​Gumbuya World expansion to boost tourism

Gumbuya World expansion to boost tourism

The Gumbuya World theme park is set to rival its international counterparts as it undergoes the next stages of a major redevelopment.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, visited Gumbuya World to announce the next stages of the redevelopment project.

Stages 2 and 3 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. 

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.

Following its reopening in December last year, the park welcomed up to 3,000 visitors per day over summer.

“Tourism has never been stronger in regional Victoria and we’ll continue to promote our wonderful regions to Melburnians, other states and other countries.”

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.

These next stages of redevelopment will create up to 485 jobs for Victorians once completed.