Victoria’s favourite theme park is set to rival its international counterparts as Gumbuya World undergoes the next stages of a major redevelopment.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren visited Gumbuya World today to announce stages 2 and 3 of the redevelopment project, which will create up to 485 jobs for Victorians once completed.
The next stages of development come after the success of stage 1, which saw the theme park upgraded with monster water slides, new adventure rides and an expanded wildlife trail.
Following its reopening in December last year, the park welcomed up to 3,000 visitors per day over summer.
Upon completion in 2021, the theme park will offer 50 new attractions, including water slides and adventure rides, as well as a range of onsite accommodation, new cafes, shops, a chocolate factory and a microbrewery. It will also include Indigenous, dinosaur and wool shed precincts for educational programs.
By 2022, it is anticipated that Gumbuya World will attract 750,000 visitors each year from around Australia and the globe – ensuring that tourism will remain strong in the region.
Tourism has been on the rise in Gippsland, with 5.3 million visitors who spent an estimated $858 million in the year ending March 2018 – a significant increase of 12.8 per cent and 12.3 per cent respectively since 2014.
The Andrews Labor Government is supporting tourism and growing jobs in Gippsland through initiatives like the Your Happy Space campaign, which showcases Gippsland and other parts of regional Victoria – demonstrating all the delights on offer.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren
“We’re supporting Gippsland, creating local jobs and growing the region’s economy – the development of Gumbuya World is a prime example of that support.”
“Tourism has never been stronger in regional Victoria and we’ll continue to promote our wonderful regions to Melburnians, other states and other countries.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino
“Once this development is complete, Gumbuya World will join the ranks of the top theme parks in Australia, attracting visitors from far and wide and creating jobs for locals.”
“Gumbuya World is a local icon and thanks to this redevelopment, it’ll be bigger and better than ever before.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020