Dreamworld is Australia’s largest amusement park, situated on the Gold Coast in Queensland. It would be fair to call Dreamworld an ‘amusement complex’ instead of a theme park as it is sprawled over an area of 210 acres and boasts over 40 rides and attractions. Aside from theme-park rides, Dreamworld is also home to Tiger Island and Corroboree Park, where you can interact with Australian wildlife! If you’re looking to cool off, Dreamworld is connected to Whitewater World; a theme park where you can freak out on some of the craziest water rides you’ll ever experience.

Highlights

The history of Dreamworld stretches back to 1981 when John Longhurst bought 85 hectares of land to set up the park. With just a few rides, Longhurst brought to life one of Australia’s most iconic attractions. Today, Dreamworld has transformed beyond any imaginable concept of a theme park. 

  • While Dreamworld has plenty of rides for those adrenaline junkies, it’s also home to attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

Explore  Dreamworld

Things To Do Dreamworld

Know Before You Visit

Dreamworld is a large space, spanning over 210 acres. To make the most of your visit, prior planning is needed. Here are a few things to know before you visit.

Dreamworld Gold Coast Facilites
  • Dreamworld has 3 easily-accessible ATMs. You’ll find one right next to the entry, a CBA ATM at Whitewater World inside the park, and a Cashcard ATM at the Dreamworld Parkway.
  • You’ll find a separate section at the entry to pick up strollers and wheelchairs for toddlers or disabled guests.
  • You can find a prayer room near the ABC Kids World Shop, for those looking for a quiet space to recuperate during their visit.
  • Apart from the designated smoking areas, Dreamworld strictly prohibits smoking throughout the park. 
  • You’ll find drinking fountains scattered throughout various sections of the park, for guests who need to hydrate before continuing on their adventure.
  • Dreamworld even offers locker facilities to store bags or carry-ons so you can roam the park hands-free.
  • The park has a health centre with medical facilities which can be found next to the Sky Voyager ride.
Dreamworld Gold Coast Accessibility
  • There’s a reserved parking space available in the car park for guests whose vehicles display a Disability Parking Permit.
  • Guests with disabilities may visit the park with a companion to assist them and provide care and support during the visit. All that is needed is a companion card, which can be easily procured, and guests are entitled to one free ticket for their caregiver.
  • All restrooms at the park are equipped with facilities designed to be accessed by wheelchairs. Shower amenities, as well as adult tables for changing, can be found in all the restrooms.
  • Guide dogs are welcome to the park, barring, of course, a few wildlife zones.
  • All shopping, entertainment, and dining facilities throughout the park are wheelchair accessible. Most of the attractions also have specific accommodations built for disabled guests.
  • Guests with medically-related dietary requirements are allowed to carry their own food into the park upon providing adequate medical proof.
  • All information related to guests is recorded at the entrance of the park, to assist in contact tracing.
  • All handheld maps and posters have been removed from the premises, to minimize contact that usually takes place in these high-touch areas. Instead, you can now access the free Wifi at the park to view park maps and show timings.
  • Hand washing facilities and hand sanitisers are placed at multiple locations throughout the parks so guests can stay clean and sanitised throughout their visit.
  • To prevent the proximity of guests, many of the rides will have vacant seats separating guests from one another. 
  • Food and beverage indoor seating has been completely removed and replaced with outdoor seating to ensure safe physical distancing.
  • All character appearances (Madagascar, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda) will be contactless to ensure there is no guest-to-guest transmission.
  • Certain attractions have been closed because they require proximity and interaction of guests.
Dreamworld Gold Coast Visitor Tips

While it may be as straightforward as buying a ticket and walking into the park, there are a few tips to keep in mind when visiting Dreamworld.

