Swim­ming with sea crea­tures

Holiday with Kids - - Gold Coast, Qld -

The Gold Coast has been a sub­trop­i­cal sta­ple in fam­ily hol­i­days for gen­er­a­tions. It seems that af­ter ev­ery ma­jor school hol­i­day break, kids come back with show-and-tell sto­ries about the shim­mer­ing waves at Surfers Par­adise, swim­ming with the friendly dol­phins at Sea World, and get­ting close to Hol­ly­wood at Warner Bros. Movie World. Dis­cover why fam­i­lies keep go­ing back to the same des­ti­na­tion we know and love.

A touch of Hol­ly­wood movie magic

No other park could bring movie magic to life the way Warner Bros. Movie World does. Cater­ing for all ages, a day at the park is not com­plete with­out ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a roller­coaster of emo­tions – as well as the roller­coast­ers them­selves. Older kids can get an adrenaline rush in the new world of vir­tual in­san­ity at Arkham Asy­lum. The ride uses 360-de­gree vir­tual re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy, which is synced per­fectly to the move­ments of the roller­coaster. For lit­tle ones, the Kids’ WB! Fun Zone is the per­fect place to laugh along with much-loved Warner Bros. char­ac­ters. Make them feel like the belle of the ball with the Prince and Princess of the Parade ini­tia­tive. Avail­able for kids aged four to 10, the ‘Prince’ or ‘Princess’ are crowned with their own daz­zling crown, and be­come part of the Star Parade. Only two kids are al­lowed per day, so book­ing in ad­vance is es­sen­tial. Sea World takes the best bits of ev­ery aquatic ad­ven­ture and puts them on land. Fam­i­lies can swim with the friendly dol­phins in the Dol­phin Fam­ily Ad­ven­ture pro­gramme, avail­able for ages five and above. Tod­dlers can’t be left out of the fun when they visit Nick­elodeon Land, or sing along in fam­ily shows fea­tur­ing favourites Dora and SpongeBob. Clas­sics such as Cast­away Bay and Storm Coaster are the ex­cit­ingly en­ter­tain­ing answers to keep the older kids oc­cu­pied, and let’s not for­get Shark Bay, the Gold Coast’s very own Great Bar­rier Reef. See sharks and other bot­tom- dwellers up close and per­sonal in the man-made la­goon.

Get­ting Wet‘n’Wild

Wet‘n’Wild Gold Coast is the master of splash with Ca­lypso Beach and the Gi­ant Wave Pool as its epic cen­tre. Soar above ev­ery­one on the Sky Coaster; def­i­nitely not for the faint-hearted, it sus­pends those will­ing 50 me­tres up in the air, and cat­a­pults them across the mas­sive park. For those that pre­fer to have their feet firmly planted on the ground, Wet‘n’Wild Ju­nior is the fam­ily fun al­ter­na­tive for water ad­ven­tures. De­signed es­pe­cially for kids, it fea­tures kid-friendly at­trac­tions in­clud­ing Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild are part of the VIP Magic Pass, which is avail­able on­line from $99. Dream­world of­fers an An­nual Pass that is valid for 12 months, start­ing at $109. Chil­dren un­der three are free.


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