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    DreamWorld

    by kelyeah Updated Apr 10, 2008

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    DreamWorld is a great place for young and old.
    When I first walked in I watched some of the rides and thought there was no way I was going to get on them but by the end of the day I had been on all of them!
    The best time to visit the park is during school terms as there is a good amount of people there for atmosphere but the lines for rides are nice and short! Which is a bonus when you could be waiting hours just to get on a ride.
    There is a section at DreamWrold called Tiger Island where their are about 3 tigers and the keepers come out twice a day to do presentations. I would recommend you go see the presentation as it's really interesting. Just make sure you get there about 15 minutes before it starts because there is a pretty big crowd.
    Also at the park is a wildlife section where you can see a few Australian animals including crocs, snakes and dingos.
    With plenty of places to eat and a gift shop it's a great place to spend the day.

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    Seaworld

    by dancinbudgie Updated Mar 19, 2008

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    Seaworld is our favourite theme park on the Gold Coast as it has something for all ages. The dolphin and sea lion shows are always great, the rides cater to all ages and levels of adventurousness, and the water slide area is brilliant for cooling off. You can also take a swim with the dolphins or even snorkel with the sharks!
    Food and drink can be expensive , so we always take sandwiches and water with us. Bring sunscreen and a hat as well.

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    Theme Park Madness

    by MissBianca Updated Jan 1, 2008

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    One of the reasons so many people do flock to the Gold Coast besides the beaches and warm weather, are for our extensive selection of theme parks/sanctuaries.

    Our theme parks and sanctuaries include:

    Wet N Wild (www.wetnwild.myfun.com.au)
    Sea World (www.seaworld.myfun.com.au)
    Movie World (www.movieworld.myfun.com.au)
    Dream World (www.dreamworld.com.au)
    White Water World (www.whitewaterworld.com.au)
    Australian Outback Spectacular (www.outbackspectacular.myfun.com.au)
    Paradise Country Aussie Farm Tour (www.paradisecountry.myfun.com.au)
    Currumbin Sanctuary (www.currumbin-sanctuary.org.au)

    If you are interested in visiting more then one of these places, you may be interested in purchasing a fun pass which gives you one single day entry to Movie World, Wet N Wild and Sea World. This will set you back $142 for adults and $89 for children.

    There is also super park pass available which allows unlimited entry to Movie World, Wet N Wild and Sea World for 14 days. The prices are $177 for adults and $115 for children.

    You may also find it useful to know that Dream World and White Water World are affiliated so you are able to purchase entry to both starting from $68.00 for children and $102.00 for adults.

    I would definitely recommend purchasing tickets online in advance, as unless you enjoy standing around a lot of your morning will be taken up waiting in line. Tickets can be prepurchased from the websites above.

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    One of the better "Worlds"

    by aberacadabra Written Nov 27, 2007

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    Daffy in his car...that's all folks..woohoowoohoo!

    With about 4 different parks, you're quite spoilt for choice. And having been to all, I've found Movie World to be the best value of them all. It's clean, neat and well presented in addition to some of the scariest rides.

    A tip is to book your tickets online and save a few dollars per ticket over the full gate price.

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    Sea World !

    by Aquacraig Written Aug 14, 2007

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    See the sharks up close!
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    This place is a Gold Coast icon ! It is always evolving and always entertaining. Sea World is definitely worth a visit. There is a great range of rides for all ages, regular shows , underwater viewing stadium as well polar bears and other animals.

    For the rides...try the bermuda triangle ! Attractions....see the sharks and other marine life in the underwater viewing stadium.

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    Theme parks

    by emstar21 Updated Mar 7, 2007

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    Best theme parks (in order of preference)
    Movie world - great for everyone including little kids.
    Wet n Wild - great rides but have to spend alot of time in lines - but worth it.
    Seaworld - good all rounder but getting old - great staff, tell you alot about the animals.
    Dreamworld - a bit of dissapointment if you go to all the rest, dreamworld is not worth the money ($60 adult), as it is not included in the 3 park super pass.

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    It's a world, world, world, world mad

    by iandsmith Written Feb 14, 2007

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    From memory, VT member RobertGaz covers these things far better than I ever would hope to (or want to) but, suffice it to say, if you get bored in Surfers perhaps you should try moving off your sofa.
    Yes, it's a world world alright; Dreamworld, Seaworld, Warner Bros World, Water World and probably many others I've failed to mention. Whether you choose to be active or just sit and watch, there's more entertainment during the day than any other place I know of in Oz.
    Somewhat surprisingly, some of these attractions, notably Warner Bros and Dreamworld, are nowhere near the Gold Coast but many kilometres north on the way to Brisbane.
    Not to worry, there'll be some sort of bus travelling by your very door at least once an hour to get you up there. Peoples' jobs depend on it!
    I still have lovely memories when I was a young dad and my eldest son and I decided we were going to go 20 times on the then-relatively-new roller coaster at Seaworld. Those were the days as they say. Not sated, we then went to Dreamworld and I'll never forget the slow clunk-clunk as the roller coaster slow ascended. First the roof tops, then you could see for kilometres, then you could see all of Surfers, then, was that New Zealand I spotted? Wow, it was a long gut wrenching ride down. We only did that once.
    There's much more to these places than that and, if you have a family, you will spend a lot worse days than going to any of them. It will hit your hip pocket, sure, but, remember it's a full day out and you'd have to be pretty hard to please not to have a good day.

