The ultimate transport guide to visiting the parks these school holidays

By 29 December 2015 3 Comments

Heading to the Gold Coast theme parks these summer school holidays? Well, so is everybody else. Do it right and plan ahead. Not every transport method is going to suit everybody, so don’t necessary follow what everybody else is doing because it could end up costing you more time, money and effort.

Hire Car

Hiring a car? Well, lucky for you all of the Gold Coast theme parks offer free parking. What’s more, the main carparks are located literally out front of the main entrance.

Of course, we all know that summer school holiday means that the parks will be packed, which unfortunately means that the parks will start utilising their overflow lots. This means that longer walks to the main entrance are to be expected.

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Catching the train is most suited to those visiting from Brisbane and surrounding regions, as well as those further north. While not as comfort as a hire car, it’s often much easier taking the train than fighting the holiday traffic and navigating unfamiliar roads.

Of course, it will probably end up taking you longer to get to and from the parks, as you still need to catch a bus (TX5) once you get off the train.

For Dreamworld/WhiteWater World, you will exit at Coomera Station. For Movie World/Wet’n’Wild, you will need to get off at Helensvale Station. For Sea World, you will need to check the TransLink website for connection information.


Buses are the slowest form of public transport but also have the widest range of pickup points. The best thing to do is search for your preferred route via the TransLink.

Buses can easily be coupled with Tram and Train services to ensure you minimise your travel time. There are also private bus companies that offer door-to-door service, and your hotel will be able to assist in booking a bus company.

Light Rail (Tram)

The Gold Coast’s newest public transport service will do a good job at helping you get around the Coast’s main tourist hotspots, except for the theme parks (except Sea World, kind of). It will aid in helping you get from point B to C, but won’t help with a point-to-point service from your hotel to the parks.

The best thing to do is search the TransLink website to see whether it recommends a bus, train, tram or a mixture of the three.


It’s expensive, but it’s also point-to-point and the quickest option.


With the exception of Sea World, none of the Gold Coast parks are within walking distance to any hotels or motels. Unless you like a brisk walk in the morning with your family, we don’t recommend this option.

Private Bus/Car Service

There are many tourist bus/car services that operate on the Gold Coast. We don’t personally recommend any, so a quick Google search is probably your best bet. Otherwise, ask your hotel front desk for their suggestion, or check on your desired theme park’s website for more information.