Dreamworld is famous for its big thrill rides and adrenaline-filled big-kid fun. But did you know that it’s also a great place for families with little ones? (Yup, even the really little ones!). Here’s our guide to Dreamworld for families.
We took our little explorers along to Dreamworld to check out everything this popular theme park has to offer for its tinier guests.
ABC Kids World and Wiggles World
After the obligatory photo at the globe on arrival, ABC Kids World and Wiggles World has to be the first destination for those with kids under six years old. With heaps of pint-sized rides – from the Big Red Car, to the Giggle and Hoot Pirate Ship – there is gentle fun for everyone. For those that just love to play, check out ABC Kids World Funspot – an interactive and colourful activity centre full of toys and games. Or for a little light entertainment, you can dance along with some of your favourite Wiggles characters at the Wiggly Friends Show (check showtimes brochure for times).
Mild thrill rides and experiences
For those feeling a little braver, head along to the DreamWorks Experience area where you’ll find stacks of fun for those ready for a little excitement. The Escape from Madagascar family-friendly coaster is a perfect introduction to rollercoasters for primary-aged kids (and scaredy-cat parents!). Or jump onto Gingy’s Glider to fly amongst the lollipops. The Donkey Flyers are fun for little riders, and the older kids might be brave enough for the Pandamonium. (Warning, this ride comes in two levels, so make sure you choose the SOFT style, not the HARD style queue!)
There is also a really fun Jungle Gym for the kids to play on, with foam fountains, air cannons and look out towers. And of course, no theme park is complete without the bumper cars. The Skiddoosh Bumper Cars at Dreamworld are festival dragon cars that dodge, dart and race, and are heaps of fun for the whole family.
Need a rest? Stop at the DreamWorks Animation Madagascar Live Show, for some fun and entertainment. (Check showtimes brochure for times.)
However, our favourite family-friendly ride at Dreamworld has to be the new Sky Voyager. We went back and did this one three times, and the kids still wanted to do it again! The first of it’s kind in the Southern Hemisphere, this extrasensory flying experience features modern state-of-the-art technology combining motion-programmed seating and special effects such as wind, sound, light, mist and scents, while suspended in front of a giant dome screen. Soar through 12 regions across Australia, as you sit together safely buckled into your gondola. For ages 4+, minimum height 100cm.
As well as the excitement of the rides and shows, one of our favourite parts of Dreamworld is Corroboree. Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, culture, wildlife and stories, Dreamworld Corroboree is a unique place to explore and gain an appreciation for our land, ancestors, people and native animals. There’s heaps of animals to meet and fun activities for the kids to get involved in. Learn the ancient craft of fire making, have your face painted, get up close to the native kangaroos, crocodiles and koalas. You can cuddle a koala, enjoy a croc talk and wander through the aviary. Don’t miss the screening of the Creation Story of the Gold Coast in the Corroboree Theatre. You can even take part in a traditional corroboree through a virtual reality experience!
With one of Australia’s largest koala collection, the team at Dreamworld work very hard behind the scenes, protecting and caring for these special creatures. Did you know they have their own vet on site? They even have their own gum tree plantation at Dreamworld and dedicated team to harvest the gum leaves daily, to feed them all!
Tiger Island makes it possible to come face-to-face with the jungle’s most fearsome predator. The viewing areas and Up Close viewing tunnels, which the kids can crawl through, bring you mere centimetres from the tigers. See them gracefully slide underwater and be amazed at their brute strength at feeding time. Don’t miss the Tiger Presentation where you can watch the tigers jumping, climbing and swimming – all natural activities in the wild.
As part of the conservation work with Dreamworld Foundation (DWF), the tigers at Dreamworld are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild, as they work towards protecting the species.
Like most families, we have a very fussy little eater, which can make days out very challenging. Thankfully, the Dreamworld food court has a good variety of food options for everyone. They have the typical kids meals of nuggets and chips for those that won’t eat anything else. Or try the Dough Bros pizza, which has a selection of tried and trusted toppings. For a healthier option, try the sandwich bar, where you can get salads and freshly-made sandwiches to suit everyone.
If you are planning on visiting Whitewater World, there are drinks and ice creams for sale inside the waterpark, but there isn’t a great choice of food available, so eat at Dreamworld first or take a packed lunch for fussy ones. Note, you can’t take in glassware.
Whitewater World is the perfect place to cool off after a busy day at Dreamworld. However, with so much to offer families, it is well worth dedicating an entire day to this fun water park if you have the time.
For the tiny ones, head to Wiggle Bay, with mini slides, interactive sprays, colourful water cannons and giant instruments. The huge Pipeline Plunge is great for kids ages 4-10. They can spend hours on the waterslides, playing in the fountains and (for the braver ones), standing under the giant bucket of water every time it tips out.
For the older kids, there are several mid-thrill slides suitable. The BRO (Blue Ringed Octopus) and the Fully 6 were both very popular with the 10+ year olds, and the SuperTube HydroCoaster was a great family ride.
There are plenty of sun loungers around the edges of the pools to make a base for the day, and lockers for hire for your valuables. If you feel like a treat, grab yourself a cabana! They have super comfy sun-beds, a mini fridge and a safe for your valuables. We found it made a huge difference to the day – providing a base for kids to always find you, and a shady breezy spot for mum to read a book! (Yes, that actually happened!)
If you grab one of the bundled passes, you will also have access to Skypoint – and it’s well worth the visit if you have the time.
At 332.5 metres tall, Skypoint is one of the tallest residential buildings in the world and Australia’s only beach-side observation deck offering stunning 360-degree views of the entire Gold Coast, from the surf to the hinterland and beyond.
Ride to the top in one of the World’s fastest elevators – taking you from ground to Level 77 in 42.7 seconds. There are fun facts dotted around and telescopes to look through. The kids loved spotting things they recognised on the ground, and the teeny tiny cars driving by.
There is also a cafe/bar in the middle so it’s a really special place to grab a bite and drink.
With so much to see and do, we found the three-day pass to be the best value for out-of-towners. Giving you three consecutive day’s access to Dreamworld, Whitewater World and Skypoint – where you can go to the top of the Q1 building for an amazing view of the region. This gave us enough time to see and do everything.
For those visiting more regularly, the Biggest Pass is a no-brainer. Giving you 13 months access to Dreamworld Whitewater World and Skypoint, it is money well spent. Lilve locally? They have a special locals rate for locals (available to Northern NSW and QLD).
For more family friendly destinations in Southeast Queensland, try Family-friendly weekends at Tangalooma Island Resort and The most UH-MAZING family-friendly resort!