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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Australia: Dream World



Dreamworld is a large theme park situated on the Gold Coast in Queensland. It is currently Australia's largest theme park with over 27 rides including 4 roller coasters. The park is made up of several themed lands: Ocean Parade, Kid's World, Wiggles World, Gold Rush Country, Rocky Hollow, Tiger Island and the Australian Wildlife Experience. These lands feature a collection of rides, animal exhibits, shows, food outlets and merchandise shops.Dreamworld is well known for being the location of the Australian Big Brother House for 8 years. (Wikipedia)

Main Street serves as the entrance and midway for the park. It features the central station for the Dreamworld Railway as well as the Dreamworld Cinema. The area is mainly made up of food, beverage and retail outlets.
Billabong Restaurant
Aussie Roast Buffet Lunch
Gold Rush Country is located to the left of Main Street. It opened in 1986 with the Eureka Mountain Mine Ride and the Thunder River Rapids Ride. In 2006, the Eureka Mountain Mine Ride was decommissioned due to safety concerns yet it remains standing to this day.

Rocky Hollow opened with Dreamworld in 1981 featuring the Rocky Hollow Log Ride. In 1998, the world's tallest free fall ride, opened in the area. Standing at 119 metres (390 ft), The Giant Drop accelerates riders at speeds of up to 135 kilometres per hour (84 mph) in a matter of seconds.

Australian Wildlife Experience is a collection of wildlife attractions divided into several subsections which allow guests to view the animals in their natural habitats. It is a registered zoo with 800 native and barnyard animals located within the Dreamworld grounds.The area is also home to a set of Ford Model T vintage cars which can be driven around a small circuit.

Wiggles World is based upon the popular Australian children entertainers, The Wiggles. It is aimed at toddlers and young children and features gentle rides and attractions including the Big Red Car Ride and Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cup Ride. 

Rivertown was another themed area that opened with the park in 1981.The area originally was home to the Vintage Cars which have since been relocated to the Australian Wildlife Experience. The area currently features two of the Big 7 Thrill Rides: the Tower of Terror II and Mick Doohan's Motocoaster.

Tiger Island opened in 1995 as one of only two interactive tiger exhibits in the world. The exhibit featured various locations for the tigers to live, swim and play.In 2010, the exhibit is home to 6 Bengal tigers, 6 Sumatran tigers and 2 cougars.

Kid's World is a section of the park designed specifically for children and tweens. All of the attractions in Kid's World operated previous to the 2011 opening of the area. The area's flagship attraction is the Sky Rocket suspended family roller coaster.

Ocean Parade is the largest themed area at Dreamworld in terms of attractions. It features 3 of the Big 7 Thrill Rides - The Claw, Wipeout and Cyclone are within close proximity of each other.

Theme Park in Australia closed as early as 5pm.

Dreamworld
Coomera, Queensland, Australia

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