Gold Coast Theme Parks

Popular with Families

Australia's Gold Coast is a tropical playground with golden beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. It's just south of Brisbane and the coast's southern end is at the New South Wales-Queensland border.

The Gold Coast is not only renowned for its beaches but also for its casino, resort hotels, and a wide variety of restaurants, lively nightlife, entertainment venues, and popular theme parks.

You can buy tickets for each theme park or, in particular instances, for a combination of them.

Here are the Gold Coast's popular theme parks:

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    Dreamworld

    Dreamworld's The Claw, courtesy Dreamworld
    Dreamworld's The Claw, courtesy Dreamworld. Dreamworld's The Claw, courtesy Dreamworld

    Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera, Queensland 4209, Australia

    As of October 25, 2016, Dreamworld announced: 

    Dreamworld is closed until further notice due to a tragic incident at the park. We are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic incident; our hearts and thoughts go out to the families involved and their loved ones. Four people were tragically killed on a ride and the park remains closed while investigations continue. As of December 10, 2016, the park has reopened to the public again. For current updates, visit the Dreamworld Facebook page.

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    Movie World

    Movie World, courtesy Village Roadshow Theme Parks. Batman trademark and copyright of DC Comics
    Meeting Batman at Movie World, courtesy Village Roadshow Theme Parks. Batman and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. Meeting Batman at Movie World, courtesy Village Roadshow Theme Parks. Batman elements © DC Comics

    Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, Queensland 4210

    This is actually Warner Bros Movie World and can be likened to California's Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City. A similar type theme park, Fox Studios Backlot, had been set up in Sydney but closed in 2001. (This did not affect Fox Studios which continue to operate on the site.) Movie-themed rides, shows, and attractions, from Lethal Weapon to Looney Tunes, make up the Movie World experience.

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    Paradise Country

    Cuddling a koala at Paradise Country, courtesy Village Roadshow Theme Parks
    Cuddling a koala at Paradise Country, courtesy Village Roadshow Theme Parks. Cuddling a koala at Paradise Country, courtesy Village Roadshow Theme Parks

    Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, Queensland 4210

    A visit to Paradise Country, said to be an authentic Aussie homestead combining farm life and Outback adventure, includes a farm tour, being with koalas, kangaroos and farm animals, or going fossicking for gold or mining for opals. Paradise Country is located behind Warner Bros Movie World and Wet'n'Wild Waterworld.

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    Sea World

    Dolphins perform at Sea World, courtesy Village Roadshow Theme Parks
    Dolphins perform at Sea World, courtesy Village Roadshow Theme Parks. Dolphins perform at Sea World, courtesy Village Roadshow Theme Parks

    Seaworld Dr, Main Beach, Queensland 4217

    Although having a similar name to such attractions as SeaWorld Orlando in Florida and SeaWorld San Diego in California, Sea World on Australia's Gold Coast is unrelated to the American aquatic theme parks. But as with other water-based theme parks, Sea World includes shows of waterski (and jetski) acrobatics, as well as the seal and dolphin shows that visitors come to expect in an aquatic park. As well there are special areas for penguins, polar bears, and sharks. The adjacent Sea World Resort provides holiday accommodation.

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    Wet'n'Wild Water World

    Fun in the water, courtesy courtesy Village Roadshow Theme Parks
    Fun in the water, courtesy courtesy Village Roadshow Theme Parks. Fun in the water, courtesy courtesy Village Roadshow Theme Parks

    Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, Queensland 4210

    It's all water fun at Wet'n'Wild Water World with a variety of slides, water tubes, tunnels, surf beaches, and a pirate-themed children's playground. The site is adjacent to Warner Bros Movie World, which is convenient for those who park-hop with combination passes. Pools and slides are heated in the cooler winter months.

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    WhiteWater World

    Making a splash at WhiteWater World, courtesy Dreamworld
    Making a splash at WhiteWater World, courtesy Dreamworld. Making a splash at WhiteWater World, courtesy Dreamworld

    Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera, Queensland 4209, Australia

    WhiteWater World was opened in 2006 with a variety of water slides, such as The Wedgie which plummets feet first down a translucent pipe and barrel falling a distance of five stories. Other rides include The Bro, The Green Room, Super Tubes HydroCoaster and The Temples of Huey. Cabanas are available to rent by the water.

    Edited and updated by Sarah Megginson.