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    Must Sees @ the Gold Coast Themeparks

    by chinaIze Written Jan 23, 2007
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    Movieworld

    -Looney Tunes Village
    - Wait for the parade for very nice photos with looney tunes characters of your choice

    Dreamworld

    - If you are a Big Brother fan, then you should definitely go and see the Big Brother House (hopefully during off season so that you can actualy go inside the house)

    - Ride each of the Big 5 Thrill rides at least once.

    SeaWorld

    - See the polar bears!!!
    - See the white tigers!!

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    Must Sees @ the Gold Coast Themeparks

    by chinaIze Written Jan 23, 2007

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    Movieworld

    -Looney Tunes Village
    - Wait for the parade for very nice photos with looney tunes characters of your choice

    Dreamworld

    - If you are a Big Brother fan, then you should definitely go and see the Big Brother House (hopefully during off season so that you can actualy go inside the house)

    - Ride each of the Big 5 Thrill rides at least once.

    SeaWorld

    - See the polar bears!!!
    - See the white tigers!!

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    Must Sees @ the Gold Coast Themeparks

    by chinaIze Written Jan 23, 2007
    I thought I saw a pussy cat
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    Movieworld

    -Looney Tunes Village
    - Wait for the parade for very nice photos with looney tunes characters of your choice

    Dreamworld

    - If you are a Big Brother fan, then you should definitely go and see the Big Brother House (hopefully during off season so that you can actualy go inside the house)

    - Ride each of the Big 5 Thrill rides at least once.

    SeaWorld

    - See the polar bears!!!
    - See the white tigers!!

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  • Australian Outback Spectacular

    by grantravel Written Nov 12, 2006

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    As a local and my family is from the outback, I have seen this show and believe it is well worth your while to check it out. It's a one of a kind extravaganza of a one and a half hour action packed outback show featuring wild horses, stampeding cattle, an array of bush vehicles and an unforgettable display of horsemanship. As well as a 3 course Aussie BBQ dinner, you also receive as part of the entry ticket, all you can drink beer, wine or soft drink during the show as well as a free Stockmen’s hat!

    The show runs nightly, from Tuesday to Sunday, inside a giant 1000 seat enclosed arena.

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    Dreamworld

    by robertgaz Updated Oct 23, 2006

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    Dreamworld is the ultimate place for family fun with rides a plenty. Anything from nice 'n' slow to gut wrenching rides.

    There's the Claw where you will be propelled 9 stories high, swung at at 75km/h and spun around 360 degrees.

    For something tamer there's the Runaway Reptar Rollercoaster which is a suspended 'Familycoaster'.

    Or the Wipeout where you are spun, twisted and tumbled through body wrenching dumping breakers.

    Opening hours are from 10.00am to 5.00pm except Christmas Day (December 25th) and Anzac Day (25th April).

    General Admission

    Adults: $62
    Children (4-13 years incl.): $40
    Infants (0-3 years): Free when accompanied by an adult
    Pensioners/Seniors: $40* (AUS & NZ residents only, ID required)

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    Australian Outback Spectacular

    by robertgaz Updated Oct 20, 2006

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    The Australian Outback Spectacular is an exciting 90min show with live animals, spectacular sight and sound effects and some captivating performances.

    It's set in a 1,000 seat enclosed stadium and you will enjoy a 3 course Aussie BBQ which includes all beer, wine and soft drinks while enjoying the show.

    The show is a huge Aussie Outback extravaganza without being too much over the top. The horse riding skills are fair dinkum, the songs and poetry are true blue with bonza tucker.

    It's open each night from Tuesday to Sunday and all guests will receive a free stockman's hat with an opportunity for a professional photographer to take your picture for posterity.

    Prices -

    All tickets are for individuals as they do not offer family passes or student discounts.

    Adult $89.00
    Child (4 – 13 years inclusive) $59.00
    Pensioner $79.00

    Doors open at 6:15pm and pre-show entertainment commences at 6:45pm for a 7:30pm show time.

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    Theme parks-theme parks-theme parks

    by xuessium Updated May 27, 2006

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    I dislike them. There I said it.

    The Gold Coast is full of them. (In fact, I do think many Singaporeans travelled to The Gold Coast just for them) Movie World, Sea World & Dream World - that was the fashionable trio in 1999.

    Managed to convince my mate to give only one a go and we opted for Movie World. (Afterall, I always have a thing for foul-tempered Daffy Duck!)

    Hop onto a Surfside bus servicing the Movie World route and paid for a ticket that includes both return bus fare and Movie World entry ticket. (Then it was a whopping A$44)

    Did the standard rides, tours and stuff and caught a few shows (Police Academy Show I think) as well. Like an overthick fondue, it was just too cheesy for me. Besides, the place was jammed pack with squealing kids.

    Too much to bear after a while and I cut short my time and chose to go back to the embrace of the beach!

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    Theme Parks

    by ciaobella55 Written Apr 6, 2006

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    Don't miss the theme parks, there's something for everyone. My favourite is SeaWorld, because I just love the polar bears.
    they have lots of rides, water ski and stunt shows, huge waterslides, educational stuff too.
    Perfect for all ages

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