Gold Coast Theme Parks and Theme Parks on the Sunshine Coast are the type of activity that will bring amazing memories for Brisbane Kids, and for many Brisbane parents.
Our advice with any theme park is to arrive early, with an esky full of cold drinks and snacky food and if you are on a strict budget bring your own lunch. We also suggest checking our our discount theme park tickets page for some awesome deals.
Theme Parks in South East Queensland
It’s Rides Unlimited at Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast with over 30 rides and attractions for the young and the young at heart including water ride Plunge, water play area Leak’n Logs, thrill ride Redback, Giant Slide, Wild Mouse Rollercoaster, Dodgems, Mini Golf, Ferris Wheel, Bizzy Buggies, the classic Swinging Ship and Octopus ride.
There is plenty for the little kids too with the Tin Lids Tea Party ride, the Carousel, Tykes Trolley, and everyone’s favourite, Side Show Alley. Buy a ticket today and enjoy unlimited rides for the one all-inclusive price. And with shorter queuing times you get to ride your favourite ride as often as you like!
Cruise into the Café for snacks or lunch, an ice cream or drink and don’t forget to grab an awesome souvenir show bag from the Retail Shop.
Aussie World is open every day from 9am to 5pm, rides start at 10am. Closed Christmas Day 25 December, open 1:.30pm to 8pm Anzac Day 25 April.
Right next door is Australia’s most photographed pub, the iconic Ettamogah Pub with its quirky shape, humorous memorabilia and signature lunch and dinner menus featuring a mouth-watering range of grilled steaks. There are plenty of retail experiences on-site as well so be sure to look around. You should also check out our review of Aussie World
Located on the Sunshine Coast.
Australian Outback Spectacular
Australian Outback Spectacular features an evening dinner show presented by R.M Williams filled with Outback music, drama and action! Features Australian animals and noises. Bookings essential.
Located at Helensvale, on the Gold Coast.
Dream World Theme Park
Dreamworld is the original theme park for kids with roller coasters, the giant drop and tons of thrill rides, family rides and kids rides. In addition they also boast being home to the white lions and a range of other Australian animals. Their park also features some water park rides, wiggle world, laser spectacular shows and more- this will be a full day for any Brisbane Kid.
Located on the Gold Coast.
Whitewater World is the water park for Dreamworld, and is especially good for younger Brisbane Kids given its range of age appropriate activities. Rides include the wedgie, the bro, the green room, super tubes, the rip, the little rippers and the temple of huey. In addition they feature wiggle bay, cave of waves, pipeline plunge, surf school and even night time programs.
Located at the Gold Coast in front of Dreamworld.
The Ginger Factory
Still going strong after 40 years, the Ginger Factory has recently undergone some improvements, and now offers a great morning or afternoon for Brisbane Kids (and parents) with a number of rides and attractions sprawling over a nine hectare site. Take a tour of the factory, watch one of the informative Super Bee talks, or tour the grounds on the train – there are plenty of options for a quality family outing. Coupled with the variety of shops and licensed cafe, you can really make a day of it at the Ginger Factory! Check out our full review.
Located at Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.
Seaworld is a favourite Gold Coast theme park filled with marine life wonders! Rides include Jet rescue, Sea Viper, Sesame Street Beach, Sky High Skyway, Seaworld Monorail, Vikings Revenge Flume Ride, Bermuda Triangle, Water Park. The latest animals include- A dolphin calf, baby seal and a baby carpet shark as well as the main attractions being the polar bears. Seaworld can also organise cruises, helicopter rides and whale watching experiences.
Located towards The Spit on the Gold Coast.
Thunderbird Park features Thunder-egg fossicking and is an adventure park for kids.
Located at Mount Tamborine and includes camping facilities.
Warner Bros Movie World Theme park
Movie World – a Gold Coast movie based theme park where everyone’s a STAR! Visit here for the best live stunt shows, live musical spectaculars, family fun zone and awesome rides. There’s a Hollywood theme to Movie World, with the Green Lantern roller coaster, Superman Escape ride and the Justice League 3D ride. For younger family members, you’ll find a whole section dedicated to mini-fun in the Kids’ WB Fun Zone. Find out why we think Movie World is a great theme park for toddlers.
Located at Helensvale.
Wet’n’Wild is the ultimate in water fun for adults and kids alike. This is the original with its amazing array of waterslides, tyre rides, wave pools, kids rides and much more. A full day will be had with your Brisbane Kid. Offers movie night screenings in the wave pool. Read our review of the newer features for younger children at Wet’n’Wild Junior.
Located at Helensvale, on the Gold Coast.