Dreamworld's terrific mix of rides, shows and wildlife attractions make this park a particular favourite.
Animal enthusiasts will love exploring the animal exhibits on Tiger Island plus the Oakley Creek Farm Show and tiger and cougar presentations. For an extra fee you can cuddle a koala, feed a croc or even walk with a tiger.
The whole family will enjoy giggling along to the SpongeBob SquarePants Show and SlimeTime Live, where getting slimed is the order of the day. Take the young ones to Wiggles World and Nick Central, where there is plenty of rides and characters for them to meet. Big kids should head directly for ‘the big six’ high-adrenalin rides, some of the best in the country. The virtual V8 Supercars experience is also a favourite with older kids.
WhiteWater World, the most advanced water park on Earth, is connected to Dreamworld and you can buy a pass which enables you to wander between the two. Go wild on the drop and loop waterslides, mazes, and the biggest funnel slide in Australia.
The Nickelodeon Pipeline Plunge and the Cave of Waves are must-tries for older kids, while little ones are catered for at Wiggle Bay, a shallow section with sprays and water pipes designed for under-sixes.
This theme park also hosts regular after-hours events.
When: Both Dreamworld and WhiteWater World are open every day except Christmas day and ANZAC morning on 25 April. Hours are 10:30am to 4:00pm, though these may be extended in summer so check the website prior to visiting. WhiteWater rides are heated during winter.
Who: It is strongly recommended that children under the age of 14 be accompanied by an adult.
Dreamworld: A one day admission is $74 per adult, and $49 per child. A family ticket (2 adults, 2 children 3-13 y/o) is $221. Children under 3 are free.
WhiteWater World: A one day admission is $46 per adult, and $32 per child. A family ticket (2 adults, 2 children 3-13 y/o) is $133. Children under 3 are free.
World Passes are also available, allowing unimpeded access to both parks. These come in one or two day variations.
(by Tonya Ward)