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Riding the Redback at Aussie World

Aussie World rides offer something for everyone. But rollercoaster aficionados come from around the world to ride Aussie World’s Wild Mouse, an original wooden coaster from the 1930s. Don’t be fooled by the lack of scary looking loop-the-loops or the cute red carriages which look more than a little like roller skates. This type of coaster is renowned for its small cars which are capable of handling hair-raising sharp curves and generating serious screams.

Wild Mouse at Aussie World
Wild Mouse at Aussie World

After a clickety clackety ride to the top of the first incline the entire ride relies on gravity, sending the cart ricocheting around a series of s-bends that have been known to make macho-looking dads squeal even more loudly than their kids. It’s a rollicking ride with the rolling loops near the end producing negative vertical G forces which make it feel like the car is about to fly off the track. Riders emerge from their shiny red car grinning from ear to ear and most run back to the end of the queue to ride again.

The Wild Mouse is just one of the many things you can do at Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast, a family-friendly fun park which is easy on the wallet compared to the big Gold Coast theme parks. Many of the attractions are also suitable for little ones to ride on solo. Tots will enjoy the Carousel, Giggle Go Round, Tin Lids Tea Party and the Tikes Trolley which has tiny mine carts with pedals the kids stamp down on to make the trolley go. It looked like so much fun that my ten year old wanted a turn but, of course, he was way too big.

Ballroom Blitz
Ballroom Blitz
Leak n' Logs play area with The Plunge in the background
Leak n’ Logs play area with The Plunge in the background

We especially enjoyed the flume ride called The Plunge which skips the boring meandering bits in favour of two rapid descents. Across from this you will find Bug Run, a kid-friendly coaster and the Redback which is one of the few ‘hardcore’ rides. Something we really liked about our day at Aussie World was the friendliness of the staff and the other parents. I met some lovely people while I was waiting for my son who couldn’t get enough of the Redback.

Having fun on the Bug Run
Having fun on the Bug Run

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Dodgem cars
Dodgem cars

Some of the rides will provide parents with a blast from the past. Riding the Dodgem cars is always fun, especially when it doesn’t cost $10 a go. It is also a good undercover option when it rains, as are some of the other classics like the Rock n Roll Rebel and Voyager Simulator ride. We also tried Professor Boggleworth’s Illusionarium, a crazy indoor maze filled with trick doors, mirrors and flashing lights. Only the Giant Slide closes down when it rains so don’t let a few raindrops put you off coming here.

All of us went on the Giant Slide
All of us went on the Giant Slide
This is one of the newest attractions at Aussie World
This is one of the newest attractions at Aussie World
Cheap thrills at Aussie World
Cheap thrills at Aussie World

After a round of mini-golf (also included in the price of admission) we finished our visit with a trip to Side Show Alley which was much cheaper than the Ekka at $5 a go.  None of us won anything big but we did get a cute stuffed toy each time we played. Every player wins a prize at Aussie World but even if you don’t visit Side Show Alley, you are still on a winner. This theme park doesn’t have enough thrill rides to satisfy teens, but if you’re travelling with kids aged 12 and under and feel like some fun, you will definitely find it here.

Disclosure: The writer visited as a guest of Aussie World.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.