This was going to be a very busy day, so I made sure everyone’s tummy was fulled before we left the house. We were going to Sky Point Observation Deck and White Water World (water theme park).
Sky Point and White Water World weren’t on my list previously, but when we asked to buy Dream World tickets to the hotel reception, she said that it would be much cheaper if we bought the three packages contained of Dreamworld, White Water World, and Sky Point Observation Deck. Dreamworld ticket only was AUD 95 and the three in one attraction package was AUD 90 (per person). Whattt????? Yes, we knew it was the theme parks strategy to bundle everything like this, but we had no choice and my son was more than happy to know that he was going to two other places besides Dreamworld.
He had been asking me to also take him to Water Theme Park, but I said we had plenty in Singapore, Jakarta, and Malaysia, so we better use our time to visit other places in Gold Coast. He was a bit disappointed but agreed, so he was sooo happy when he finally knew we were going to Water Theme Park.
I had planned carefully so that during our stay in Surfers Paradise we would already cover all the theme parks nearby. We would change our hotel to the one nearer to the airport on Wednesday and I didn’t plan to visit any theme parks anymore because it would be too far for us. So, we had no other option than to change our plan. We finally visited Sea World the day before we went home and it took us almost 2 hours from Palm Beach to Sea World (while from Surfers Paradise probably we would only need less then an hour).
I planned to cover the White Water World on the same day as our Dreamworld visit, but since we (the boy, me, my sister) were theme park lovers, it was impossible to do that. So finally, this day was going to be the day that we were going to water play, and the boy was very excited (yeah, he is a die hard fan of water theme park……………….)
First, we visited Sky Point Observation Deck.
Sky Point is located on top of the iconic Q1 Building, one of the world’s tallest residential towers. Basically, we were taken by an elevator to the 77th floor as the highest point above the Gold Coast and we could see a spectacular 360 degree views of Gold Coast.
The view was magnificent as we could see the beach, the sea, buildings from above and they looked so different and small.
I also saw restaurant inside where people could have breakfast while enjoying the magnificent view, but I didn’t ask for more information about the price. The boy really paid attention to the information displayed and he read it one by one while the others were busy taking pictures. Overall, one hour visit was enough for us to see everything and took many pictures inside.
Our next journey was the White Water World. Since it was already 2 hours after lunch and White Water World was at least a one hour journey, we searched for our morning snack. We were already quite bored with bread, so we were so happy when we found this:
Next stop: White Water World. Then we found out that bus TX3 that would bring us directly to Dreamworld (then walk to White Water World) did not operate on weekdays afternoon! So we had to find other alternatives which required us to take the tram, then the bus to Helensvale then another bus to Dreamworld and this journey was twice longer than TX3! So at the end, we only had 3 hours (including lunch) in this water theme park because White Water World close at 4 pm on weekdays.
When we finally arrived, the boy shouted and screamed in excitement (and I was sooo relieved we finally made it after the tiring journey): “Yes, I finally make it to White Water World.”
Basically, we only focus on the big rides since we didn’t have enough time. And how was our experience? It was awesome! Two thumbs up! We loved and loved and loved all the rides. Seriously, if you have enough time and you’re a theme park lover, try at least one water theme park in here. Everything was absolutely better than all the rides in water theme park that we ever tried. Even though some rides were almost the same as other water theme parks, but they had some surprise elements inside that I can’t explain. Even the not so scary rides form outside had something thrilling when we tried them. You can expect almost to vertical drop in every ride.
Don’t ask what the boy’s favorite because he can’t decide even until now. He likes everything and I said to him lucky we finally decided that we visited this Water Theme Park, and he teased me by saying “Yeah, but at first you said you didn’t wanna go, but now you say it’s very good………. Lucky we finally went to White Water World.”
Even the twister ride was a bit different and better in here. I think I’ve written the word better too many times, but it’s my honest opinion and I was amazed to see small children tackled thrill rides. The minimum height for hydrocoaster was even only 107 cm, so we were wowed by small children bravely stepped inside into the floats and slid down.
The boy couldn’t ride BRO (Blue Ring Octopus), a racer in which we go down with head first, because he wasn’t tall enough. And he also really wanted to try The Wedgie but it was already closed. The Wedgie is like Torpedo in Wild Wild Wet (a vertical drop slide), and I said to him there is no way that I want to try this one, so he’ll be on his own if he wants to try this. He still feels disappointed even until now that he never rides Wedgie at the end.
This water theme park was big and it was quite tiring to walk from one place to another. There were many other rides that daddy didn’t have time to take photos (because we went too fast so the results were blur). Overall, we had great time and was so sad when they finally closed the rides at 4 pm. These are our last rides before we finished:
During our trip to White Water World, my sister and my mom decided not to come and went to Australia Fair Shopping Center (alight in Southport or Southport South Tram Station).
Lucky bus TX3 was in operation when we went home, and the sky was still very bright when we left the park. So I asked the boy whether he was tired or not, because if not we could go and visit Anzac Park. We always passed by Anzac Park (we saw from the bus) every time we went to theme park and also on the way home, and the playground looked very nice. He said he was not too tired and still had energy to go to the park and because he said there would be no other time to visit Anzac Park if not that day……………………so yes, we continued the journey to Anzac Park.
Anzac Park Playground is located just opposite Australia Fair Shopping Center, so first we went by tram to this shopping center. We arrived at around 5.30 pm and was shocked to see almost all stores and food stalls were already closed! Except the supermarket that opened until 10 pm, almost everything were closed or preparing to close. Being lived in the countries where the malls open until at least 9 to 10 pm, we were speechless to see the empty malls.
It was difficult also to find an open food stall at that time, and we needed to snack because were so hungry, and so we had no other choice than to go here:
We actually had some leftover lunch, and I wrapped it carefully and put it next to my bag, then we went to play in the water theme park. And what happened after we came back from the play? All the food was gone…………..eaten by a bird! Yes, birds in Gold Coast are very clever, they can unwrap food and finish them while we are not looking, and they usually will leave one or their feather as a souvenir…………………so please be careful with birds…………………..they are hungry birds……….
Before we left this mall, the boy asked me to take his picture and daddy in here:
From Australia Fair Shopping Center, we just needed to cross the street to go to Anzac Park Playground.
What was the boy’s favorite ride in Anzac Park? I can answer that easily, it was this one:
For me, my favorite was this one:
This one was also unusual and we never found one like this:
We did some grocery shopping at Coles in Australian Fair before going back to our hotel. Milk, biscuits, ham, and another Kraft cheddar cheese spread were on our plastic bags that night.
And that was the end of our fourth day trip in Gold Coast.