The Newman family has opened the creaky doors to their Haunted House. Those brave enough, can make their way through a purpose-built five-storey building, each level presenting a chilling theme.
Be amazed, and maybe a little bit scared, by optical illusions, horror displays, animated sculptures, endless labyrinths of haunted passages and state-of-the-art special effects. There are dare doors, leaping monsters, giant spiders and creepy ghosts.
To add to the fun, there are tongue-in-cheek local themes. Guests of the Haunted House are greeted by the Mayor of the Gold Coast Underworld before encountering Zombie Meter Maids, the shark-savaged surf lifesaver, a massive funnel web spider. They also experience the terror of a white pointer shark attack.
Other levels feature the Carnival of Freaks Museum where guest wander at their own pace and experience weird and hysterical collections of horror memorabilia, optical illusions and other oddities.
Also there to amuse and maybe scare the pants off you are the Vampire Lair, Mirror Maze and Phobia Level.
Just across town is Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant. Dress is strictly smart casual or Gothic.
It's fun from the second you arrive. There is a ghost train ride, library with sliding bookcase, Houdini Magic Room with an animated fortune teller and a smoking parlour with animated skeletons.
The cocktail lounge has glass coffins set in the floor and a spitting spider. There is an electric chair, hanging corpse, the ghost in the mirror and living suits of armour. Discover secret passages and have a hit in the oxygen bar. There is even a Shop of Horrors souvenir store.
Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant offers a quality three-course meal with a choice of five main courses. It is fully licensed and the Graveyard Cocktail Lounge offers an extensive range of exotic drinks.
Queensland's Gold Coast
Dracula's Haunted House entry is $23 for adults and $19 for children. Open every day from 10am until late.
Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant two-hour live cabaret, including three-course dinner, is from $67 per person. Arrive between 6pm and 6:30pm. Vegetarians are catered for and it is recommended patrons are 13 years and over. There is also one in Melbourne.
For further information
Dracula's Haunted House
3177 Surfers Paradise Boulevard
Surfers Paradise 4217
Ph: (07) 5592 5534
Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant
1 Hooker Boulevard
Ph: (07) 5575 1000
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