Border uncertainty delays Dreamworld, WhiteWater World reopening

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World will remain shut for the time being with owner Ardent Leisure blaming uncertainty over the reopening of Queensland’s borders as one of the main reasons.

That’s despite rival operator Village Roadshow beginning a staged reopening of its theme parks and attractions.

But Ardent Leisure has announced the reopening of the SkyPoint Observation Deck and Climb from July 10.


The company says the dates for the reopening of Dreamworld and WhiteWater World are still to be confirmed, but they won’t be rushed into reopening.

It says it is waiting for more clarity on Queensland’s borders and the lifting of more restrictions while also waiting for the outcome of talks on more funding from the Federal and State Governments.

The Chief Health Officer has approved the reopening of theme parks with 50 per cent capacity, with Ardent Leisure pinning its hopes on all limits being lifted in coming months.

“If the current COVID-19 trends continue, we hope to be able to operate at full capacity in time for the busy September holiday season, Ardent Leisure Theme Parks and Attractions CEO John Osborne said.

“It will take some time to properly implement various COVID SAFE measures and to recommission our rides and attractions.

“We will not compromise the safety and wellbeing of our team members, loyal passholders and guests by rushing our re-opening.”

Ardent Leisure says they are seeing an increase in demand from people wanting to return to theme parks on the Gold Coast.

It comes after Village Roadshow Theme Parks announced the progressive reopening of its parks from next week.

Seaworld will be open first, welcoming back visitors from next Friday.

Australian Outback Spectacular will reopen to audiences on July 3, while Movie World and Wet ‘n’ Wild will wait until July 15.

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