What do you do when you’re a fantastically rich mining tycoon who already has a life-sized replica of the RMS Titanic? Build your own Jurassic Park! Though this sounds like the plot of a wacky comedy, Australian gazillionaire Clive Palmer is constructing his very own dino playground at his coastal resort.
This dinosaur dream has been a longtime in the making for Palmer. The businessman applied for a permit to start building over a year ago, but faced resistance from local residents in Yaroomba, Queensland who thought the gimmick “might lower the place’s reputation.” We see their point, but the authorities sided with Palmer and recently gave him the go-ahead to start work on the park.
The mining magnate wasted no time getting the ball rolling on the project, flying in state-of-the-art robotic “specimens” which are “animated with moving limbs and lifelike roars.” According to the Palmer Coolum Resort’s webpage, “40 prehistoric creatures landed last week” and in total the park will feature over 150 different kinds of dinosaurs. Yes, that includes a T-Rex, who’s been named Jeff. (We’re assuming that’s in honour of Jeff Goldblum from Jurassic Park.) The park won’t only be fun and games, as the Palmer Coolum says it will: “ensure the dinosaurs blend seamlessly into the natural vegetation and create a realistic prehistoric environment that will be entertaining, informative and educational.”
In case you’re thinking of taking a trip to check out the massive robo-dinos, you should start saving now: suites at the Palmer Coolum start at $270.00 a night. We wonder if room service offers Jell-O?