Dreamtime way of life helps join all the dots
Dreamworld’s newest attraction is a fun and educational way to learn about a unique culture, writes Donna Kramer
I RECENTLY found out how much a koala really can bear and surprisingly it’s quite a lot.
I used to think they were smelly lazy creatures who were constantly blissed out on eucalyptus leaves but I was proven wrong when our family had a play date with a 14-month-old koala called Mumeri when we visited Dreamworld’s newest attraction, Corroboree.
Mumeri was a cuddly delight as he was passed around from Will, 13, to Ella, 9, and then Jaala, 3, as part of our Australian animal encounter in the new section of the theme park.
He is one of 40 koalas who call Dreamworld’s Corroboree home alongside kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, tree monkeys, snakes and a couple of giant crocodiles.
Getting up close to native wildlife is all part of Corroboree, which is an interactive walkthrough experience celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, wildlife and stories. And hats off to Dreamworld – it is the first theme park in Australia to develop a stand-alone attraction about the history, culture and way of life of our indigenous people.
Seven years in the making, Corroboree was created in consultation with indigenous language groups and people from throughout Australia and the Torres Strait Islands who shared their intimate knowledge of native culture, storytelling, artwork and relationship with the surrounding environment.
I’m always wary of cultures becoming commercialised for financial gain under the banner of tourism but there were no traces of this at Dreamworld.
Corroboree is an authentic hands-on showcase of the Australian indigenous way of