To Dreamworld Gold Coast
Dreamworld sign is easy
Dreamworld is at Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera, Qld, 4219.
It is just off the Pacific Motorway (M1) at Exit 54.
It is well signposted whether you are coming from Brisbane or from the Gold Coast.
Heading north from Surfers Paradise it is about 23kms and will take about 30 minutes in a car depending upon the traffic.
There is plenty of free parking, so driving is a great option. BYO car or hire a car.
There are several options for getting to Dreamworld if you don't want to drive yourself, including shuttle bus transfers, local buses and trains (if you are coming from Brisbane).
Whether you want just a single transfer to Dreamworld, or are looking for all Gold Coast ground transport options, you will find information about getting to Dreamworld and other theme parks and attractions on our attraction transfers page. There you will find suggestions for packaging with airport transfers to save money and the pros and cons for using public transport options.
Things To Consider
Food and Drinks
According to the Terms and Conditions of Entry to Dreamworld Gold Coast you are not supposed to take food or drinks into the theme park. This is now pretty standard across theme parks.
Dreamworld No Food
sign at the entrance
Looking for the positive! This has the advantage that you don't have to carry anything other than money! Which appeals to me as I am the one who makes the picnics and generally ends up carrying them!
But of course the disadvantage is that you then captive to what they have to offer in the way of food and drinks and their prices. Food options have improved at Dreamworld, so be sure to check out the extra details below.
If you are doing the thrill rides, you may find that eating is not such an issue, but do make sure you drink plenty of fluids in particular water as this park gets hot even during the cooler months.
Accessibility and Getting Around
There are a limited number of strollers, prams and wheelchairs for hire. There is wheel friendly access to most areas. There are restrictions on some rides, so you will need to check.
To help get around the park and reduce some of the traipsing around there is Dreamworld Railway.
Central Station is a short walk from the main entrance. There are four stations in total.
The other stops are near:
- Billabong Restaurant
- Dreamworld Corroboree (formerly Australian Wildlife Experience)
- The Giant Drop
The round trip takes about 20 minutes nd you can get on or off wherever you like. The train is quite a good way to see some parts of the park but it only covers about half of it!
Things to Take
You are going to be out and about most of the day, so make sure you have the following essentials:
- Water Bottle
On some of the rides you have to take off your hat and sunnies, so it is worthwhile having a bag to put them in safely. I carry a rucksack, which is easy and doesn't get in the way too much.
WhiteWater World is a
water theme park.
If you buy a World Pass you can use both Dreamworld and WhiteWater World on the same day or multiple times depending upon your pass conditions.
If you are going to WhiteWater World you will need your swimming gear (trunks, bathers, swimmers or whatever else you call them!) and a towel. And you can take non-commercially produced food into this theme park.
Within Dreamworld there are a couple of places you might get wet.
Flowrider is a ride where you are in the water - so you will definitely need your togs and a towel for this one and a little extra cash as it is not included in your Dreamworld Entry ticket.
The two other rides in Dreamworld you may get wet on are the Rocky Hollow Log Ride and the Thunder River Rapids Ride. Make sure you wear appropriate clothing!
Dreamworld sell plastic capes when it rains - there are places
to get out of the rain, but you will need to go between things. Taking wet weather gear if it looks like rain, will save you bundle on a one use cape!
Dreamworld has always seemed hot to me whenever I have been there, so layers are good in the cooler weather and lots of sun protection even on cloudy days.
There are EFTPOS machines and ATMs at Dreamworld. Most areas take EFTPOS or credit cards. As with any tourist spot you need to be careful with your wallet and precious items. A good rucksack or bum bag (fanny pack for our friends from USA) can be useful.
Within the theme park there are a few places that you have to pay
to use. Bear this in mind and make sure you have cash or cards if you want to do these things.
I always buy my theme park tickets ahead of time, as the pre-paid lines are much faster than those where you have to buy the tickets at the gate.