  • Find a hostel or accommodation close to the park, especially if you’re planning to go around the whole of Dreamworld, as this may take more than one day.
  • Visit the park as early as possible (preferably when it opens) so that you make the most out of your experience. 
  • It’s best to plan a trip to Dreamworld in the summer when you can cool off in all the water rides at Whitewater World. 
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing as many of the rides have strap-on harnesses and belts which can be uncomfortable if your clothing is too restrictive.
  • Book your tickets well in advance as the capacity has been significantly reduced due to COVID-19.
Dreamworld Gold Coast Park Rules
  • Guests should try and maintain a minimum of 1.5m social distancing as shown by the floor indicators throughout the park. 
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited on the park premises, except for the two areas designated specifically for smoking.
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed in the park unless you are required to be on a specific diet, for which medical proof is required. 
  • Pets are not allowed inside the park unless they are guide dogs assisting disabled guests.
  • Guests should not feed the animals at the park unsupervised; there are specific zones where park-regulated feeding takes place under supervision.

Address: Dreamworld Pkwy, Coomera QLD 4209, Australia
Parking: If you’ve got a ticket to Dreamworld, you’ve got access to the car park and there’s plenty of space available!
Getting There:  
Dreamworld is located in South East Queensland, at the northern end of the Gold Coast, roughly 48 km (40 minutes) from Brisbane, and there are multiple ways to get to the park.

  • Taxi/Car 
    Whether you’re driving down or booking a cab to get to the park, there are a few locations from where you can easily access the park. It takes about 25 minutes from Surfers Paradise, 35 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport, 45 minutes from Brisbane Airport, and 45 minutes from Brisbane City.
  • Metro
    Dreamworld is close to Coomera and Helensvale stations, both of which lie on the Gold Coast-line. Get a copy of the train timetable and hop on the train heading to either of these stations. You can even pick up a Dreamworld ticket at the Coomera station.
  • Bus
    Dreamworld is an official bus stop between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. It is serviced by Surfside bus lines, with regular buses travelling between these locations.
Dreamworld Gold Coast Food & Drinks

Dreamworld is home to a variety of eateries where guests can rest and refuel before getting to the other attractions.

  • Churros Stand - For those who want a taste of that warm, cinnamon-y goodness!
  • Dough Bros. Pizzeria - Where you choose from a range of gourmet-style pizzas.
  • Food Central - A place where you can grab a quick bite, whether it’s a burger or a foot-long hot dog.
  • Green Bean Coffee Co. - Enjoy a delicious Byron Bay coffee brewed by trained baristas! 
  • Ice Cream Parlour - Bringing back that retro 80’s vibe with delicious creamy ice creams and mega milkshakes.
  • Presto’s Training Cafe - This training cafe for aboriginals serves up a combination of delicious sandwiches, coffee, and desserts.
  • The Sandwich Shop - Here you’ll have access to a variety of sandwiches, wraps, and salads.
  • Barrels Burger Bar - Head to Barrels for gourmet burgers, loaded fries, and their own craft beer.

While Dreamworld itself does not offer accommodation, there are places to stay nearby, from budget-friendly backpacker hostels to luxurious villas. 

  • If you’re looking for an inexpensive option you can check out Aussie Dream Hostel or Backpackers in Paradise.
  • Mid-range options are also available. Coomera Motor Inn and Amituofo Guesthouse are easily accessible from Dreamworld.
  • For a more luxurious experience, book your spot at Sanctuary Cove Resort or Azzura Greens Resort. 
Dreamworld Gold Coast Shopping

Dreamworld has a wide range of stores that offer a unique shopping experience.

  • To take home some fun souvenirs, you can stop at Lego Store, ABC Kids World Shop, Madagascar Cargo Hold, Tiger Bazaar, Main Street Emporium, and/or Fairy Tale Treasures. 
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth at Shrek’s Treats, Jelly Belly, Shaka Shack, or Candy Nut & Fudge. 
  • Finally, you can take home your favourite memories at the park by choosing photos from the Dreampix Store and Motocoaster Pitstop Shop.

FAQs

What is Dreamworld Australia?

A: Dreamworld is the largest theme park in Australia, with various rides and attractions spread over an area of 210 acres.

