Australia 2011 Ah, yes! The Land Down Under! They mysterious continent that gave us some one-hit wonders like Men at Work and Paul Hogan, cuddly koala bears that look down on you with disdain, kangaroos and giant birds that will KILL YOU over an ice-cream cone filled with alfalfa pellets, and Vegemite, an industrial lubricant masquerading as a condiment. There's also this very high bridge you can climb.
I've always wanted to visit Australia, and I enjoyed TPR's tour of part of this vast country, which was full of friendly folks, along with all sorts of bugs, reptiles, and other creatures dedicated to your untimely death. Yes, we saw plenty of animals on this trip, along with gorgeous scenery. I enjoyed the parks, too.
Aussie enthusiasts tend to be a bit sheepish about their parks, but I don't know why. They had plenty of good stuff to offer.
1. Warner Bros. Movie World has one of the best launched Intamin coasters anywhere: Superman Escape (which should not be confused with SF Magic Mountain's Superman: Escape from Krypton, which you won't find at the Australian Magic Mountain).
2. How many wooden Wild Mouse coasters are still running? The Luna Park and Aussie World ones were fun, but I think the latter's coaster was removed.
3. Luna Park Melbourne's Scenic Railway is one of the oldest operating wooden coasters in the world (it's been thrilling riders since 1912).
G'day! Welcome to Sydney! Hope you Bruces and Sheilas aren't feeling too jetlagged.
"Welcome to the Featherdale Wildlife Park. You folks might want to stand clear as I live on very high fiber eucalyptus leaves."
"Oh, god, I feel like I just crapped out half an ice-cream cone."
A bona fide Tasmanian devil! He did not spin around like a tornado, which was a bit disappointing.
What would you call a park with such scenic vistas? Why Scenic World, of course!
This is the home of the infamous Orphan Rocker, a coaster that never opened the the public. I guess this is why you don't build janky coasters along 700-foot cliffs.
I was somewhat less jetlagged when this photo was taken, . . .
. . . but then I encountered this!
The wooden Wild Mouse was wild, indeed. I loved the views of Sydney Harbor from this coaster.
Luna Park's Fun House also had great attractions for the entire family, such as wooden super slides . . .
. . . and 1940s movie hookers? Old school, indeed!
Australian zombies eat at McDonald's. I guess they don't like emu and kangaroo. Is Australia the only country where they eat their National Animal (the kangaroo) and National Bird (the emu)? Seriously, you can get kangaroo and emu as pizza toppings.
Warner Bros. Movie World boasted (at the time) the best coaster in Australia--Superman Escape! There's a cool dark-ride bit, an intense launch, plenty of airtime, and, of course, Superman pushing your train.
Unfortunately, the park also had one of the worst rides in Lethal Weapon.
Jimmy is from Arizona. He's not used to this liquid that falls from the sky!
Even jaded Hollywood moguls are impressed with the park's stunt-car show.
Sea World (not to be confused with SeaWorld) was a very nice aquatic park with another fun launched Intamin: Jet Rescue. It's a very good family coaster.
It's not a visit to Australia unless you see one Great White Shark--preferably behind glass.
Wet 'n' Wild was a nice waterpark, but I'm a bit concerned about this raft.
We had ERT on a Flowrider. This happened to me a few times, too.
Can you name the inspiration behind Australia's Dreamworld? Give it some thought. It will come to you.
Dreamworld's Tower of Terror was like SF Magic Mountain's Superman, right down to having a drop ride on the same tower. We had a great behind-the-scenes tour of this ride.
Er, are you sure this is a good idea? Nice kitty!
Yep--I'm so mean I once shot a man for snorin'! More to come, you mangy polecats!
More from TPR's Australia Trip. Take care not to chunder.
Do not say bad things about Aussie World's Wild Mouse, . . .
. . . or they will come back to bite you in the butt.
We ended up on Australian TV when we rode Redback.
Rock 'n' Roll Rebel was a fun indoor Himalaya.
Welcome to the Australia Zoo, which was founded by the late Steve Irwin. Yes, this cassowary wanted to kill me and everyone else! If anyone doubts the link between dinosaurs and birds, throw them in a cassowary pit. Then they'll believe!
"Yes, yes. I'm adorable. Please move along."
This was Steve Irwin's favorite croc. He's about the size of a Buick.
Killed and stuffed this one myself!
"G'day! I'm your Australia Zoo hospitality host. Can I get you a nice beverage? Perhaps some Vegemite?"
Wonderland Fun Park, whhre we ate some nice cake . . .
. . . and shamelessly credit whored this ride.
Luna Park Melbourne also likes to swallow guests whole.
The Scenic Railway may have been a bit bumpy . . .
. . . but it looked great after dark.
They gave us a walking tour of their ghost train.
Sure, she's dead. Don't judge!
"Woohoo! I'll swallow your soul!"
Luna Park also had a beautiful old carousel.
Welcome to not Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Yes, they had a coaster . . .
. . . but the real attraction was this great alpine slide . . .
. . . in which you're swallowed by a shark!
We checked out a a bit of Canberra before returning to Sydney--and home. That's all until we head to China.
Scenic World looks appropriately scenic. I'd only heard about the place before because of the whole thing with Orphan Rocker, but if I can live through visiting four parks with inoperable RMCs, I can probably handle that one.
Also, calling an SLC "Lethal Weapon" is a little too on-the-nose.
The Great Zo wrote:Scenic World looks appropriately scenic. I'd only heard about the place before because of the whole thing with Orphan Rocker, but if I can live through visiting four parks with inoperable RMCs, I can probably handle that one.
Also, calling an SLC "Lethal Weapon" is a little too on-the-nose.
Scenic World is a beautiful place and worth a visit. I think the SLC has since been rethemed to Batman.
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