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Get an adrenaline rush on a choice of high-octane action rides, including the aptly named Giant Drop, in which you free-fall 120 metres reaching speeds of 135kph in a matter of seconds; the screamingly fast Tower of Terror II roller coaster, which propels you upwards at 4.5Gs reaching speeds of 160kph and giving you 6.5 seconds of weightlessness; and the Cyclone, a high-speed gravity roller coaster.
Or jump on to a full-scale replica 500cc racing bike on Mick Doohan's Motocoaster, a fluid bike-race track featuring 18 high-speed corners on a 600m circuit.
Elsewhere, watch Bengal tigers play and swim with their handlers on Tiger Island, home to six Bengal tigers, six Sumatran tigers and two cougars; and view 800 native animals at the Wildlife Sanctuary where you can also cuddle a cuddle a koala, pat a kangaroo or even feed a crocodile.
Tip: Avoid the queues by buying an Earlybird Pass (A$10 extra) and hiring a Q4U virtual queuing device, which offers advance booking on 11 different rides.
Location: Pacific Highway, Coomera (Around 25km north of Surfers Paradise)
Admission: A$74 adults, A$221 family of 4 (All-inclusive except skill games, souvenir photos and helicopter rides); Free parking
Hours: Daily 10am-5pm; Main St., Plaza Restaurant, and Koala Country open at 9am. Extended hours during Easter and during December and January. Closed December 25 and until 1:30pm April 25 (Anzac Day)
Latest update Gold Coast, Queensland 11 May, 2017
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