For many Australians a visit to Brisbane wouldn’t be complete without visiting the theme parks in the area.
Without a doubt, the most popular and well known are the big four. Movie World, Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild and Dreamworld all sit within a few kilometres of each other on the Gold Coast, just 40 minutes south of Brisbane.
Owned by Villiage Roadshow Theme Parks, Movie World, Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild tickets are often available in combination, helping visitors to greatly reduce their entry costs. Sea World is the zoo-come-fun-fair theme park, with attractions like seals, polar bears, thrill rides and family entertainment. Spend the day hopping between rides and animal interactions – and don’t forget to check out Henry, the polar bear cub! As well as being a theme park, Sea World also runs the Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation, funding and promoting independent marine research projects.
Movie World is the hardcore thrill ride to Sea World’s zoo feel. Filled with movie themed rides like the Green Lantern Coaster and the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster, and regular shows including the Hollywood Stunt Driver show and Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs experience, you’ll have a ball seeing your favourite movies come to life.
Sometimes though, it’s all about the rides. Wet ‘n’ Wild is a water fun park where just about every ride, attraction or experience involves you getting wet. Make sure to pack a change of clothes and a towel – staying dry is impossible in this park.
If going to three different parts to see get the wildlife, thrills and fun park experience isn’t your cup of tea, then Dreamworld is the park you need to visit. One giant complex, Dreamworld combines the best of the theme parks to provide the ultimate day out. Heart-stopping rides like The Claw, the magnificent Tiger Island, tie-ins from Disney Pixar movies and the new Whitewater World section combine to provide one intense theme park experience.
In the opposite direction of the big name theme parks, Australia Zoo is a less adrenaline filled day out. Australia Zoo prides itself on its keeper talks, animal interactions and conservation efforts. Visitors can become keepers for a day, feed the animals or take part in animal encounters including behind the scenes tours and getting up close to wildlife.