Dream­time way of life helps join all the dots

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - FAMILY BREAK -

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

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