The aim of the study is to investigate and examine the motives of tourists to visit theme parks or events with a focus on the Gold Coast. This study was conducted to understand the internal and external motives to visit theme parks, which shows an international growing particularly during the month of November 2016 and make theme parks top tourist destination sites across the Gold Coast. There is a large body of research which has discussed the motivations of tourists to visit theme parks and events (Egresi& Kara 2014; Bansal&Eiselt 2004; Dong& Siu2012; Crompton& McKay1997). However, there is limited research focusing on the Gold Coast theme park in Australia. Therefore, the aim of this study is to fill this research gap by focusing on whether the motives of domestic tourists and international tourists are different.