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May 23, 2022

Byron Shire’s first theme park

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Candle making is expected to be a popular activity at Billinudgel World. Photo supplied.

A development application has been made by a company called Gross Profit Inc (GPI) to create a ‘rural living’ theme park in the north of the Shire. It is believed the company consists of a number of local business people, most of whom live in Brisbane.

The proposed park, which will be known as ‘Billinudgel World’, is described in a press release from GPI as ‘a first for Byron Shire, combining the mass attraction of Gold Coast theme parks, the boutique sensibility of the alternative culture, and the simple work ethic of the rural lifestyle’.

When tourists tire of the breath-taking rides and glittering sideshows envisaged for the park, says the press release, they will be able to sample local foodstuffs, sniff different varieties of herbs, engage in candle-making and bong-carving, and learn how to herd cows and to milk llamas.

Residents of Billinudgel have been aware for some time of the quiet purchasing of properties in the town by interstate interests, but the purpose of the acquisitions was unknown until now.

The PR from GPI concludes, ‘Billinudgel World will have the distinction of being the first geographical themed park to be built on the very site it purports to emulate, and to consist of exact replicas of the very same buildings it occupies’.

A little April Fool fun.

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  1. While this is tongue in cheek, we actually already have it with the North Byron Parklands pretend ‘hippy’ festivals


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