I recommend Warner Village owned Sea World located in Main Beach on the Gold Coast for young families.
Their up close encounters with marine life and Sesame Street, plus children friendly rides, makes the day with the kids easy and will leave you in awe of the beautiful and intelligent marine creatures currently homed.
Sea World is home to polar bears, dolphins, seals and Penguin Encounter, a multimillion dollar facility reconstructing the natural penguin habitats of the colder climates.
For older kids or kids at heart, Sea World offers the Corkscrew Rollercoaster, Flume Log Ride, Jet Ski Shows and Pirate Bay, a swashbucklers dream with water cannons, water guns and a massive jungle fort.
Film lovers and older children will enjoy a day at Warner Brothers Movie World in Oxenford, with film based rides like the Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster and the Wild West Falls.
Home to the star parade, kids can get up close to their favourite Warner Brothers Superheroes, Looney Tunes characters and even Scooby Doo and the gang from Mystery Inc, or for amazing and crazy car stunts straight out of a box office smash, check out the Hollywood Stunt Driver show.
For an easy way to cool down and have some fun, visit Wet N Wild, right next door to Movieworld and the Outback Spectacular in Oxenford.
The Gold Coast's original water park is still thriving with classic rides including the Super 8 Aqua Racers and Mammoth Falls, as well as dive in movies during the warmer months.
For parents of older children it's a chance to sit back and relax at Calypso Bay or join the kids in the thrills.
Despite how good it is, it's a very popular theme park in the school holidays and summer with long queues and hot pavement to dampen spirits. So get in early in the season to experience the most from the water park.
Thrill seekers are better off visiting Dreamworld in Coomera, home to the big six thrill ride attractions including the Giant Drop, Wipeout and the Claw.
While Dreamworld is a thrill seekers heaven, it is also home to family rides, special attractions such as Screamworld and Illuminate, animal enclosures and Wiggles World.
Tiger Island is home to Sumatran and Bengal tigers that play and interact with each other and their handlers while exploring natural animal instincts, while the Australian Wildlife experience allows you to see koalas, crocodiles and kangaroos up close.
Dreamworld also offers encounters with these animals for additional prices including photos, walks and the chance to adopt one of the animals.
It's great for families with older children with fun rides similar to Wet N Wild and a smaller park to reduce the chance of getting lost. It is a newer park and easily accessible if you decide you've had enough of Dreamworld.
So no matter what type of amusement patron you are, the Gold Coast has a lot of parks to offer for all sorts of people.
If you are seriously considering heading down to the coast for a day, look at the VIP passes which allow for multiple entries to theme parks over a large period of time for around $90.
It makes for saving money and the excuse to visit a few of the theme parks or your favourite over and over again!