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David starts at Sea World.
David starts at Sea World.
Batman's car at Movie World.
Wet'n'Wild theme park.

Gold Coast theme parks

Thursday, December 19, 2002
David is let loose in kiddie heaven and puts Queensland fun parks to the ultimate test.

It seems everyone who goes to the Gold Coast wants to visit its three theme parks — Sea World, Movie World and Wet'n'Wild. Adults say they only go because the kids want to go, and the kids say they go because they are educational — and they are — so everyone's a winner!

The people who run the parks have put out a Three Park Super Pass, which will get you into the three big ones. It is available through all motoring associations, travel agents and online at any of their websites.

The 26 hectares of Sea World opened in 1971 and over a million people visit each year. It has an amazing array of attractions — dolphins, sea lions, sharks, penguins, pelicans and the latest drawcard, "Polar Bear Shores" with Ping Ping and Kanook. The huge beasts reside in a $6 million facility replicating Canada's Hudson Bay, which has summer temperatures between 12 degrees Celsius and 22 degrees Celsius, so Ping Ping and Kanook are very much at home on the Gold Coast.

There is a ski challenge, monorail, rollercoaster, Bermuda Triangle adventure ride, Vikings flume ride, a 3D pirate presentation, pools, water slides and an aquarium. There are plenty of places to eat and shop, and for an extra cost, you can fly in a helicopter, parasail or join in a dolphin interaction program.

Nine million visitors have passed through Movie World's gates since they opened in 1991. The three-way Warner Bros, Village Roadshow and Sea World Property Trust employs 800 people, and the newest attraction is Road Runner Rollercoaster. The skyrocket coaster train starts with Wile E Coyote at the ACME Fireworks Factory station and twists and turns, ups and downs on its exciting journey through the Arizona desert.

The Lethal Weapon roller coaster rolls, spins and loops and actually suspends — the only ride in the southern hemisphere to do that. Other rides are the Batman Adventure, Wild Wild West, The Maverick Show with stunts and special effects and Looney Tunes Musical Revue. You can have some fun at the Police Academy Stunt Show and see some classic out-takes and bloopers.

Warner Roadshow Movie World Studios are next door and over the past ten years, have been home to an amazing amount of Australian filmmaking, including 18 feature films, 20 telemovies, 16 television series and three mini series.

Wet'n'Wild opened in 1984 and to keep people comfortable, the water is kept at 26 degrees Celsius year round. Whitewater Mountain is the park's most popular ride. It is made up of tandem tube raft slides, with Terror Canyon recently being added. There is also Speed Coaster, an enormous wave pool, a tandem toboggan slide called Double Screamer, four whitewater flumes twisting down 150m, the 360° Twister, Buccaneer Bay and Dive-In Movies. Mammoth Falls is new and has an 80m plunge over three humps. All rides are supervised by fully qualified lifesavers.


Queensland's Gold Coast.


Sea World, Movie World and Wet'n'Wild Three Park Super Pass costs $141 for adults and $91 for children. The parks are open year round.
Sea World and Movie World Entry is $54 for adults and $35 for children to each park.
Wet'n'Wild Entry is $33 for adults and $21 for children.
Please note prices are valid until November 2002 only, and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Sea World
Sea World Drive, Main Beach, Queensland 4217
Ph: (07) 5588 2222 Fax: (07) 5591 1056
Movie World
Pacific Highway, Oxenford, Queensland, 4210
Ph: (07) 5573 3999 Fax: (07) 5573 3666
Wet'n'Wild Water World
Pacific Highway, Oxenford, Queensland 4210
Ph: (07) 5573 2255 Fax: (07) 5529 7055

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