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Palmersaurus Dinosaur Park

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by Heath Hewitt (subscribe)
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.

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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
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.

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Watch out for this ferocious fella.


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.

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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.

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Remember to look up!


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.

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Seriously - that's one cool entrance.


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.
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Why? To see realistic robotic dinosaurs up close and in person
When: Seven days a week, 10am-9pm
Phone: 1800 266 586
Where: Inside the Palmer Coolum Resort
Cost: Adults $37.50, Children 5-14 $19, Under 5 Free, Family Pass (2 Adults, 3 Children) $100
Your Comment
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.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11312) 1317 days ago
Thanks for your article. I would like to take my family there sometime my kids would enjoy it.
by schal (score: 2|149) 1315 days ago
Having a dino mad grandson I guess I will have to stump up the cost to take him! But that will work out at $180!
by Katsm (score: 0|7) 1314 days ago
I've heard it's closed. In addition there is no mention of it on the website listed. Getting pretty awful reviews on TA. Does it even exist if it doesn't have a website?
by smith (score: 1|57) 459 days ago
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.
by bron (score: 0|2) 660 days ago
Unfortunately Palmer's Coolum -where the dinosaur park is located has been closed for over 6 months.
by janet (score: 1|10) 565 days ago
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!!!
by wings (score: 1|12) 542 days ago
This attraction is closed......
by clint (score: 0|6) 469 days ago
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