This trade ad for B.A. Schiff puts the original Eureka Mountain Mine Ride's design date somewhere in the mid-1950s
This still from a TV commercial for Dreamworld in the late 1980s shows the original ride's track and two-seat cars. The later Eureka Mountain Mine Ride featured larger, four-seat vehicles, a different track design and no turns this tight.
The Parkway... inoffensive like a modern roadhouse. Why a theme park went ahead with this soulless corridor as the park's main exit is anyone's guess.
Something pleasant: Dreamworld's ice cream parlour... without deafening doo-wop music through a dreadful PA system. The concept is great: some light entertainment to draw folks into the parlour, though in several years the playlist remains static (great for passholders!) and the sound system unimproved.
Just chuck a new building right in front of an old one. This screams long-term vision.
Every single attraction in the park is tired, broken or a combination of the two, yet the park focuses again and again on this sort of low-spend addition.
We can be certain it'll be poorly executed, out of place and a totally misguided addition that does nothing to address Dreamworld's colossal shortcomings.
A familiar site in Ocean Parade: construction hoardings. At least these are for something new.
Meanwhile rotate 180 degrees and it's arguably the most pleasantly themed attraction on the Gold Coast.
It's just a shame that the enclosure couldn't look more like a miserable cage if they tried.
The up-close encounters with Sumatran tigers in the newest addition are a highlight of Tiger Island.
You can go face-to-face with a tiger, which is very cool.
The tree trunks do a pretty poor job of sprucing up this ugly, low-budget addition to Tiger Island.
Of course, having areas like the old "Lair" section sitting there empty doesn't help a park that's already utterly devoid of atmosphere.
The attention to detail is a remarkable contrast to the rest of Dreamworld.
It's no stretch to say that Tiger Island is the park's most pleasant area.
Save for a small handful of workers quietly doing their thing, there's really not much happening here.
The mechanical components used to stop boats in the station area sit disassembled in the ride's empty reservoir.
This section of the roof can be removed with a crane to allow the addition and removal of large components.