Family Fun at the Gold Coast: Dreamworld Review
I recently took my son to the Gold Coast, one of his buddies from preschool moved there and he had already been down to see Bub twice so I thought it was about time we repaid the favour.
Plus it was an excuse to catch up with his mum who I am good friends with. Don’t you love that our kids actually decide our social lives as well as everything else!
A trip to the Gold Coast with kids means Theme Parks! Bub had seen the adverts on TV and couldn’t wait to experience them himself.
So crazy me decided to do 3 theme parks in 2 days??!! My friend wasn’t too thrilled either but the boys were and that’s all that matters right?
If you’re looking for fun activities for kids I’ll be reviewing each theme park in 3 different posts so stay tuned!
First up is my Dreamworld review!
Dreamworld – home to the Australian Big Brother house – is the largest theme park in the Gold Coast with over 50 rides and attractions so there is definitely something for everyone.
There are different theme lands within the park including Ocean Parade, DreamWorks Experience, Wiggles World, Gold Rush Country, Rocky Hollow, Tiger Island and the Dreamworld Corroboree so plenty to keep kids entertained for a day and well worth the entrance fee.
You can check out the website prior to see what rides are open.
Dreamworld is a great theme park for children.
There are lots of rides for youngsters to choose from featuring their favourite TV characters and if your kids are over 5 like ours you don’t have to get on = Happy days!
We checked out Giggle and Hoot’s Pirate Ship, Dorothy’s Rosy Teacup Ride and the Bananas in Pyjamas Fun Maze.
You can see how thrilled Bub was above!
Dreamworld is home to seven adult tigers and five cubs, it is truly breathtaking to see them up close. I think I was more excited than the boys!
You can watch the tigers play during the daily Tiger Presentations at 12.00pm and 3.30pm.
The kids were dying to get to the waterpark so we missed this but in hindsight I wish we had made the effort. Bloody kids!
Dreamworld is also the only location in Queensland where guests can feed a tiger. I’m not that brave and was more than happy to savour their beauty from afar – very far!
One of bub’s highlights of the day was seeing a real life Hot Wheels car outside Brock’s Garage which features the world’s largest collection of Peter Brock racing cars and state-of-the-art Supercar racing Simulators.
Unfortunately it wasn’t open on the day we went but seeing Hot Wheels Sidewinder was enough to keep a young boy happy!
It was baking hot and the kids were dying to head to Whitewater World as I mentioned before. This is all they spoke about the whole morning repeatedly and annoyingly so this is where we spent most of our time.
There are lots of different rides for kids of all ages to enjoy and adults if that’s your thing. I personally enjoy lying on a cabana and letting the kids get on with it!
My son and his friend opted for the Pipeline Plunge – they loved it so much I couldn’t get them out of it.
It’s the ultimate playground for kids with an enormous ‘tree fort’ structure featuring four flume slides, fountains and a big water bucket that fills up and tips out water onto unsuspecting kids below. This was a big favourite!
With loungers placed all around you can easily watch the kids and put your feet up with a nice cold drink for hours which is exactly what we did!
My two year old daughter didn’t come but she would have loved Wiggle Bay which has shallow water and lifeguard supervision. At least I know for next time.
All in all it was a great day out and we would definitely go back! Just give me a little time to recover!
I hope you enjoyed my Dreamworld review – make sure you check out my reviews for Seaworld and Movieworld.
For more info on Dreamworld and to book visit www.dreamworld.com.au