Australia's biggest theme park has stomach-churning thrill rides (with names like The Giant Drop and The Claw), whiz-bang multi-sensory rides (such as the Sky Voyager), an excellent Corroboree section featuring Aboriginal cultural displays and lots of native critters, plus Wiggles World and the DreamWorks Experience, both for younger kids. Other attractions include Tiger Island, showcasing Sumatran and white tigers. All passes give you entry to both Dreamworld and neighbouring WhiteWater World.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Gold Coast attractions

1. WhiteWater World

0.09 MILES

This water park, next door to Dreamworld, features the Cave of Waves, Pipeline Plunge and numerous other water activities and slides. Bring coins for the…

2. Warner Bros Movie World

3.02 MILES

Movie-themed shows, rides and attractions, including the DC Rivals Hypercoaster, Batwing Spaceshot, Justice League 3D Ride and Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster…

3. Paradise Country

3.49 MILES

Younger kids love this 'Aussie Farm Experience', which features native animals (koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes) alongside farm…

4. Wet'n'Wild

3.54 MILES

The ultimate water slide here is the Kamikaze, where you plunge down an 11m drop in a two-person tube at 50km/h. This vast water park also has pitch-black…

5. Tamborine National Park

7.25 MILES

Queensland’s oldest national park comprises 13 sections stretching across an 8km plateau. Pick up a map at the information centre in North Tamborine for…

6. Broadwater Parklands

9.85 MILES

Hugging the water's edge on the Southport side of the Broadwater estuary, this large park features free barbecues, beach volleyball, a swimming pontoon,…

7. Main Beach Pavilion

10.34 MILES

The lovely but somewhat shabby Spanish Mission–style Pavilion (1934) is a remnant from pre-boom days. Inside there's a cafe, toilets and changing rooms,…

8. Budds Beach

11.2 MILES

Budds Beach is the narrow, riverside beach on Surfers Paradise's Nerang River. It's great for kids and beginner stand-up paddleboarders.