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This was one of the main reasons we decided to stay in Surfers, and why we were also spending three nights there. Dreamworld is a theme park, along the lines of Disney, MGM Studios and a wildlife park all rolled into one. It's where the Australian Big Brother series was filmed, which we'd got into watching in Sydney.
We had a pretty early start, and a bit of a walk in the sun to the bus stop. I think we'd just missed a bus as we had to wait about half an hour for the right bus to come along. Anyway, we were off, and before long were at Dreamworld. We seemed to have beaten the crowds and didn't have to wait too long for any of the attractions, which included a drop ride called Giant Drop, which doubled as the track for another rollercoaster called the Tower of Terror, which basically fires you along a track, magnets hold the car on the track as it hurtles 38 storeys up the side of the drop tower, then sends you plummeting back down in reverse. There were also other rollers, including Wipeout, a twisting arm thing over water.
We spent a bit of time at Tiger Island and saw a demonstration and a talk about the tigers, went round the wildlife area, where you could meet the kangaroos and hold a koala (but we didn't) and also see the cassowaries, which are very endangered wild birds, with a reputation for being fierce - they have big claws like velociraptors. Then we headed for the Big Brother house, which you could get into and see round on the tour which also explained how it all worked (the series had finished just before we left Sydney). It was weird being in the house when we'd seen it on TV, but pretty interesting as well.
We also went on a runaway mine car ride, a river rapids ride and the log flume - all good fun, and energetic enough to tire us out. And so it was back to the bus, back to the hostel and a takeaway pizza for dinner. We had to to pack tonight, as we were heading to Noosa the next day, via Brisbane.