Gumbuya World theme park expansion to boost jobs and tourism

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Regional Victorian theme park, Gumbuya World, last week announced stages two and three of a major redevelopment project.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren was there to announce the upgrade to the theme park, which will create up to 485 jobs once completed.

Following reopening of the stage one redevelopment late last year, visitor numbers averaged 3000 per day during summer. That stage of the redevelopment saw the theme park upgraded with monster water slides, new adventure rides and an expanded wildlife trail.  

Minister Eren spoke about the anticipated economic benefits the region can expect as Gumbuya World – located about 75 km south east of Melbourne – continues its expansion. “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”, he said.  

Tourism in the Gippsland region is growing and by 2022 it is anticipated that Gumbuya World will attract 750,000 visitors each year.

Upon completion, 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.  

To see some of the animals and adventure already on offer, watch the video.