Construction of Dreamworld’s newest rollercoaster has reached a major milestone today, with the final piece of the ride’s inverted loop being installed.
The new thrill ride, dubbed the Steel Taipan, is expected to be complete by late this year, almost 12 months after the build first began in October 2020.
Part of the ride includes a snake-themed train, which has been custom-designed to fit the “reptilian theme” of the rollercoaster, and also includes the world’s first spinning rear gondola.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
Speaking to reporters at the Coomera theme park today, Dreamworld revealed thrill-seekers will race through a rock tunnel inside the “Taipan’s arid desert home” at up to 105 km per hour, experiencing an “exhilarating burst of darkness” during the 1.2km ride.
“It’s incredibly exciting for our team to celebrate these major milestones and we can’t wait for our guests to enjoy the most unique rollercoaster experience in Australia, right here at Dreamworld,” Dreamworld Chief Executive Officer Greg Yong said.
The project is estimated to have employed more than 200 people across the local economy, with over 100 per cent of trades currently awarded to South East Queensland business.
“This rollercoaster is a first for Condev and we are thrilled to be part of such an exciting project with Dreamworld who have been a world-class attraction here on the Gold Coast for decades, yet they are continuing the raise the bar with this exciting new attraction,” Condev Construction Managing Director Steve Marais said.
“As a local Gold Coast family business, we love working with local Gold Coast clients and utilising the local work force and suppliers.
“We are excited that once completed, this new attraction will inject a much-needed boost into the local tourism and economy.”
Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Steel Taipan would be an “added attraction” for Australia’s theme park capital.
“Every year many thousands of visitors from around the country head to the Gold Coast for a theme park experience,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Dreamworld’s investment in the construction of a new world-class attraction is delivering skilled trade jobs for the Gold Coast’s economic recovery.
“The Steel Taipan’s building milestone recognises the resilience of Queensland tourism and Australians’ love of the Gold Coast as a complete holiday destination.”