Dreamworld, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Australia’s biggest theme park is set amongst remnant vegetation and numerous waterbodies and has been in operation since 1981.
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.
This Plant Species Masterplan guides future plantings within the various precincts across the whole of the Dreamworld site.
Entry and Main Street
The existing Entry and Main Street precinct is the focal point for the theme park. It provides an entry/exit point and primary meeting space.
Essential to this area are the views through the space as well as to other precincts. A lush leafy character which reflects sub-tropical Queensland is envisaged for this Main Street.
Ocean Parade vegetation character is to reflect Australian Beach Culture. Trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers which are indigenous to and reflect coastal area vegetation and provide visual interest are proposed.
Tiger Island is to be of a lush green vegetation character. This reflects the dense rainforest and lush grasslands of India where Bengal tigers are traditionally found. Bamboo is to be the dominant plant within this precinct.
Rivertown and Gum Tree Gully
The Rivertown precinct is currently dominated by existing mature Eucalypts. These trees are central to creating the character of an Australian town beside the water. Australian native river/creek vegetation character is envisaged for this area.
Australian Wildlife Experience
Australiana comprises 3 definite zones: Rainforest, Australiana and Dryland/Outback. Planting within the various precincts is generally representative of these zones.
The plant palette consolidates existing species where appropriate and is also supplemented by other suitable Australiana plants.