THEY GOT IT HALF RIGHT: Aussie World has been named one of the top amusement parks in the South Pacific, but the Coast’s natural attractions – such as Noosa’s Main Beach, Caloundra’s Happy Valley and Mooloolaba Beach, all below – failed to fare as well.
THEY GOT IT HALF RIGHT: Aussie World has been named one of the top amusement parks in the South Pacific, but the Coast’s natural attractions – such as Noosa’s Main Beach, Caloundra’s Happy Valley and Mooloolaba Beach, all below – failed to fare as well. CONTRIBUTED

Aussie World rates in the South Pacific's top 10 theme parks

THE THEME-park juggernauts of the Gold Coast have a bit of competition, with the Sunshine Coast's Aussie World named in the South Pacific's top 10 amusement and water parks.

The honour, which came after voting by travellers in the Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice awards, ranks the Palmview venue up with attractions such as Sea World, Dreamworld and Warner Brothers Movie World, as well as New Zealand's famed Splash Planet.

"What a wonderful award to receive," Aussie World marketing manager Melinda Haeusler said when she heard the news.

"We're so pleased to have made the top 10 as these awards are based upon genuine feedback from guests who have been to Aussie World and who want to share their experience with others.

"We put a lot of effort into making sure that everyone who comes to Aussie World has a memorable and happy time and this goes to show our hard work has paid off."

A Sunshine Coast Destination spokeswoman said it was a huge testament to the commitment Aussie World had made to tourism.

"Aussie World have invested pretty heavily over the past two years, which has just been fantastic," she said.

"I think any sort of awards always sets an excellence benchmark for the entire tourism industry."

Australia Zoo, Under Water World and Top Shots Fun Park all received Certificates of Excellence.

Despite the accolades for our manmade attractions, the Coast's world-recognised natural assets missed out.

No Sunshine Coast beach made the nation's top 10, which included Burleigh Heads, Coolangatta, Byron Bay and Manly Beach.

The Coast as a whole also missed out on the top 25 destinations in the South Pacific.

Trip Advisor is the world's largest travel site.



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