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Theme Parks in Australia - Sea World, Dreamworld, Movie World and more

Whether you are 12 or 52 years old, you are never too old to take a trip down to a theme park and have some fun. Get friends and family together and spend a day or two at one of Australia's famous and fun theme parks.   Parks are located in all regions of the country so you can find excitement wherever you live or holiday. Here are some of the top Australian theme parks to visit:

Queensland

A visit to Queensland is incomplete unless you visit at least one of its several theme parks. Three parks, close together, are all owned by Warner Brothers; Sea World, Movie World and Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World. The popularity of Warner Brothers’ venues throughout the world, bases on the cleanliness of its properties and a reputation for value in family enjoyment.

Seaworld - Aquatic wildlife is the star attraction at Seaworld. Up-close viewing of sharks, polar bears,  trained dolphins and sea lions dugong, seals, and a variety of Australian sea living creatures make for an unforgettable experience.  Smaller visitors will love taking a break now and then from the marine life exhibits by enjoying themselves on some of the rides just for them. A visit to Sesame Street Beach includes Oscar's Sweep the Beach, Elmo's Sea and Subs, the Big Bird Bounce and the Cookie Monster Cup Carousel. Other rides for young visitors include Sea World Eye, the Grand Central Train Tour and, of course, the Carousel. Older, more adventurous visitors can enjoy the Jet Rescue Ride, Vikings Revenge Flume Ride, the thrilling Corkscrew Roller coaster, a visit to the mysterious Bermuda Triangle.  However, without question, the main reason for a visit to Seaworld is to see the live marine animal performances.

Movie World - If you’re a movie buff, Warner Brothers’ Movie World is for you! A trip to Movie World is a trip to movie lovers’ heaven. Once you enter the park, it is likely that you will meet up with some famous faces. Strolling through the street of Movie World you just might get to have your picture taken chatting with Marilyn Monroe, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, or other famous characters from movies and comic strips. All true movie buffs interested in the making of films should check out this park. In addition, there are movie-related shows and rides that round out the Movie World theme park experience.

Wet 'n' Wild - Also owned by Warner Brothers, Wet 'n' Wild is Australia's number one theme park, and the eighth most popular theme park in the world. Open year round, all the water attractions and rides are heated for comfort in winter. It’s not possible to single out which ride or attraction is the most fun; however, most agree that the best are: 

  • Flowrider
  • Aqualoop
  • River Rapids
  • Super 8 Aqua Racer

Dreamworld - This is Australia's largest theme park. It is made up of several themed “lands” that include: Ocean Parade, Kid's World, Wiggle World, Gold Rush Country, Rocky Hollow, Tiger Island and the Australian Wildlife Experience. Within the park are 27 rides, four of which are exciting roller coasters. There also animal exhibits and shows to catch in each Land of the park. If you have set aside a weekend for the theme parks in Queensland, families can be confident about getting great deals on accommodations; there are many value hotels in the area that are family oriented, clean and offer amenities for the everyone to enjoy their stay.

 

Melbourne

Luna Park - Luna Park in Melbourne is a wonderful place for families to visit. Most of its charm comes from its age. The park has been open since 1912 and has operated continuously, closing only during World War I. During World War II, the park remained open but operated following blackout protocols. The original roller coaster is now running strong after a full restoration. Visitors to the park enter through a clown mouth.  Luna Park is located in the St. Kilda Beach district of Melbourne. In this area, you’ll find shops and a variety of restaurants to enjoy, not to mention, one of Melbourne's most popular and picturesque beaches that calls to locals and tourists alike. The district's retailers offer a wide choice of shopping and the restaurants are great, making it the perfect place to visit after a day at Luna Park!  There are a number of cheap hotels to choose from in Melbourne and many of them offer exceptional amenities at very affordable prices. 

Perth

Adventureland - Perth's answer to amusement parks. Loaded with rides and attractions, there is something for everyone at this famous park. Whether riding with or without the kids, there is something for everyone. Of course, there are thrill rides that appeal to those who enjoy the 'extreme'. As the capital city of Western Australia, Perth is filled with cultural destinations, restaurants, nightlife, and relatively cheap hotels for families to stay in. Australia has a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from. Amusement parks reflect the fun in the Australian lifestyle and permeate the Australian land from the outback to its highly cultured cities. Come and enjoy it all!

This guest post was written and provided by Erica Gustafson who is a freelance writer and consultant for Expedia. She loves theme parks and has been to Sea World in the United States too!

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