Brisneyworld -- A.K.A. Australia's Gold Coast

Often called Brisneyworld, in homage to Disneyworld in the United States and Brisbane (the nearest major city), Australia's Gold Coast serves up its largest theme park, Dreamworld, with a side of Warner Brothers Movie World, among others.

Brisneyworld -- A.K.A. Australia's Gold Coast

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Fly_Girl on November 29, 2003

Just as Americans pack up the kids and go to Disney, our cousins down under do the same, but head for Australia's Gold Coast instead. The Gold Coast offers several theme parks--Dreamworld, Movieworld, and even Sea World. But there's plenty of things for adults to do, too. They sometimes call the area Brisvegas after America's Las Vegas because of the casino gaming available there.${QuickSuggestions} When arriving, fly into either Brisbane or Coolongatta airport. The area is quite spread out from downtown Brisbane to Surfer's Paradise on the coast.${BestWay} I found renting a car to be quite convenient. Roads in the area were well-maintained and easy to navigate, even though I wasn't used to the right-hand drive. However, there are tourist shuttle services available for those not quite ready to tackle driving in Australia.

Conrad Jupiters Hotel & Casino

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Fly_Girl on November 29, 2003

The Conrad Jupiters Hotel & Casino is a very impressive structure in the area commonly known as Surfer's Paradise. With nearly 600 rooms, it's one of Australia's largest hotels.

If it's wagering you're looking for, contained within its walls are three levels of gaming for those 18 and over. While it's impressive by Australian standards, frequent visitors to Las Vegas may be disappointed by the relatively low stakes games.

The live show, "Storm", was entertaining and comparable to Vegas shows. Many children were in the audience, and thoroughly enjoyed the show, as did their parents.

My room was clean and comfortable, and my meal at Spinners was, literally, enough pasta bolognese to feed two people.
Conrad Jupiters Caino
Gold Coast, Australia, 4218


Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Fly_Girl on November 29, 2003

At 85-hectares, Dreamworld is Australia's largest theme park, so wear comfortable shoes! Temperatures in the area are much like the climate in Orlando, Florida; the Gold Coast is said to get about 300 days of sunshine a year, but it seems much stronger than Florida's. Bring hats and sunscreen!

You'll have no trouble finding plenty to do at Dreamworld! It's two parks in one--an animal park and a thrill-ride park combined. It also houses the set for Australia's Big Brother show, and when it's not filming, guests are invited to tour the Big Brother house.

Dreamworld is also one of the few places in Australia where you can hold (and get your photo taken with) a koala.
Dreamworld Parkway
Coomera, Australia, 4209
+61 (7) 5588 1111

Warner Brothers Movie World

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Fly_Girl on November 29, 2003

Warner Brothers Movie World is a fairly small park, by American standards. It's quite easy to see everything in one day as long as the park isn't at capacity.

From coasters and simulators to kiddie rides, shows and parades, the park truly offers something for theme park fans of all ages!
Movie World
Pacific Highway, Oxenbridge, Qld
Gold Coast, Australia

Steve Irwin's (The Crocodile Hunter) Australia Zoo

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Fly_Girl on November 29, 2003

Start out early when coming to see the Crocodile Hunter at the Australia Zoo! The road between the Gold Coast and the Glasshouse Mountains area can become quite congested! Better yet, hop on the train in Brisbane and relax during your journey.

The park is rather large, and currently in the midst of construction. Apparently, they are adding a large stadium to accomodate the many tourists flocking to see Steve and Terri Irwin, and their ultra-cute daughter, Bindi Sue.

The park has many animals on display, from crocs, to dingoes, to the world's oldest known tortoise, Harriet, who was brought over from the Galopagos Islands by none other than Charles Darwin himself!

If you plan to feed the kangaroos, make sure to buy your kangaroo chow before you take the long walk over to the kangaroo area. There's no roo food for sale anywhere near the area once you arrive! Also, if you want your picture taken holding a koala, arrive early! Many visitors were disappointed to learn this photo opportunity is only available in the morning hours.

If you're not a huge fan of the Crocodile Hunter, you may want to skip this one. I found it very commercialized. The park seems to provide a constant reminder that they get no money from the Aussie government, and I felt over-solicited to make additional donations, give to the adopt-an-animal fund, and buy merchandise to support the park around every turn.

However, I did find the park very clean, the animals well cared-for, and the staff quite knowledgeable.
Australia Zoo
Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Drive
Gold Coast, Australia

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