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12/13/2011 12:12 pm ET

Theme Parks In Australia: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Theme parks in Australia, like in other places, are busiest in summer. However, since Australia is in the southern hemisphere, spring begins in September and summer runs through autumn in April. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Australian theme parks.

Sea World Australia


Sea World Australia brings families and marine life together. The park maintains a large number of aquatic animals such as penguins, dolphins and Hudson and Nelson, the orphaned polar bear cubs. Inside the park, enjoy rides, shows and animal encounters.

Signature Ride

Castaway Bay is the new $6 million attraction in Sea World Australia. The Sky Fortress is a five-level play structure for children of all ages. Battle Boats is a water ride with more than 80 water guns.

Other Attractions

The Jet Rescue is a roller coaster designed to mimic a Jet Ski trip at speeds up to 70 mph. Sit back and watch "Pirates Unleased," a swashbuckling pirate show. Watch penguins above and below the water in Sea World's Penguin Encounter. It is the only place in Australia that includes Gentoo, King and Fairy penguins.

Food

The Dockside Tavern, Plaza Food Court and Top Terrace Food Court all serve burgers, chicken and, of course, fish and chips. Sweet Treats serves cookies, doughnuts and pastries. The Colonial Ice Cream Parlour serves a wide variety of ice cream flavors, both simple chocolate and vanilla and more exotic flavors such as boysenberry.

Safety Record

ABC News reported that a Jet Ski jumped out of the water and into the audience during a show at Sea World Australia in 2003. In October 2010, the Telegraph reported that a killer whale died suddenly, leading to protests against large marine mammal captivity.

Address: Sea World Drive, Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
Phone: 011-617-5588-2222
Hours: The park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Price: Adults, $79.99; children, $49.99.

Movie World

Signature Ride

Superman Escape takes riders from 0 to 62 mph in less than two seconds. The entire ride is a show and a roller coaster. Riders start on a subway then experience an earthquake that threatens the world. Superman arrives, diverting riders to a vertical lift that starts the roller coaster experience.

Other Attractions

For a spookier ride, try the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster. This indoor roller coaster is inspired by the Scooby-Doo film. For a unique roller coaster experience, try Lethal Weapon: The Ride. This coaster takes you upside-down as your car is suspended from above. Based on the movie of the same name, Journey to the Center of the Earth 4D takes the audience on an adventure as an expedition to Iceland leads to a world far below the center of the earth.

Food

Rick's Cafe American, Gotham City Cafe, Outback BBQ and Wiki West Burgers all serve full meals of burgers, salads, hot dogs and sausage. Santa Fe, Sweet Treats and Ben & Jerry's serve pastries, ice cream and frozen drinks. The Stars Cafe and Dirty Harry's serve ale, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Movie World.

Address: Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, Gold Coast, Queensland 4210, Australia
Phone: 011-61-5573-3999
Hours: The park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Price: Adults, $79.99; children, $49.99.

Other Noteworthy Parks In Australia


Adventure World, Bibra Lake
Wet n' Wild
Dream World
Luna Park
Sovereign Hill

What's your family's favorite theme park in Australia?

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