Queensland is the home of theme parks in Australia. Wet n Wild is one of two water parks on the Gold Coast (the other being White Water World, which we didn’t visit) and it’s a ton of fun for people of all ages! Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast has a great mixture of both thrill rides, relaxing pools to float around in, and kids versions of some of the most popular bigger rides.
We spent a few hours at Wet n Wild, and managed to hit up all of the rides more than once. To get the most out of your day, it’s best to plan ahead and be prepared. We’ve come up with this fab guide to help first time visitors to Wet n Wild Gold Coast, have a day to remember at Queensland’s biggest and best water park!
Table of Contents
- Spend a Day at Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast
- Getting to Wet n Wild
- Surfers Paradise to Wet n Wild by car
- Surfers Paradise to Wet n Wild by bus
- Brisbane to Wet n Wild
- Wet n Wild Opening Hours
- Wet n Wild Ticket Prices
- Single Day Pass
- Village Roadshow Super Pass
- Village Roadshow Mega Pass
- What to Wear at Wet n Wild
- Food at Wet n Wild
- Shopping at Wet n Wild
- Wet n Wild Water Rides
- Mach 5
- Aqua Loop
- Mammoth Falls
- River Rapids
- Super 8
- Family Fun at Wet n Wild
- WetnWild Junior
- Calypso Beach
- Giant Wave Pool
- Whirlpool Springs
- Other Information & Things you Should Know
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Spend a Day at Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast
Getting to Wet n Wild
Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast is super easy to find, whether you’re coming from Surfers Paradise or Brisbane and beyond. The best two ways to get to Wet n Wild are by car or bus. If you’ve already hired a car for your stay in Queensland, or you’re from Australia and have your own car, this is probably the best option.
But don’t worry, even if you don’t have access to a car, taking the bus is easy too!
Surfers Paradise to Wet n Wild by car
It’s super easy getting from Surfers Paradise to Wet n Wild by car.
Head down Gold Coast Highway, then turn onto Smith Street and follow the signs. Leave the Highway at Exit 60, then keep following the signs to Wet n Wild. Use Google Maps to make sure you’re heading in the right direction!
Surfers Paradise to Wet n Wild by bus
If you’re staying in Surfers Paradise, you’ll probably see buses driving around that say Wet n Wild across the front. From what we could tell, these buses tend to make quite frequent stops all over Surfers Paradise. We drove ourselves, so we didn’t need to catch a bus.
Your best bet is to head to Cavill Mall and ask where the best place to wait is, at one of the information booths. There might be a small bus fare, so ask the driver before boarding if you’re unsure.
Catching a bus is definitely the easiest way to get to Wet n Wild if you don’t have access to a car!
Brisbane to Wet n Wild
If you’re driving to Wet n Wild from Brisbane, follow the signs to the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast. Take Exit 60 on the Highway – once you get closer to Wet n Wild, there will be signs directing you.
Use Google Maps to make sure you’re going the right way!
Wet n Wild Opening Hours
During summer (December, January and February), Wet n Wild is open from 10am until 5pm every day.
During winter (June, July and August), Wet n Wild closes at around 3:30pm.
Wet n Wild is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and Anzac Day (April 25th). For updated opening times, click here.
Wet n Wild Ticket Prices
Along with Wet n Wild, there are three other theme parks and attractions under the Village Roadshow brand: Movie World, Sea World and Paradise Country. You can purchase tickets that include entry into all four theme parks, or choose to only visit the parks you’re interested in!
Single Day Pass
Adults – $79 per person
Children (ages 3 to 13) – $69 per child
Entry – Wet n Wild for one day only
Village Roadshow Super Pass
Adults and Children – $149 per person
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)
Entry – Seven consecutive days into three parks (Wet n Wild, Movie World and Sea World)
Village Roadshow Mega Pass
Adults and Children – $179 per person
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)
Entry – Fourteen consecutive days entry into all four parks (Wet n Wild, Movie World, Sea World and Paradise Country)
What to Wear at Wet n Wild
Since Wet n Wild is a water park, it’s totally acceptable to walk around in a bathing suit or bikini.
If you’re uncomfortable in just a bathing suit or bikini, most rides allow guests to wear a t-shirt over the top. Just ask the ride attendant if you’re unsure.
Whether you choose to wear a t-shirt or rock the park in just your bikini, be sure to always wear sunscreen and reapply every two hours!
Food at Wet n Wild
There aren’t too many places at WetnWild for food, so keep that in mind when visiting. Near the entrance of the park, you’ll see an outdoor cafe/restaurant, serving quick meals such as burgers and fries. Otherwise, there are plenty of stalls and carts throughout the park where you can buy churros, hot dogs, ice cream and more.
If you’d prefer to not spend money on food during your stay at WetnWild, bring along your own snacks! This is totally allowed, and is the cheapest way to go, especially if you’re visiting with a larger group of people. Food at WetnWild is fairly expensive, so keep that in mind if you plan to spend the whole day enjoying the park.
Shopping at Wet n Wild
The souvenir stores at Wet n Wild are located near the entrance of the park, but you’ll find that there isn’t too much of a variety.
These stores also sell bathers, towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, jewellery and more. Be prepared though – souvenirs are quite expensive, just like food and snacks.
Wet n Wild Water Rides
In total, there are 13 water rides at Wet n Wild Gold Coast. Each one is unique in its own way. There are some in total darkness, some where you will drop free-fall style into a waterslide and even one called the Tornado, which is pretty self explanatory!
Below are all of the water rides and attractions at Wet n Wild that are included in your park entry ticket, and any restrictions that apply for each individual ride:
A tube waterslide in complete darkness, reaching top speeds of 40km/ph. This ride is awesome, is pitch black inside except for some very Space Mountain inspired lights along the sides of the slide!
