As any parent knows, planning a family holiday can be a daunting task. There are so many things to consider, from budget and accommodations to activities and destinations. Even so, with a little planning and research, you’ll be sure to find the perfect spot to suit your family’s needs. If you’re looking for an adventure-filled vacation, Australia’s theme parks are sure to please.

While there is no doubt that the Gold Coast in South-East Queensland is the Mecca of theme park destinations in Australia, there are many other options available in major cities around the country. Here are some of the best that are sure to please children and parents alike.

SeaWorld Resort (Gold Coast)

SeaWorld Resort is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Gold Coast, and for good reasons too. The park is home to a variety of marine life, from dolphins and penguins to sharks and rays, alongside also being the site of an abundance of marine conservation projects. Visitors can also see firsthand how SeaWorld Rescue teams work to protect and rehabilitate injured wildlife.

In addition to SeaWorld being an immense educational resource, the park offers a range of rides and attractions, making it the perfect place for a day out with family or friends. So if you’re looking for an exciting and educational experience, be sure to add SeaWorld to your list of places to visit on the Gold Coast.

Warner Bros. Movie World (Gold Coast)

There are many reasons to visit Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast. For starters, the theme park is home to some of the most exhilarating rides in the world. From roller coasters to water rides, there is something for everyone to enjoy. In addition, the park is also home to a variety of live shows featuring your favourite Warner Bros. characters. Whether you’re a fan of Batman, Superman, or even Scooby Doo, you’ll be sure to enjoy these interactive shows. And finally, don’t forget to grab a souvenir from one of the many shops located throughout the park. From clothes and toys to souvenir spoons, you’ll be able to find the perfect memento to remember your visit to this eclectic theme park.

Warner Bros. Movie World is also highly accessible from all the world-class Queensland accommodation that can be found across the Gold Coast, with some accommodation even offering shuttles that go straight to the theme parks. This means that families travelling with younger children won’t have to worry too much about organising transportation with overly excited little ones in tow.

Dreamworld (Gold Coast)

Australia’s biggest theme park, Dreamworld truly does have something for everyone, from adrenaline-pumping roller coasters to children’s rides and live shows. In addition, the park is also considered to be a zoo in its own right, with plenty of animal attractions that are sure to be enriching experiences for the whole family.

A standout attraction is the park’s Tiger Island, where visitors can get up close and personal with a wide variety of different tiger subspecies. Dreamworld also supports and contributes towards global tiger conservation initiatives through their Dreamworld Wildlife Fund, so you can be rest assured that your visit to Tiger Island will be sure to do some good for the world’s dwindling population of wild tigers too. 

Luna Park (Sydney and Melbourne)

For a fun-filled day out, there’s nowhere quite like Luna Park. This iconic amusement park has been thrilling visitors since 1935, and it shows no signs of slowing down. With its famed wooden roller coaster, the carnival-like atmosphere, and views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney’s Luna Park is a must-visit for anyone looking for a good time. And there’s something for everyone, with rides ranging from gentle carousels to stomach-churning thrills.

You can also experience the fun of Luna Park in Melbourne. Situated on the iconic St Kilda foreshore, Melbourne’s Luna Park has been providing laughter and memories to Melbourne locals and visitors alike since 1912. With over 19 rides and attractions, there’s something to suit everyone. From the thrill-seekers who want to test their mettle on the Great Scenic Railway to the younger kids who just want to enjoy a gentle ride or some carnival games, a day out at this particular cityside attraction is sure to please the entire family. 

Adventure World (Perth)

Adventure World in Perth is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Western Australia. The park is home to more than 30 rides and attractions, including the world’s tallest swing ride, the Tower of Terror, plus the thrills of the Tunnel of Terror Water Slide. 

Adventure World is also home to a variety of animals including adorable koalas, kangaroos and more as part of the park’s Aussie Wildlife Experience. In addition, this particular adventure park offers a variety of unique shows and entertainment options scheduled throughout the day, making it a great place to spend a day with family or friends. 

Aussie World (Sunshine Coast)

While the Gold Coast is well known for its theme parks, it is well worth the trip north to the Sunshine Coast to visit the beaches, the Gold Coast Hinterland and – of course – the iconic Aussie World theme park.

Aussie World Sunshine Coast is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. The park offers a wide range of rides and attractions, including a rollercoaster, water slides, and an animal farm for curious kids. Visitors can also enjoy a range of Australian-themed shows and events.

Aussie World is located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, just a short drive from Brisbane. The park is open all year round, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for thrills or fun for the whole family, this attraction is sure to deliver, making Aussie World Sunshine Coast the perfect addition to any Sunshine Coast trip itinerary.


Finding the perfect theme park destinations to add to your Australian trip itineraries is largely dependent on who you’re travelling with, and where you’ll find yourself down under. So long as you consider both of these two factors, chances are high that you’ll find the perfect theme park destinations for you and your fellow travellers to enjoy.

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