Last week we shared with you how to have a relaxing time at the Theme Park Capital of Australia.
This week it’s all about getting your family thrills on. It’s what many people plan a trip to the Gold Coast for.
Here are a few of our favourites, plus a couple of extra experiences that are sure to squeeze your G-force screams out into the Universe.
Movie World is not just about street entertainment and stunt shows.
There are a lot of rides guaranteed to put your hairs on end. We missed the opening of the Green Lantern by a week when we were last at Movie World. I was disappointed as the thrillometer on this one is high. The Green Lantern has the steepest inverted drop in the Southern Hemisphere. Oh yeah! Hands in the air.
Arkham Asylum Coaster will have you racing around at 85 km/hr speed and 4.2 G’s on five inversions! Superman Escape is the most powerful coast Movie World has. This speed demon takes you from 0 to 100 km/hr in 2 seconds.
There is no need for the little uns to miss out, the Road Runner Rollercoaster in the Kids’ WB Fun Zone can be pretty scary. The Gold Coast has thrills for all ages!
Who doesn’t like a laser skirmish? The latest edition to Dreamworld is Zombie Evilution – the Battle for Kevil Hill. It’s for those who love serious fun. Those who enter will go into combat in the town of Kevil Hill. The only question is are you going to be a Zombie or a soldier?
Once you’ve finished taking down your brother and sisters, you’ve got the Big 8 Thrill Rides to go crazy on. If parents have to tag team because they have young kids, we highly suggest you get a fast pass, so you can skip through the queues.
Our hot tip is to head straight to The Giant Drop. It’s a slower loading ride so the queues are always long. (I’m still yet to entice Craig on this one with me).
My personal favourite is the Tower of Terror. Despite the intensity of my screams on my first try, I raced back to the line for a second go. The Claw and Wipeout are too extremely fun rides that will have you screaming and laughing at the same time.
The latest ride addition to Sea World is Storm Coaster, a thrilling roller coaster ride featuring amazing water and fire effects. I’m pretty keen to see what Storm Coaster looks like in action.
Very fitting with the Jet Stunt Show, is the Jet Rescue ride, a coaster pulling 2.5G’s and 70km/hr speeds, and even includes a race through a dark cave.
The Sea Viper is an inverted coaster giving you thrills through a triple loop-the-loop.
The Viking Revenge Flume is a great thrill ride for the younger kids. Kalyra’s face as we tipped over the edge for the final splash down was priceless.
Don’t forget to check out the Sea World Resort for accommodation!
I think everyone has to experience a ride that is named Wedgie – how to sum up speed with one word! I just hope it’s a no instagram allowed zone. Or better yet, wear board shorts to keep it all private.
This 5 story plunge slide has Australia’s only human half coil 17 m vertical drop 0-45k in 2 secs. Now do you see why your cozzies will ride up your butt when you land? Now you can boldly claim you’ve been Wedgied by WhiteWater World. Sounds like the ultimate water slide.
The Super Tubes HydroCoaster is an intense roller coaster on water. Riders sit one behind the other in a rocket raft and are blasted from an 18 metre tower down the 236 metre and 28 second track filled with turns and drops and high speeds.
I’ve always wanted to enter the Green Room, but baring no surfing skills it was something never going to happen until WhiteWater World, created this funnel ride. The Green Room puts you inside the tube as you accelerate from a 75 to a 15 metre funnel before dropping out.
It’s been a few years since I was last at Wet’n’Wild but I remember it as a day spent laughing a lot and recounting waterslide thrills with family. There are plenty of rides here to get your thrill on.
The Black Hole, as the name suggests, sends you spiralling into the tube slides in the dark. I LOVE a blind water slide.
A 2 person tubed, u-Shaped slide, the Kamikaze will have you plunging down a vertical 11 metre drop and reaching speeds up to 50km/hr. Hold on tight!
The tornado slide looks like mad fun. You blast down into a 40 metre log tunnel, spinning around the Tornado funnel in a 4 person tube. That’s the stuff family memories are made of!
Moving away from the theme park area to the beach, is the SkyPoint Observation deck located on the most iconic residential tower, Q1, in Surfer’s Paradise.
So if you’re a little afraid of heights, maybe this one is not for you. I get the heeby-jeebies whenever I look at a picture of it. I’m keen to work up the bravery to check it off the Gold Coast list.
The Q1 building is the 25th highest in the world, taller than the Chrysler Building in New York. You can visit the deck and enjoy the views behind glass windows, maybe with an ice cold drink. Or, you can take yourself outside the building, 270 meters above sea level and enjoy the 360 degree views (with a sheer vertical drop).
SkyPoint Climb is Australia’s highest external building climb. Thrill seekers will be happy to know you can walk along the edge of the 298 stairs and the climb experience lasts for 90 minutes. I think you’ll need that drink in the Observation Deck after.
For more information about each park and to plan your holiday to the Gold Coast visit themeparkcapital.com.au.