kids have a run around at Kahuna Falls, which features the favourite giant tipping bucket.


6Luna Park

St. Kilda, VIC


This iconic amusement park is a must-do when visiting Melbourne. Situated in the beach suburb of St Kilda, it’s hard to miss with its huge, clown-face entrance and 20-metre-high ferris wheel. The theme park doesn’t only have stacks of rides, but also a huge range of carnival games to keep you and the kids occupied for hours. Some of the classics include the Laughing Clowns, High Striker, Lucky Ducks and Knockems. Bang-for-buck is optimal, as you will only need to pay for the rides you choose: park entry is only $2 for adults and free for under-threes.


7Jamberoo Action Park

Curramore, NSW


Join the fun at the Jamberoo Action Park down on the New South Wales South Coast, just outside of Kiama. Drop by funnel-shaped ride The Perfect Storm, which claims the title of tallest and longest ride of its kind in the world. Youngsters will the love the Jamberoo Express, the fun multi-coloured train that takes guests around the park (and conveniently saves a lot of walking out in the midday sun). The park is open from 10am to 5pm every day.


8Adventure Park

Geelong, VIC


Victoria’s biggest theme park, Adventure Park in Geelong has a wealth of excitement to offer families. Get your heart rate up on the Tornado waterslide, indulge a little healthy competition on the Aqua Racer, have a swing on the Wave Swinger or take a ride on the Grand Carousel. After all the thrills, VIP Cabanas and sunbeds can be hired in five different locations throughout the park for a whole day, so parents can rest tired feet whenever they need to.


9Aussie World

Sunshine Coast, QLD


Say ‘g’day’ to the Australian-themed amusement park that has everything you need for a bit of Aussie fun. With traditional rides such as the Giant Slide and Space Shaker Swinging Ship still a hit, the park has a variety of attractions and shows on offer for kids and adults alike. Spend some time at the Platypus Ponds mini-golf course or Leak’n Logs with the kids and then pop into the pub to grab a steak or classic Aussie pie.



Whittlesea, VIC


With three world record-holding rides, Melbourne’s hottest new water park should be on your list. One of the record-holders is the Kraken Racer, the world’s longest Proslide Kraken Racer and the first of its kind in Australia. The new Volcano Beach wave pool is a great place to hang with the kids, and you can grab a bite here to eat to keep the energy going. The park also caters for birthday parties, school groups and functions for an extra-special day.


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