Tower of Terror
Brace Yourself: Australia’s Gold Coast is a little off the map for most people, but if you are in the neighborhood, head for this: the fastest, tallest thrill ride in the Southern Hemisphere (and at 100 mph, the fourth fastest in the world). After climbing at a rate of 4 G’s to a heart-stopping height of 38 stories, or 377 feet aboveground, the steel shutter roller coaster has a 6.5 second, 100 mph, zero-gravity drop, and then stretches straight out for the equivalent length of three football fields.
If You Chicken Out: Your choice: head over to the Australian Big Brother House (on the park property) and watch caged reality show contestants battle it out; or make a beeline to Tiger Island, Dreamworld’s exclusive big cat habitat, which features both Bengal and Sumatran tigers behaving better than the Big Brother contestants.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.