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Exploring Movie World

The Movie World district of the Gold Coast is in the suburbs of Oxenford/Helensdale, a residential area not far inland from the bustling Gold Coast resort of Cavill Avenue. Officially known as Movie World, this family-friendly theme park is based on the world of movies through a number of thrilling rides, including roller coasters, river rides, and simulators.

It has been here since the early 1990s and is owned by the same company that runs the nearby Wet'n'Wild as well as the Sea World park nearer to Surfers, and can be visited on a combination ticket that allows access to the other parks. Movie World has active film studios along with rides, including Scooby Doo, Batman, Marilyn Monroe, Austin Powers, and more, plus there are shows with costumed characters. Also on site are good options for eating and having fun, plus nearby is the excellent, and cheaper, Wet'n'Wild.

Sights nearby

There are other parks in the Movie World district, with the neighbouring WhiteWater World an especially popular attraction on hot days, while just north is Dreamworld. For something a bit more sedate, head to sublime Hope Island.

- WhiteWater World

On the same grounds, yet a separate park, is WhiteWater World; a buzzing water park owned by the same company that owns Movie World. It has a great collection of high slides, such as the Super Tubes Hydrocoaster and the Pipeline Plunge, along with a big wave pool. There is also an area for tots and everything is on the theme of the Aussie beach experience. There are plenty of options for food and shopping, too, and the surf school is ideal for those who prefer not to learn in the sea.

- Dreamworld

Another theme park, located slightly north and into Coomera suburb, Dreamworld offers a fairground experience and hosts numerous rides. It is split into a number of worlds, each themed with rides on the region it represents, such as the perfect waves of FlowRider. There are also animals here at the Australian Wildlife Experience, but the thrilling white-knuckle rides of the Big 8 Thrill appeal most to those looking for a buzz.

- Hope Island

This high-end residential area to the east of the theme parks is actually a collection of islands, with Hope Island—named after Captain Louis Hope—the main base. Much of it is given over to the gated Hope Island Resort, which boasts a tonne of facilities, including a huge swimming pool, a golf course, and a marina. You get access to this resort if staying at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort or the Azzura Greens Resort.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Movie World itself is blessed with lots of options for eating. It’s expensive, but be aware that this is the Gold Coast and everywhere has higher prices than the norm. There are themed cafés and restaurants like Gotham City, along with the fun Dirty Harry Bar watering hole. Opportunities to pick up movie memorabilia are excellent; there’s even a Harry Potter shop and SUPERMAN Escape store! For making merry, shopping, and eating en masse, the nearby suburb of Coomera is a better bet.

Public transport

You can easily walk around both parks as they are well thought out and compact. Surfside Buslines serves Movie World from the beaches and the towns of the Gold Coast, and you can get by easily on a GoCard, plus services run 24 hours. If you’re staying out a bit farther, such as at Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa, it is best to have a car, and there’s fantastic driving scenery here to warrant a rental. If coming from Brisbane, trains run to nearby Helensvale Railway Station, which is a short bus ride from Movie World.