I love staying on the gold coast we have stayed at treasure island in the pandanus room and they are awesome. Enough room and TWO BATHROOMS.
the playground and jumping pillow is right in front of the restaurant deck can sit back with a cocktail and relax while the kids have fun.the best bit is you can easily spend a whole day just at the park leisurely enjoying all of its activities.
Its in a great location, easy to get to everything.
sea world is a great day out.
Movie world is a waste of money.
I thought the outback spectacular was over priced. It was a good show but I couldn't stop thinking about the cost!!
I think it's broad beach that has a great playground and free water playground. They also had free things on, most weekends.
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28-06-2014 22:37 #11Senior Member
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28-06-2014 22:46 #12
I think it depends on personal preference. We went to movie world and sea world and we loved movie world. It was so so much better than sea world. We actually went back after the first day and spent a whole other day there. Kids got lots of photos with the characters, they're very friendly and approachable. There's a little kids section which my older two (6y and 4y) loved. They can go on a roller coaster, dodgem cars, carousel, there's a little water play area and a few other little kid rides. They loved the parades and the Hollywood stunt driving.
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28-06-2014 22:53 #13
When we went,
Movie world was a big waste of time and money for us with a 6 and a 2 year old.
Dreamworld/white water world was the best by far. Seaworld was good for the little ones as well.
We took a drive to Brisbane and went to the Goma and roamed the city. I really enjoyed that too.
29-06-2014 00:07 #14
V @sara-jayne I don't have kids but being local I just thought I would add...
Movie world does have a kids section and kid friendly rides. I've been there with my aunt and uncle and 3 of their kids and they loved it. Mum spent about half an hour on the carousel with the youngest while the rest of us went on some of the rides. She struggled to get Miss 3 off without tears! Plus there are the looney tunes characters/ marvel characters and the parade which most kids love. If you do go, the stunt cars are a must. The shows there are definitely worth it with kids.
Dreamworld is great too. Not only do they have some kids areas such as wiggles world, they have tiger island, the wildlife sanctuary and the IMAX theatre. Rides wise I'm not totally up on what they have for kids these days as the last time I went with kids, wiggles world had not long opened. Definitely has more rides that are family friendly, although I'm not sure how many the 2yo would be allowed on. I guess you and DH could take turns between rides so you don't miss out There's also the big brother house if you're into that. The lolly shop and ice creamery are a definite must - even today I still make a stop there for lollies and an ice cream
Sea world I haven't been to for 17 years so I can't say too much. But my cousin took her kids there a year or so ago when her youngest was just a baby and loved it. There's so much more to see there in terms of shows and exhibits I think.
Australian Outback Spectacular is pretty good. It's definitely family friendly. I went at Christmas for the first time and it was great. A friend and I went there for a night out as our Christmas present to each other and we felt the odd ones out as we weren't with a family.
If you're looking for a day trip, head up to O'Reilleys in the Lamington National Park. You can feed the lorikeets and there are a few walks you can do, including the treetop walk, which we always loved as kids). It's basically inland from the coast, so it wouldn't be a long drive and it's very pretty up there. Springbrook national park is close to the border of QLD and NSW and they also have some nice walks with waterfalls, plus you can do an evening walk and see the glow worms - something the kids might love to see.
On the water, there is a group called "Aqua duck" which is basically a cross between a bus and a boat. It drives on land then into the water and they take you in a boat ride. I've never been on it, but my cousin and his wife took their little one on it a few years back (he was about 2-3) and he loved it.
With 5 kids and 2 parents I would definitely stay away from the water parks. Definitely sounds too hard! If you're thinking theme parks, you can get a "3 park pass" which covers entry to movie world, sea world, wet n wild, and I think even the Australian outback spectacular (they're all owned by the same group). If you have membership through RACQ/RACV/RAA etc you can get these cheaper too. I hope this helps.
Theme park tip: if you can, take lunch and water bottles. The food prices are exorbitant and mostly fried foods. Wiggles world at Dreamworld sells sandwiches and more family friendly options, but still a rip off.
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