Crocodile Hunter wants to build theme park in Brisbane

Posted Friday, October 17, 2003 4:59 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin revealed plans for his new business venture yesterday, a $100 million AUD theme park in Brisbane, at the same time as he announced that he had also settled his differences with Caloundra City Council and that his Australia Zoo would remain intact at Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast.

Read more from The Courier Mail.

Friday, October 17, 2003 5:25 AM
That dude has become and industry unto himself. I didn't know how successful someone with ADD could be without his Ritalin.
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Friday, October 17, 2003 5:42 AM
Ironic... I heard on the radio this morning that Kiss wants to build a theme park in Australia, too.

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Friday, October 17, 2003 6:01 AM
Crikey!

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Friday, October 17, 2003 6:02 AM
rollergator's avatar By crikey, if Steve and Terri built a theme park I'd be willing to bet she'd be a beauty....g'day, mates!
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Friday, October 17, 2003 6:19 AM
KISS,

I can tell you for sure that I am not getting on anything called "The Tongue"!

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Friday, October 17, 2003 8:58 AM
Jeff's avatar Good timing... I'm going to be Steve Irwin for a Halloween party tomorrow. I've got a plush gator I was thinking I'd put in my pants with the tail sticking out.

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Friday, October 17, 2003 10:12 AM
Funny thing is, Most of the Australian public dislikes Irwin. One of my good friends is from Oz, and he really dislike him, they all think he is a totall cook. Should be interesting to see how something like that could do.

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Friday, October 17, 2003 11:13 AM
Yup they dont air his show's in austrialia dont want kid's trying that stuff.

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Friday, October 17, 2003 2:19 PM
Seeing as I was just in Brisbane for two weeks this summer, it was bittersweet to see this topic because I want to return so bad. I was there on a mission trip and stayed with four college guys. They do all hate Irwin. They hate the image he makes for the Aussies. Most Americans think of outback-living, kangaroo-riding hicks when it comes to Aussies. But then again, the way Americans are portrayed is in the Simpson and movies like Dude, Where's My Car. The country is in need of coasters, but my question is whether this would actually going to be in Brisbane, or would it go in the proximity of his Australia Zoo which is about a 45 minute train ride outside of Brisbane? His Zoo has progressed very nicely, so I do not think he'd neglect a theme park. Sounds cool to me! Might have to ask my Aussie mates what they'd think of it though because they do live there in Brisbane.
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Friday, October 17, 2003 3:33 PM
Let's think for a minute, he builds a park and then next minute you hear his say "Crikey that crock is attacking a guest". Some things should not be touched.
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Friday, October 17, 2003 6:03 PM
The land he's looking at is in Brisbane, not up at Beerwah where Australia Zoo is. He's expanding Australia Zoo as the true wildlife park, with the animals and whatnot. Then in Brisbane, he wants to build a Crocodile Hunter park in Brisbane, themed to everything that makes the Croc Hunter "tick". Though the Crocodile Hunter is Steve Irwin, you must realise that Steve Irwin isn't the Crocodile Hunter. Sure, in real life, Steve is certainly very similar to the Crocodile Hunter, but the Crocodile Hunter is really a character - one that sells. Much like Marilyn Manson is Brian Warner, or Woody Allen is Allan Konigsberg - but not vice-versa.

I must congratulate the Australian know-it-alls. I wouldn't venture to say that Australians hate or dislike him, because simply that is not true. He certainly doesn't have the Australian following anything like his USA or international following, and many Australians don't realise that, or really know how big he is. People always take the piss out of him with the, "Crikey...!" remarks, but that's not hate, that's just Australian culture coming into play.

Yes, he stereotypes Australians, but everyone stereotypes everyone these days, and indeed all through history it's been exactly the same. Anyone that feels genuinely affected by stereotyping really needs help.

Now, as for the park, I wouldn't go around expecting a coaster capital of Australia. In fact, I'd be surprised if the place opened with a single coaster or thrill ride (but I'd love to be proven wrong :)). The fact that he's got his eyes on land right near the airport suggests right there that it's not aimed at locals, but rather international guests.

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Friday, October 17, 2003 7:48 PM
Jeff's avatar We eat that crap up here in the states and find it funny. British humour, however, doesn't go over as big, but certainly has its audience.

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Sunday, October 19, 2003 12:26 PM
Ya got it, Jeff! He "may" not be as widely televised in Australia, as he is in the US. Up here he's on Animal Planet and the NBC/Discovery Channel thing on Sat. mornings. Down there he "could" just be a regional phenom. We can all think of tv shows where we live that annoy the crap out of us too, just like "some" aussies are irritated by Irwin. On my way to HW this past August me and my friend James listened to some countdown show, and one of their little spots that came out in a European magazine was a top100 list of people Europeans thought of when they thought of the USA. Of the few I can remember, #5 was Martin Luther King Jr., #4 was Abraham Lincoln, and #1 was Homer Simpson! So, when you really look at what Homer's all about, then you get an idea of what much of rest of the world thinks about us! Stereotyping...maybe? By the way, since this is a coaster site, I think if Irwin does build a park it will have at least one family-style coaster. Why not!
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Sunday, October 19, 2003 7:18 PM
Crikey, He's A Big One, Mate!

As if Australia Zoo wasn't enough for Steve and Terri Irwin? Now they want a theme park? Sounds kinda interesting from a guy a who loves to chase things we wouldn't hesitate to run from. Seriously, I think Steve's new venture will sure be... well... an adventure. I wonder what rides they'll have. Maybe a rollercoaster with a Croc pond! =)

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Sunday, October 19, 2003 8:50 PM
I still don't understand why Australia hates Steve Irwin. Why is he a stereotype for the Australians?

Here in the states, we have Jeff Corwin. Should we think that he stereotypes all Americans? Just doesn't seem logical to me.

Both of these guys do things most people wouldn't even dream of imagining.

They are both entertaining.

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Sunday, October 19, 2003 11:02 PM
He's a stereotype of Australians in the same way that Mick Dundee was 20 years ago - and it's nothing to do with crocs. :) A stereotype like this arises from mass media exposure of the person in question. I'd say Steve Irwin is far less of a stereotype than Dundee was - I mean you still see that one in action today, whereas I think it's very rare than a foreigner actually expects to see Croc Hunters everywhere (they do to an extent expect all the usual things from Crocodile Dundee, a la The Simpsons).

And hey, I hadn't heard of Jeff Corwin until I did a Google search to see what the hell you were talking about. Hate to break it to you (I don't know if it comes as a shock to you, but it is true), but George Bush would probably have to be the stereotypic American these days - certainly in Australia (I can't speak for other countries). Mention America in a conversation, and I guarantee that Bush's traits will come out as descriptive words for most Americans. And I'm sure if you guys bring up Australia, you've got a few "Crikey!"'s coming out eventually.

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Monday, October 20, 2003 4:51 AM
Jeff's avatar No wonder half the world hates us if it thinks we're all like George Bush. When will his advisors convince him not to speak unless he has a script?

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Monday, October 20, 2003 6:04 AM
rollergator's avatar After they convince him that a C student who *somehow* becomes president really does come off as stupid to the 2/3 of the American public smarter than him....to make no mention of how it looks to the rest of the world...

On the flip side, Steve Irwin, Jeff Corwin and even "the barefoot guy with a death wish" Rob whatshisname from Animal Instinct, those guys really ARE pretty smart guys.
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