Theme Parks during Easter weekend

by Patricia

Gold Coast Theme Parks During Easter Weekend

Are the theme parks open on Good Friday?


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Great question Patricia and one I know causes a bit of confusion.

Gold Coast theme parks (Dreamworld/Whitewater World, MovieWorld, Sea World and Wet n Wild) are generally OPEN* over the Easter holidays including Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

They have their usual hours which are approximately 10am to 5pm (varies slightly with theme parks and Dreamworld has an early arrival option sometimes).

* - of course if there are unusual circumstances this might not be true such as extreme weather conditions (which is not very likely at this time of the year, but I mention it just in case ;-)

There are two other pieces of information that you might find useful having asked this question.

Firstly, shops on the Gold Coast are NOT all open over the Easter weekend.

For example the big supermarkets and shopping centres such as Pacific Fair, Australia Fair and Robina Town Centre do not open on either Good Friday nor on Easter Sunday.

The cinemas at these locations are open but the shopping centres are CLOSED.

Harbour Town is also closed on Good Friday and has restricted trading on Easter Sunday, but I am not 100% sure what that means.

And since you are asking this question during a month when Easter falls in April - later in the month we have ANZAC day on 25 April and the theme parks do not open during the morning of ANZAC Day. They generally open around 1.30pm and sometimes have a later than normal closing time. You will need to check with the individual theme parks for the exact times.

And for the shops on ANZAC Day they are generally closed all day.

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Apr 02, 2015
Good Friday
by: Yan

Hi we are going to Gold Coast on Good Friday. Thx for the useful info above. I understand most things are closed. We arrive at 2pm and wonder what activities are good for the kids to do on Good Friday in particular ? We won't go to the theme parks as by the time we check in it will be 3ish and the theme parks close at 5. Any suggestions are much appreciated. We stay at burleigh heads.

Annie Answers
Many of the tourist activities in Surfers Paradise will be open. Check out Surfers Paradise Attractions.

Things like Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Timezone, SkyPoint etc would all be things to do. You can enjoy a stroll along the Surfers Paradise beachfront and dinner in a restaurant in Cavill Mall or Orchid Avenue precinct.

If you didn't want to go too far from Burleigh you could walk along beach there, or head south to Coolangatta and dinner etc along the beachfront area around Marine Parade. Those are a couple of suggestions, hope they help.

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