Is Dreamworld Australia open post-COVID-19?

A: Yes, Dreamworld Australia has been reopened to the public in 2021.  

Is it safe to visit Dreamworld Australia post COVID-19? 

A: Yes, it is safe to visit Dreamworld post COVID-19 as strict measures have been taken to minimize contact, and sanitation stations have been set up all over the park. 

Where is Dreamworld Australia located?

A: Dreamworld Australia is situated on the Gold Coast, in Queensland Australia.

What are Dreamworld Australia opening hours?

A: Dreamworld Gold Coast timings are as follows:

WhiteWater World timings are as follows:

Seasonal operating hours (through to 28 March)

Each Sat & Sun: 10 AM - 5 PM

Easter school holidays (2 April - 18 April)

Daily 10 AM - 5 PM

Seasonal closure (29 March - September School Holidays)

What’s the best time to visit Dreamworld Australia?

A: The best time to visit would be in the morning when the park opens so you have enough time to visit as many attractions as possible. The best season would be summer, as Whitewater World is highly enjoyable during this time of the year.

How big is Dreamworld Australia? 

A: Dreamworld Australia is spread over a whopping 210 acres.

How much time do you need at Dreamworld Australia?

A: One day is usually enough to go through all the attractions in the park. However, if you’re planning to spend time at Whitewater World, then you’ll need a minimum of two days to enjoy the park completely. 

What is unique about Dreamworld Australia?

A: Perhaps the most unique feature of this theme park is that it combines rides, entertainment, and wildlife experiences in a single space. 

Is Dreamworld Australia an outdoor or indoor park?

A: Dreamworld Australia is an outdoor park with a few of the eateries and entertainment shows being indoors. 

How much do Dreamworld Australia tickets cost?

A: Dreamworld offers different ticket packages. Tickets start at AU$99. 

What are the best things to do inside Dreamworld Australia?

A: This differs based on the kind of experiences you’re looking for. If you’re searching for an adrenaline rush, you should definitely sign up for all seven ‘big thrill’ rides. 

How many rides are there inside Dreamworld Australia?

A: Dreamworld Australia is home to at least 40 rides and attractions.

Is Dreamworld Australia suitable for toddlers?

A: Yes, it is suitable for toddlers with many rides designed specifically for them. 

Is there any dress code inside Dreamworld Australia?

A: No there is no specific dress code required inside the park.

Is outside food allowed in Dreamworld Australia? 

A: No, outside food is not allowed inside the park unless you have medical proof stating that you are required to eat a particular diet.

Where can I eat at Dreamworld Australia? 

A: Dreamworld has over 9 stalls where you can buy an array of different foods to eat.

Are there any ATMs available at Dreamworld Australia?

A: Yes, there are at least two ATMs in the park and they can be located on the digital map accessible through the park’s wifi.

Are strollers and wheelchairs available inside Dreamworld Australia?

A: Yes, you can rent strollers and wheelchairs near the park entrance.

Are lockers available inside Dreamworld Australia?  

A: Yes, lockers are available on the park premises.

Is there a baby room inside Dreamworld Australia?

A: Yes there is a baby or ‘parenting’ room inside the park accessible to all who wish to use it.

Is there a free parking space inside Dreamworld Australia? 

A: Yes there is a free parking space right outside, in front of the park entrance.

Can children enter Dreamworld Australia alone?

A: Children up to the age of 13 are considered juniors and require a guardian in order to enter the park. However, those aged 14 and above will be granted permission to enter the park on their own. 

Can I get First Aid at Dreamworld Australia?

A: Yes, Dreamworld Australia has a health centre where guests can avail of first aid as well as expert medical treatment.

Are guide dogs allowed at Dreamworld Australia?

A: Yes, guide dogs are allowed into the park provided that guests provide proof related to the necessity of the guide dog.

How do I contact Dreamworld Australia? 

A: The reception desk is open every day excluding Christmas and ANZAC day, and you may contact them directly through telephone on this number - +61 7 5588 1111. 

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