The Gold Coast is undoubtedly one of Australia’s top travel destinations. It attracts visitors from across the world, but just as importantly it provides a great place for Aussies from across the country to travel with their friends for a great, affordable holiday to one of the world’s top destinations. A big part of the region’s appeal is the incredibly wide variety of activities to do. If you’re into surfing, some of the best beaches across the globe can be found nearby, if shopping is your bag, look no further than the CBD for one of a kind boutiques and department stores galore.
Of course, the undisputed highlight of the Gold Coast when it comes to tourism is the theme parks, which can be visited all year round thanks to the mild winters of the continent’s east coast. While these parks are something of a ‘must-visit’ for any holiday to the Gold Coast, it’s not always possible to stop in at them all. Choosing which ones to prioritise can be a difficult task, so we’ve compiled a handy guide for anyone travelling to the Sunshine State.
Read on to learn more about four of the best theme parks on the Gold Coast, as well as the highlights of each one.
1. Dreamworld First opened to the public on December 15, 1981, Dreamworld is perhaps the most iconic of all Australia’s theme parks. Its attractions dominate the skyline and provide some of the most exhilarating and thrilling experiences imaginable. The park wouldn’t be what it is today without the famous Tower of Terror, first opened in 1997 and now emblematic of the entire Gold Coast roller coaster world. With a height of 118 metres, 160 km/hour speeds and an immense 6.5 seconds of weightlessness, the ride can’t be beat for pure, adrenaline-pumping joy. To make it even better, the tower was augmented with the Giant Drop in 1998, providing two world class attractions on a single frame.Jun 5, 2016 at 11:51pm PDT
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Similar to Whitewater World in some ways, Wet’n’Wild is a great place to cool down when the heat gets a bit too much and you can’t face the crowds at the beach. Of course, there’s far more to the park than that as it has some of the most exciting water-based rides you’re ever likely to come across. You’ll find fewer kids here, so you can focus on the serious business of waiting in line at the Extreme H2O zone.
Once you’re in this area, delights abound in the form of rides like the Mach 5, Blackhole and Tornado. You’ll want to give all of them a go – multiple times of course – to make the most of your time at Wet’n’Wild and of the cool (or in some seasons heated) water.
If you’re interested in visiting some, or all, of these theme parks, you actually don’t have to come from the Gold Coast to do so, the locations are only an hours drive from Brisbane. All you have to do is grab a car, grab your mates and hit the road for an adventure you’ll never forget.
For more information on renting a car for a trip to the Gold Coast, get in touch with East Coast Car Rentals today.