Ride Restrictions: There are only two riders allowed on the Blackhole. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm, and a maximum combined weight of 180kg.
This is a two person tube waterslide, with an almost vertical 11 metre drop. Kamikaze reaches top speeds of up to 50km/ph. Don’t forget to smile for the camera!
Ride Restrictions: Riders must be a minimum of 110cm and a maximum combined weight of 180kg.
There are two options on the Mach 5: choose to slide down the single rider Jet Streams waterslides or take on the Slidewinders, the two biggest slides in WetnWild.
Ride Restrictions: Riders must be a minimum height of 120cm. Riders need to be at least 110cm and a combined maximum weight of 270kg.
In my opinion, this is the best ride at WetnWild! You’ll begin your epic adventure tubing down a 40 metre long tunnel, before spinning around the Tornado and up and down the sides, water splashing on your face and adrenaline pumping through your body.
Ride Restrictions: Up to 4 people can ride the Tornado, however riders must be at least 110cm tall and a maximum combined weight 320kg.
A snake inspired tube water slide, made for up to 3 riders. Enjoy three tight, 260 degree turns down the length of the Constrictor, at a top speed of up to 50km/ph.
Ride Restrictions: Riders must be a minimum of 110cm tall to ride and a combined maximum weight of 270kg.
This slide starts with riders standing on a trap door. You’re then released down a 40 foot drop, into a looping slide at up to 60km/ph. This ride was under maintenance when we visited, so unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to experience it.
Ride Restrictions: To ride the Aqua Loop, riders need to be a minimum height of 120cm, and between 45kg and 120kg.
A tube ride where you’ll be sent on twists and turns all the way to the bottom. Between 2 and 4 people can ride Mammoth Falls at once!
Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 100cm tall, and a combined weight of up to 450kg.
This is the perfect ride for groups of people who are undecided about whether they want a fast paced or relaxing water slide experience. There are two enclosed slides, where you’ll be sent flying down to the bottom at top speeds and two open air slides which are perfect for the kids.
Ride Restrictions: Riders must be a minimum of 110cm tall and a maximum of 135kg to ride.
This is the perfect ride for families and groups of friends! You’ll race head first down 8 colourful slides, reaching speeds of up to 40km/ph. You’ll even be timed, and see how many of your friends and families you beat to the bottom!
Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 110cm tall to race.
This is the only coaster at Wet n Wild, and although we didn’t go on it ourselves, it looks like a lot of fun! You’ll glide up and down a giant surfboard, while spinning around and being rewarded with awesome views of the park.
Ride Restrictions: Riders must be between 140cm and 196cm tall.
Family Fun at Wet n Wild
There are a few rides and attractions at Wet n Wild that are perfect for families and younger kids, as a lot of the bigger rides may not be suitable for visitors of all ages.
A zone created just for kids under 10 years of age. They’ll be able to enjoy kid friendly versions of some of the park’s best rides, such as Tornado and Aqua Racers. There’s also a giant tipping bucket of water, a ton of slides and a water playground.
Ride Restrictions: To use Wet n Wild Junior, kids must be no taller than 140cm.
This is one of the best attractions at Wet n Wild! You’ll float around a giant river on colourful tubes or soak in the sun in one of Calypso Beach’s relaxing retreat areas.
Giant Wave Pool
The perfect place to relax in the refreshing, cool water while you wait for the waves to roll in. There are a ton of deck chairs and undercover gazebos to take a break from the water, perfect for a family lunch!
The waves are on a sequence, so if you’re not comfortable swimming in waves, don’t worry! You can still enjoy the water, and just hop out when the waves start.
There are lifeguards standing by, just incase guests get swept up by the waves. If this does happen, put your hand in the air and a lifeguard will jump in right away. We saw this happen during our day at Wet n Wild, and they acted immediately. You’re in good hands!
Wet n Wild’s very own hot tubs! The perfect place to cool off in summer, or warm up during the colder months of the year. There are a ton of hot tubs for guests to relax in, or swim around in the refreshing water on a hot day.
Other Information & Things you Should Know
1) There are lifeguards at every ride, ensuring the safety of guests and making sure each person meets the ride requirements. Calypso Beach has a lifeguard at every turn, so there are plenty of trained professionals ready, just incase you need some assistance.
2) Be sure to bring sunscreen. But, if you do forget, the souvenir stores next to the entrance of Wet n Wild do have sunscreen available for purchase.
3) The water is heated at Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast. However, due to overnight temperatures and other factors, the pools may not always be the perfect temperature. Don’t worry though. As soon as you get out and start walking around the park in the sun, you’ll warm up in no time!
4) Most of the tube rides requires guests to carry the tubes up to the top themselves. This means that some kids might not be able to ride by themselves, as they will struggle to carry the heavy tubes up multiple steep flights of stairs. It’s best for an adult to carry the tubes to the top, even if they don’t take the slide to the bottom.
5) There are lockers available for a daily cost of $10. Unless you have someone with you who won’t be going on any rides and is happy to hang on to everyone’s bags, purchasing a locker is the best options. You can purchase these from the Surf Shop, located right next to the park entrance.
Wet n Wild Gold Coast is a lot of fun for people of all ages. There’s definitely something for everyone, and you’re guaranteed to have an awesome day! Remember to reapply sunscreen frequently, and wear a hat when you’re not on the rides. Summer in Australia is brutal, and although we applied sunscreen, we still got burnt! Learn from our mistakes, and keep reapplying throughout the day!
Have you visited WetnWild Gold Coast before? What was your favourite ride? Tell me in the comments below!
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