Lonely Planet Writer

Crocosaurus complex for Sydney Park?

Sydney’s Olympic Park could house a world-class tourist attraction with a crocosaurus-themed complex or a wildlife zoo among two of the possibilities being mooted.

Sydney's Olympic Park could be turned into a 'crocasaurus' to attract international visitors to the site
Sydney’s Olympic Park could be turned into a ‘crocosaurus’ to attract international visitors to the site Image by Christian Haugen / CC BY 2.0

The authorities at the park are looking for tourism-themed submissions to develop the P5 car park into an international visitor facility.

Another option for the sOlympic Park site in Sydney is that it is turned into a wildlife zoo, which is a major attraction to tourists from Asia
Another option for the sOlympic Park site in Sydney is that it is turned into a wildlife zoo, which is a major attraction to tourists from Asia Image by Bjørn Giesenbauer / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Sydney Inner West Courier reports that residents in the area have also been canvassed for their views and have come up with ideas ranging from a nature park, to an outdoor cinema complex to a restaurant precinct.

Disneyland-themed park has been rules out as the Olympic Park is not deemed to be large enough for such an undertaking
A Disneyland-themed park has been rules out as the Olympic Park is not deemed to be large enough for such an undertaking Image by Nani Leilani / CC BY 2.0

A member of the city’s Chamber of Commerce, David Borger, said the presence of native animals would attract a big tourism market from Asia, adding that the Olympic Park area already had established infrastructure for visitors with hotels and public transport.

Mr Borger believed that a Crocosaurus-style attraction similar to one operating in Darwin, and which afforded people to opportunity to swim near crocodiles within the safety of clear tubes, could also be a runner for the site.

The fact that the area was not large enough to accommodate a Disneyland type park meant that a retro fun park along the lines of Coney Island in New York could work. Or the authorities could decide on bringing a beach to the western part of the city with a wave machine, he added.

Peter Serrao, the park’s commercial manager was delighted with the interest generated and said once new facilities excited people and attracted plenty of visitors, they were open to such tenders.

MP John Sidoti said if the new scheme provided jobs for local and generated tourism dollars, it could only be a good thing.