Date of visit: August 2012
Dreamworld is a large theme park located on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Roughly 45 minutes drive from Brisbane city. The park is currently the largest in Australia with over 27 rides and 4 roller coasters and it’s also well known to be the home of BIG BROTHER Australia.
Our visit was sponsored by Dreamworld and the following review will give you a good insight to the park and what to expect when visiting.
The parks made up of two areas, Dreamworld which has all the rides/roller coasters, tiger island and Australian wildlife experience. Then you have WhiteWater world next door which as the name suggests, it’s a water park with plenty of water slides and other water activities.
The park opens at 10am daily so we arrived earlier to avoid the queues and to plan out the day ahead. The park has some amazing and jaw dropping rides and none more so then the Giant drop which has the Guinness world record for the tallest vertical free fall/drop in the world.
Recently they added the Buzz saw ride and that’s the first thing you notice when entering the main car parking area. It’s absolutely bonkers and “the highest inversion ride experience in the Southern Hemisphere”. (See video footage below)
We’d advise planning out your day, check times of special events like the Tiger Island feedings or the kiddies shows like Wiggles World/Madagascar.
The first ride we went on was the Rocky Hallow Log Ride (here you travel around the water course that ends with the log plunging down a ramp at 50km speeds). Now I can’t remember whose idea it was to go on this ride first but looking back I’d say you should leave this ride towards the end, unless you have a change of clothes or it’s a hot day in which case they’ll dry in no time. It’s a fun ride and great for the kids but you’re going to get WET. From there we headed to the Australian wildlife experience and stopped by different enclosures reading about the different wildlife from Dingo’s to Koala’s. We also took part in the Sheep Shearing show which takes place at different times throughout the day (an enclosed seating arena where you learn about Sheep Shearing and other wildlife).
Our top five rides were:
· Tower of terror 2 (fires you backwards through a tunnel and 100m in the air, reaching speeds of up to 160km)
· Mick Doohan’s Motocoaster (motor bike roller coaster)
· Rocky Hallow Log Ride (takes you around a water course on board a log)
· Thunder River Rapids (large tyre ride down the rapids, rapids are quite tame and ok for kids)
· Wipeout (A tidal wave simulator, stomach churner and very scary)
There’s other very popular rides that unfortunately we were to chicken to go on, such as The Buzz Saw (absolutely bonkers), The Cyclone (Roller Coaster), The Claw and The Giant Drop. There’s also a scenic steam train that takes you around the park stopping at different rides and areas of the park.
Dreamworld offers a number of dining options from Hot Dog carts to Restaurants but these are quite pricy. Top tip to save some $$$, pack a picnic lunch/ snacks and get a pass out (stamp to leave the park and re enter) to have your lunch by your car.
This area of the park is my personal favourite, here Bengal and Sumatran tigers wander about playing and entertaining visitors. This is also home to the first white tiger born in Australia named Taj, he’s the second largest on the island and one of the 13 tigers in total. Make sure you get a chance to watch the Tiger presentations that occur daily at 12pm and 3.30pm, arrive early to secure a good spot. See our video footage below.
There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained with all the wildlife and Tiger Island and below we’ve listed a few kid /family rides.
· Dorothy’s Rosy Tea Cup Ride
· The Big Red Car Ride (Wiggles)
· Madagascar Madness
· Thunder River Rapids (with adult)
· The fun spot
There’s also Nickelodeon world and different kids tv characters walking around during the day, likes of Dora and Diego etc.
Getting to the park:
The parks located on the Pacific Highway (M1) at Coomera, you can’t miss it if you’re driving towards the Gold Coast from Brisbane and it’s clearly sign posted along the way. You can also get to the park by bus or train.
Bus: Surfside Buslines service the park from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, routes TX1, TX2, TX5 and 725.
Train: Dreamworld is located near Coomera station which is on the main train line between Brisbane city and Robina. Surfside Buslines operates a connecting bus service from Coomera station to the park but I’m not sure how much this costs, it would be great if the park offered a complementary pickup/drop off to Coomera station.
Ticket prices can vary, a single entrance for the day for an adult costs $79.99 and $49.99 for a child. World passes to both parks cost $89.99 (adult) and $69.99 for a child. Click on the following link for more information Dreamworld Ticket Prices
Points to highlight:
You can experience Dreamworld in one day if you plan what you want to do and see, depending on how busy it is. Our advice would be to arrive early and pre book entry tickets in advance to avoid the long queues. Dreamworlds opening hours are 10am to 5pm, aim to arrive by at least 9.30am.
You can purchase early entry tickets for $10 (as of Aug 2012) which allows you access to the park from 9am, if it’s a weekend and during school holidays then I’d say this would be recommended if you want to make the most of your day at the park. You can also purchase the Q4U system for $15, this reserves you a place in the queue so you avoid standing in line **note the Q4U does not work on the Giant Drop so head there first if you want to experience that ride**.
Dreamworld offers something for the whole family and if you find yourself visiting Queensland make sure you include a visit to the theme parks.
Enjoy Dreamworld and if you have any questions please feel free to post a comment below.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Overall rating destination: 5 out of 5