Magic Mountain, Nobby Beach

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Magic Mountain
Magic Mountain, Nobby Beach.jpg
Location Nobby Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates 28°3′41.99″S 153°26′23.4″E / 28.0616639°S 153.439833°E / -28.0616639; 153.439833Coordinates: 28°3′41.99″S 153°26′23.4″E / 28.0616639°S 153.439833°E / -28.0616639; 153.439833
Owner Page Newman (1962-1976)
George Carrett (1976-1982)[1]
Opened 1962 (1962)[1]
Closed 1991 (1991)[1]
Previous names Original name unknown[2]
Visitors per annum 40,000 (in 1962)[2]
Rides
Total 10
Water rides 1

Magic Mountain is a now defunct amusement park in Nobby Beach, Queensland, Australia which operated from 1962 to 1991. The amusement park was situated atop a mountain which now houses a variety of properties.[1]

Origins[edit]

In 1962, Page Newman built the Nobby Beach chairlift that later formed part of the Magic Mountain entertainment park. A cafeteria was built on top of the outcrop. It was a gamble that paid off, in its first year of operation the chair-lift carried 40,000 people. A Magic Castle was built, giving the park the "magic" theme. Page Newman sold the park in 1976 to George Carrett. Carrett owned the park until 1982 when it was sold again. In 1983, the new owner commenced intensive development with A$13.6 million spent to extend the Magic Mountain theme park.[1][2][3]

Attractions[edit]

  • Castle
  • Chairlift
  • Chair O Planes
  • Dodgem Cars
  • Double-Decker Carousel
  • Parachute Drop Tower (Giant Drop)
  • Plane Ride
  • Train
  • Splashdown
  • Ball Pit
  • Jumping Castle
  • Giant Cargo Nets
  • Carousel
  • Tram ride
  • Magic Show in dedicated theatre
  • Flickers (Old B&W silent movies)
  • [1][2][3]

Closure and demolition[edit]

Magic Mountain closed in mid 1987 and remained a derelict unused site until 1991 when the land was cleared and subdivided into two portions in 1995. The defunct site was briefly used as a set for a scene in the remake of the TV series Mission Impossible.

The land was sold and is now the site of restaurants, shops and predominantly, Magic Mountain Resort Apartments, named in its memory. The only remnants of the chairlift is a street sign, Chairlift Avenue. [4] The chairlift was moved to Dreamworld,[5] while the parachute tower was moved to Australia's Wonderland. Both attractions have since been closed.[5]

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Potts, Andrew (3 March 2010). "What a magic place". Gold Coast Sun. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Potts, Andrew (10 March 2010). "It was magical at the top of the mountain". Gold Coast Sun. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Wiseman, Neil (22 August 2010). "Progress saw the magic slide away". Sunday Mail. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  4. ^ McRobbie, Alexander (1984). The Fabulous Gold Coast. Pan News. p. 416. 
  5. ^ a b "Skylink Chairlift (Dreamworld)". Parkz.