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Australian theme parks with a variety of rides and a carnival atmosphere are a particular attraction for the young and the young at heart.

When Australians, and visitors to Australia, think of theme parks, they generally think of Queensand's Gold Coast as the place to go.

This is understandable as at least four of the country's biggest and most popular theme parks - three of them owned by the same organisation - are to be found on the Gold Coast.

Here are some of Australia's major and more popular theme parks:

Queensland

On the Gold Coast are Sea World, Movie World and Wet 'n' Wild Water World (all owned by Warner Village Theme Parks which itself is jointly owned by Warner Bros and Village Roadshow), and Dreamworld.

Outside of the Gold Coast, consider Underwater World at the Wharf at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane.

New South Wales

Sydney used to have Australia's Wonderland, later renamed Wonderland Sydney, not too far west from Sydney city centre. Wonderland closed in 2004 and in its place has arisen an industrial park.

Old Sydney Town, a historical theme park on the Old Pacific Highway north of Sydney, closed in January 2003.

A movie-themed park, Fox Studios Backlot, failed to fire and was subsequently closed.

Only Luna Park on Sydney Harbour is left as a fun park with various rides and stage performances. It has had a chequered history as well, having closed and reopened a few times.

Victoria

Victoria has a topnotch historical park in Sovereign Hill in the goldfields town of Ballarat. There also, nightly, the events surrounding the Eureka Rebellion are dramatised.

Close to Melbourne city centre is Melbourne's Luna Park on the beach at St Kilda.

Western Australia

On the other side of the continent, the greater Perth metropolitan area is not to be left behind. It has Adventure World at Bibra Lake about 20 minutes' drive from Perth city centre.

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