Dreamworld's twilight magic
THE fun doesn't end at Dreamworld when the sun goes down.
In fact, when Dreamworld's Big 6 thrill rides grind to a halt and the last of the day trippers exit the theme park gates, the fun is just beginning for theme park fans who want to "amp up' the excitement.
This weekend Dreamworld launches Illuminate, an after-hours light and laser show in which guests can leap into the magical underwater world of Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, followed by a spectacular laser show set to deep surround sound.
Illuminate runs daily at 5pm until April 16 and is complimentary for all paying guests.
Tickets for the show can also be purchased separately at the gate at $15 for adults, $10 for children and $35 for a family of four. Each additional child is $5.
If wild encounters at night are more your thing, then go behind the scenes these school holidays to experience Dreamworld's wildlife with a two-hour Sunset Safari tour.
Guests can get up close and personal with nocturnal natives, go spotlighting for Sugar gliders, and check out the veterinary clinic all under the careful guidance of our qualified wildlife staff.
Aussie animals are most active when the sun goes down, so it all adds up to an awesome interactive experience.
Sunset Safaris run from 4.45pm to 7pm with a maximum of 20 people per group.
The specialised tour costs $25 as an in-park upgrade for Dreamworld guests and is only available during Queensland and New South Wales School holidays.
Punters can also ride the perfect wave under the stars at Dreamworld's Flowrider, every Friday and Saturday night where advanced riders can hone their Flowrider skills in stand-up mode.
A $20 ticket will get you a one hour shared session with up to 12 other people or book an hour of power with your mates. In addition, a $5 spectator pass is available for family and friends.
And right next door to Flowrider is RedLine, Australia's first full-motion virtual V8 Supercars experience in which drivers can strap themselves into the V8 Supercars' seat for just $20 for a one-hour shared session and dare to pit their skill against the newest high-speed virtual adventure.
It's open every Friday and Saturday from 5pm.
Night owls can also experience a wave of fun at WhiteWater World's Cave of Waves with Learn to Surf sessions.
It's the perfect learning environment for novice surfers and tourists free from rips, tides, currents, shifting sand banks and nasty marine stingers.
And the passionate and friendly instructors guarantee to get you up first time, every time.
Learn to Surf lessons at WhiteWater World are held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, outside of the park's normal operating hours.
For $115 per person, you get a two-hour surf lesson – with all equipment supplied – and a CD full of pictures to remember.
Then there's Screamworld, where thrillsseekers can ride the wildest wave in Australia on Wipeout. Flip, twist and tumble on a massive 40-seat gondola and hang 10 like never before!
Then there's Nick Central, the coolest kid's zone in the world or action with Screamworld's live DJ.
Pump the adrenalin
GO hard or go home! That's the advice from Dreamworld to those keen to take on Adrenalin Alley.
And this week Sunday News gives readers a chance to try it out by winning our Gold Coast couple's getaway valued at more than $8500.
Adrenalin Alley features the Redline V8 Supercar experience, Australia's first non-stop wave at FlowRider, the $2.5 million AVPX laser combat game and 13 storeys of white-knuckle twists and turns on The Cyclone rollercoaster.
"Adrenalin Alley offers the biggest, the first and the only in one close knit zone," Dreamworld CEO Noel Dempsey said. "The activities are fun to watch but they're even better to experience."
Our winners will have the choice of a virtual queuing device to cut the waiting times for rides, lunch in the Billabong restaurant, or a photo with Dreamworld's tigers.