A Stress-Free Guide to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast

A Stress-Free Guide to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast

Wednesday February 10th, 2016

Dreamworld is one of the most popular attractions in Queensland that lots of people all across Australia and the world come to the Gold Coast to enjoy. This theme park has it all! With rides for the thrill-seeking teenager to enjoyable experiences for young children and adults alike, Dreamworld offers a great day or two out for the whole family. It’s also a great place for friends to come together and make a day of enjoying rides, food, and good times.
For those who are unfamiliar with Dreamworld, the Gold Coast, and what they should be expecting when going to this epic theme park, we’ve created a guide that will help make your trip to Dreamworld a simple and easy one.

What to wear

One of the first things you should consider is what you’ll be wearing. It may seem obvious, but being comfortable needs to be your main goal here. If high heels are normally your footwear of choice, then you’ll need to leave them behind when you visit Dreamworld. Choose comfortable sports shoes that are covered, and that you’ll be able to walk in all day. Don’t forget to also choose socks that fit correctly, as well, so that you don’t have to constantly be pulling your socks up from under your feet. There’ll be lots of walking involved at Dreamworld, so be comfortable.

As well as what’s on your feet, make sure to wear clothing that won’t get you sunburnt. It may be ideal to wear a singlet, especially in the summer heat, however you don’t want to get uncomfortably sore from sunburn at the end of the day. Be sure to wear sunscreen, and if possible, a hat. Having a bag such a backpack will also help you to keep your belongings safe, and you can bring sunscreen with you if you need to reapply some during the day. There are lockers available for hire, so if you really don’t want to carry everything around with you, you can always keep them safely stored throughout the day.

How to get there

There are a number of easy ways to get to Dreamworld. If you choose, you can use your own vehicle. However if you don’t wish to drive, there are some public transport options instead.

  • By car from Surfers Paradise (20 mins)

If you’re already at Surfers Paradise, head to Smith Street at Southport and access the Pacific Highway. Follow along the highway until you get to the Coomera exit (Exit 54). Take the exit and follow the signs to get to Dreamworld.

  • By bus

Dreamworld is an official bus stop for services between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The easiest way to know when a bus will be available and where to find the bus stop is to head to the Journey Planner to determine the bus times. If travelling from Surfers Paradise to Dreamworld, the TX3 bus leaves approximately every 10  minutes and takes approximately 20 minutes to get to Dreamworld.

  • By train

Coomera Station is located close to Dreamworld. Depending on your accommodation, the train may be a great option for you to choose when getting to Dreamworld. Again, use the Journey Planner to find the times that work for you.

Top adult attractions

Dreamworld isn’t just for kids! There are plenty of rides and attractions that adults will enjoy, too. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Tiger Island

If you love animals, especially the wild and fascinating tigers, then you must go and see Tiger Island. Whether you just want to take a look at them playing and relaxing, or you want a full VIP experience with them, you can get it here. Daily shows, which are mentally and physically stimulating for the tigers, run at 12pm and 3:30pm. You can see them in action, as well as learn a lot about tigers from a presentation run by the staff. If you really want to get up close and personal, you can’t go past the various VIP options Dreamworld has on offer. Choose between a walk with a tiger, a tiger feeding session, a tiger photo session, or a VIP tiger club experience. These experiences are at various differing prices, but are certainly a once in a lifetime experience.

  • Motorsports Experience

If you’re a bit of a rev head, you need to go to the Motorsports Experience. Not only does it feature the world’s first Hot Wheels themed rollercoaster, but you can also look through the world’s largest collection of Peter Brock racing cars. Take a look through the motor legend’s history at some original and replica vehicles driven by Peter Brock himself. If you want to challenge your friends, take them on in one of the six V8 Supercar RedLine simulators, which feature some of the most popular V8 racing tracks.

Top attractions for kids

There’s so much for the kids to enjoy here, but some of the stand out experiences include:

  • Madagascar Live!

King Julien’s Theatre in the Wild features all of the beloved characters from the famous Madagascar movies, such as King Julien, Alex, Gloria, and the Penguins. A 20 minute show is available for all to enjoy, and the show is included in the entry price to the theme park, so there’s no extra fees involved. After the show you also have the opportunity to get your photo taken with your favourite stars.

  • ABC Kids World

One of the newest attractions to Dreamworld is ABC Kids World. All of your favourite ABC Kids characteristics come to life here, including Giggle and Hoot, the Wiggles, Play School, and Bananas in Pyjamas. As well as this, Wiggles World offers some great attractions for younger kids. Dorothy’s Rosy Tea Cup Ride is a twist on the traditional teacup ride, made for just the little ones. Kids under 4 will require a parent to ride with them, and all will surely enjoy the thrill of a teacup ride.

What to eat

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite on your way to the next ride, or whether you want to have a nice sit-down meal with the whole family, you can do all of these things on your epic day out at Dreamworld. There are some great kerbside options, such as Kerby the kerb-side Mexican truck that moves location around the park and offers you the chance to get a quick feed of some great tasting Mexican style foods.

The Sandwich Shop offers something a little more substantial with made-to-order sandwiches or quick, on-the-go salads, rolls, and sushi – you’ll be sure to get a quick, fresh, and healthy meal here. If you’re looking for a bit of a bigger stop, head to Grid Burgers and Sports Bar. Overlooking Peter Brock’s cars in the Motorsports Experience area, you can dine in and fill up on New York style bites and sliders. Here you can find gourmet burgers and craft beers, and the place also doubles as a great venue for corporate events should

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