The Gold Coast is famous for its theme parks, so if you haven’t been there already, tick the GC off your bucket list this school holidays. We’ve found the 2 best resorts to stay at while you’re exploring the magical wonderlands within Gold Coast’s theme parks.

A theme park for thrill-seekers


The Giant Drop, Dreamworld - Gold Coast
The Giant Drop, Dreamworld – Gold Coast

If you’re going to visit a theme park on the Gold Coast, you can’t come all this way and not venture to Dreamworld. Arguably the most versatile theme park of the lot, Dreamworld is home to many different worlds in one. If your child is a thrill-seeker, they will love the famous Giant Drop, Tower of Terror or just let them loose on any of the 9 big thrill rides. If those attractions sound a bit intense for your young one, then there are plenty of other places to go, like Wiggles World or the DreamWorks animation experience, and they can even see some of nature’s finest creations at Tiger Island. If you get a bit hot, you can always pay a little extra and get entry into Whitewater World, which is filled with water slides and other fun rides that will cool you off.
Where: Dreamworld Parkway Coomera QLD

Zagame’s Paradise Resort
Water park inside the resort, Paradise Resort - Gold Coast
Water park inside the resort, Paradise Resort – Gold Coast

If you’re going to being hitting up Dreamworld for the school holidays and don’t know where you should stay, then we’ve got the perfect place for you and the family. Located 24 kilometres south of Dreamworld in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this resort is a children’s paradise filled with a range of activities ranging from laser tag to rock climbing that’ll have the kids mesmerised for hours.
If you’re looking for some much needed alone time with the partner, drop the kids at the fully supervised Zone 4 Kids Club and enjoy a romantic evening at one of the many restaurants located within walking distance. There are quite a lot of rooms that range from luxurious conventional resort rooms to brightly painted junior bunkhouse rooms fitted with an Xbox 360, so, depending on what experience you’re after, Paradise Resort can service your needs. Don’t forget to make the most of your 10% discount on your stay if you’re visiting Dreamworld or Whitewater World.
Where: 122 Ferny Avenue Surfers Paradise QLD

A theme park for animal-lovers

Sea World

Interactive dolphin shows, Sea World - Gold Coast
Interactive dolphin shows, Sea World – Gold Coast

What kid wouldn’t enjoy spending a day with some of the most beautiful marine life in the world? Whether it’s penguins, seals, polar bears, sharks or much-loved dolphins, your child will be grinning from ear to ear as they get to watch these magnificent animals face to face in all their natural beauty. While Sea World is the premiere marine animal park in Australia, it’s also home to a range of other rides and attractions that’ll leave your kids both exhilarated and exhausted by the end of the day. If you don’t mind forking out a little extra cash, you can even enjoy the unforgettable experience of swiming with Sea World’s famous Bottlenose Dolphins.
Where: Sea World Dr Main Beach QLD

Sea World Resort and Water Park
Family-friendly rooms, Sea World Resort - Gold Coast
Family-friendly rooms, Sea World Resort & Water Park – Gold Coast

Spending the day at Seaworld? It only makes sense to stay at Seaworld Resort and Water Park, right? Located just footsteps from the theme park itself, this place is the stuff kids dreams of. If you’re over the hustle and bustle that comes with a day of tackling attractions and rides at a theme park, you can lie down on a sunbed and catch some Gold Coast UV rays while the kids have the time of their lives in the resort’s own water park. Alternatively, leave the kids in the Kids Club while you and your partner treat yourselves at the massage and beauty salon, or one of the many other facilties at this resort. The fact that the rooms and service are first class just seems like an added bonus.
Where: Sea World Dr Main Beach QLD

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