Sea World opens on the Gold Coast
Sea World founder Keith Williams (1929–2011) talks about its origins as a waterski show. Sea World opened on the Gold Coast on 30 October 1971.
A popular tourist destination, the theme park includes rides, an oceanarium and a marine mammal park. It was the first theme park in the region and is now joined by Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast which opened in 1991 and 1984 respectively.
This short clip uses archival footage effectively to build a portrait of Sea World's humble beginnings and show what it's become. The lack of information about the other Gold Coast theme parks is frustrating but it is an understandable result of the chronological narrative format employed by this news special.
The excerpt comes from the Seven News Brisbane special Queensland: Flashback 150 Years, broadcast on 30 May 2009. It was produced for the 150th anniversary of the state of Queensland. Queensland formally separated from New South Wales on 6 June 1859.