Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published December 15th 2013
Update April 11th 2016
This venue is permanently closed
Bring out your inner dinosaur connoisseur at this dino park
It looks like Jeff the dinosaur finally has some friends. The Sunshine Coast's long awaited and somewhat controversial dinosaur park has finally opened at the Palmer Coolum Resort. The park features a staggering 160 moving and roaring robotic dinosaurs - making it the largest dinosaur park in the world.
You'll have a roaring good time at the Palmersaurus.
I felt like a kid again walking through the park, and I certainly wasn't the only one with a smile on my face. During my morning at the Palmersaurus I saw young and old looking on in awe and amazement at the dinosaur replicas. They were of a seriously impressive size - the dinosaurs range in length from 2.5 metres up to a whopping 22 metres long. Height wise they range from one metre right up to 10 metres! No wonder I had trouble fitting some of them into a shot.
Seems like there are plenty of people interested in dinosaurs
It was great to see such a huge variety of dinosaurs as well. There were some well known dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptors, Triceratops, and Brachiosaurus as well as some lesser known prehistoric creatures including Demetrodons, Gastornis and an Ankylosaur. There were even some baby dinosaurs in eggs that would poke their head up and down and of course, a couple in the air such as the Pteranodons and Pterodactylus.
Now, before we continue, you're probably wondering to yourself 'what kind of a name is Palmersaurus?' If so, let me fill you in. The owner of Palmer Coolum Resort is Clive Palmer. He's a mining magnate, billionaire, classic car collector, John F Kennedy fan, a member of the Federal Australian Parliament, and, as it turns out, dinosaur lover. Jeff's the first dinosaur you see when you drive in to the resort. He's added a couple more around the resort in the 12 months leading up to the Palmersaurus opening but this is definitely the big pay off.
You'll be amazed at the size of some of these dinosaurs.
If you've seen Jeff out the front of the resort before then you know what you're in for - I'd say about 99% of the dinosaurs move in some way. Mostly they move their mouths, heads and even their tails. Even their bodies move like they're breathing. I was shocked to see one of the dinosaurs blink! That to be was the scariest feature. Seriously, they should film the next Jurassic Park film out here. It's that good. Check out this video I made and judge for yourself:
They also make plenty of noise! You'll noticed on the railing in front of the dinosaurs there will be a green button. Push that and they'll start moving and making their signature roars. You may notice there are plenty of fake rocks around that have speakers house in them - pretty clever way of hiding them.
You can tell a lot of thought has gone into the placement of the dinosaurs - they're not just scattered around the place. Some have been placed close to trees or near a bush so that when they move they rustle some leaves and make a bit more of a noise. I imagine if it was dead quiet out there at night and you heard that you'd probably jump.
The only thing that'd stop me from going back with friends as we admission price. At $37.50 for an adult and $19 for children aged 5-14 it felt a bit steep. Then again there's no where else around here when I can see dinosaurs.
I think this is one of those places that you bear the brunt of the price just once to see what it is like, and take part in the experience, but probably not spend money on again. Looks like an enjoyable place to visit.
I know the price is a little high which makes it hard for children from low income families to go, but it is cheaper than a lot of other children attractions. I am happy to pay that price for a one off visit.
Your review, with photos and video, was great. Without such a thorough review, I wouldn't even have considered visiting. And $37.50 really is expensive, considering they don't need carers to feed and clean up after them (can you imagine?).
I saw the Dinosaur show at the Queensland Museum years ago, and I think it was either free, or very inexpensive. And Erth's Dinosaur Zoo was only about $20 or so, which I would call reasonable, and it was a whole show, interacting with the audience... And it was totally amazing!!!!
Cost aside, this does look well done, and I think it would be one of those experiences you wouldn't forget in a hurry... But giving money to Clive Palmer feels somehow wrong to me, especially when shows like Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo are around - and *that* was a real experience!!!