Virtual reality dinosaur experience part of $1m upgrade of tourism attraction

A popular Sunshine Coast tourism attraction revitalised with a $1 million upgrade and a new name is set to deliver an extra 25,000 visitors to the region each year.

Amaze World – formerly Bellingham Maze – has launched on the Sunshine Coast and families will be able to experience a new virtual reality dinosaur and treasure hunt with dinosaurs stomping through a new sun-smart maze.

The upgrade also includes a new observation deck, pavilion, nature playground and water play area and amenities.

The name change reflects the added attractions at the 28-year-old tourism venue.

Director of Amaze World, Adam Cheshire says that he and his family are proud to be revitalizing an iconic Sunshine Coast tourist attraction.

“As a destination that has been entertaining and amazing guests for many years, it is so exciting to be giving it a new lease on life,” Mr Cheshire says.

“As an outdoor venue with acres of rainforest, gardens, mazes, puzzles, mini golf and more, we offer an engaging and interactive experience for visitors, any other on the Sunshine Coast.

“With the generous support of the Queensland Government, we have now added an incredible, immersive 21st century tourism experience – augmented reality within the mazes.

“It’s an exciting time for the Sunshine Coast and we are grateful to be a part of its growth and evolution.”

Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt says as the Bellingham Maze, the attraction had been entertaining Sunshine Coast visitors for more than 28-years.

“There’s no doubt in my mind the new Amaze World experience will be a hit with all ages because everybody loves dinosaurs and the thrill of a treasure hunt,” Mr Hunt said.

“It’s predicted Amaze World could deliver an extra 25,000 visitors every year to the Sunshine Coast, generating almost $900,000 in economic benefit for the local tourism industry.”

Member for Nicklin Rob Skelton says Amaze World is another reason to book a Sunshine Coast getaway.

“The upgrade is a great fit with the Sunshine Coast’s reputation as a family-friendly holiday destination, and it’s ready to entertain in time for Easter,” Mr Skelton says.

“Amaze World delivered five new operation jobs for the Sunshine Coast and supported work for 10 trades during construction.”

Assistant Tourism Minister Michael Healy says the Palaszczuk government’s Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund invested $590,000 in the project.

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