Dreamworld is a sprawling theme park in Coomera, North of the Gold Coast. Set amongst remnant vegetation and numerous waterbodies, this theme park has been in operation since 1981.
Due to the nature of the ever-expanding theme park over many years, there has been limited assessment of the existing and introduced vegetation.
The theme park is segmented into various precincts spread across 85 hectares of land. Each precinct includes a separate character based around the theme for the precinct. Vegetation across the site had a somewhat limited input into the character of each precinct.
The commissioning of this project required the assessment of each precinct character including a full assessment of all vegetation found in each precinct. The task was then to determine appropriate species based on existing valuable species worth retaining and the nature of the precinct's character and theme.
The Vegetation Masterplan forms a reference document for any upgrades to each precinct as the theme park continually evolves. Vegetation character makes a significant difference to the overall character of any precinct and in addition to this the local conditions were important to determine the survivability of any introduced vegetation.
In 2006, Dreamworld opened Whitewater World. This was a $60 million investment filled with many types of water rides and thrilling experiences. This section of the theme park also underwent a detailed vegetation character assessment for an additional number of precincts in the new theme park.
The aim of both vegetation masterplans was to strengthen the overall themed character of each precinct which already had strong built form themes however lacked integration with the surrounding natural environment.