Dreamworld is the largest theme park in Australia and one of the Gold Coast’s biggest attractions. With rides, rollercoasters, live shows, dodgems, wildlife, electronic games and more there is something for children of all ages – and the young at heart too.
Despite it’s size (30 hectares), Dreamworld is nicely laid out which makes getting the most out of your visit a lot easier. It’s divided up into nine themed areas: Australian Wildlife Experience, DreamWorks Experience, Main Street, Ocean Parade, Rivertown, Rocky Hollow, Tiger Island, Town of Gold Rush and Wiggles World.
Australian Wildlife Experience
The Australian Wildlife Experience is an impressive wildlife park that is home to more than 800 native animals, including reptiles & amphibians, koalas, kangaroos, wombats, crocodiles and more.
The DreamWorks Experience area is made up of three attractions: Madagascar Madness, Shrek’s Faire Faire Away and Kung Fu Panda: Land Of Awesomeness – which features Pandamonium, one of Dreamworld’s Big 8 Thrill Rides.
Main Street acts as Dreamworld’s entrance, has the Dreamworld Railway Central Station, the theme park’s cinema and there are number of places to get some food and drink.
Of Dreamworld’s Big 8 Thrill Rides, Ocean Parade hosts three of them: The Claw, Cyclone and Wipeout. The beach culture theme is reflected with rides like Stingray and Reef Diver.
While the Captain Sturt Paddle Wheeler may be no more, there are still two Big 8 Thrill Rides to enjoy in Rivertown: the Tower of Terror II, a white-knuckle ride that can reach speeds of over 160 km/hour, and Mick Doohan’s Motocoaster.
Rockey Hollow has one of the most terrifying rides – in our opinion – of all: The Giant Drop. If you are going to go on it, do yourself a favour and do it before lunch. The world’s tallest, free-falling ride drops you the equivalent of 39 storeys – don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Where else will you get the chance to watch Bengal and Sumatran tigers at play? There are some interesting presentations and – for a (considerable) extra fee – a chance to get up close with the tigers.
Town of Gold Rush
the Town of Gold Rush is themed as you might imagine and has the Thunder River Rapids Ride and something many visitors are buzzing about (sorry): BuzzSaw – another of Dreamworld’s Big 8 Thrill Rides.
Wiggles themed attractions for younger visitors, including the Big Red Boat Ride, the Big Red Car Ride, Dorothy’s Rosy Tea Cup Ride, the SS Feathersword, plus lots of games, activities and characters to enjoy.
Opening hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm, and yes, it’s easy to spend all day here. With the exception of Christmas Day and Anzac Day, Dreamworld is open all year round.
Prices: Dreamworld day tickets are currently priced at $84.99 for adults and $49.99 for children aged 3 – 13 (inclusive) and pensioners, but as a rule you will get a better deal purchasing your tickets in advance and not at the gate. While it’s not cheap to visit, there is a LOT included in the admission charge.
You can also get passes that are valid for longer periods and that also allow unlimited entry to the adjacent WhiteWater World, as well as SkyPoint Observation Deck in Surfers Paradise. Good value and well worth considering – especially when sometimes these passes can be found for less than the price of a day pass!
Getting to Dreamworld
By car: Dreamworld can be reached in 25 – 30 minutes or so from Surfers Paradise: head north on the Pacific Motorway (M1) and watch for the signs.
By bus: you can get here by Surfside Buslines, Con-x-ion and Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle.
By train: yes, it’s possible to get here by train – Coomera station is located nearby. Further information can be found here.
Dreamworld is located at Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera, Qld 4209. Telephone +61 7 5588 1111 or (tollfree within Australia) 1800 073 300. Website: http://www.dreamworld.com.au/