The Gold Coast area in the Australian state of Queensland has been very popular with tourists from all over the world for a long time now. One of the reasons for this is because of the three big theme parks: Movieworld, Seaworld, and Dreamworld.
Movieworld was the first ever theme park I went to when I was 7 years old. A lot of things have changed since then, of course, but there are still some of the same attractions which kept me going back time and time again!
One of my favourites, which has stayed the same, is the Wild West Falls adventure ride. A great memory from this was when we took my then-80-year-old grandma on this ride, and when we were going down a backwards, unexpected fall, she was saying to my Dad in her proper English accent: “Oh Bobby, oh Bobby! We’re going backwards Bobby!”, then couldn’t stop chuckling to herself for the whole time.
Dreamworld is actually my favourite of the theme parks, mainly because of the big rides and the Australian animals and the tigers! Back in the days when I was taking these photos, it was also a highlight for me to visit the Big Brother house. The Tower of Terror ride has long been a favourite, and the Wipeout was, for a long time, my most feared ride until I went on it again and realised that the first time, I mustn’t have had the harness clicked in tight enough!
Seaworld is actually the theme park I have been to the most times, as one year, I was given an annual pass so I was able to go for 4 times! The quest for the golden seal, which I guess now is called ‘Fish Detectives’, was always a highlight for me watching the sea lions do what they do best. One great memory was from when I was 12 years old, I was able to go in a small group of other kids and learn about the dolphins, get splashed, stroke and even have a photo taken with one!