Atlantis Marine Park, Two Rocks, then and now. – Abandoned Park

Modern footage taken with the DJI Osmo and the Mavic Pro drone in 4K

Thanks to the following for the old footage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7JlOSXAU3g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw-er2kM3o8&t=111s

Its great people post this old footage for us all to enjoy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantis_Marine_Park

Atlantis Marine Park

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Atlantis Marine Park
Atlantis dolphins 1980s
Feeding the dolphins, c. 1985
Slogan Atlantis marine park for the enrichment of mankind [1]
Location Two Rocks, Western Australia, Australia
Coordinates 31.496348°S 115.586320°ECoordinates: 31.496348°S 115.586320°E
Opened 1981
Closed August 1990
Status Abandoned
Atlantis Marine Park is an abandoned theme park built in 1981 in Two Rocks, a small fishing community 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Perth, the capital of Western Australia. The park was a major feature of Alan Bond’s Yanchep Sun City plan. It closed in August 1990 due to financial difficulty.

Contents
1 History
2 Dolphins
3 Current situation
4 References
5 External links

History
In the 1970s Bond purchased 20,000 acres of land in Yanchep with a plan to build a large resort and residential area.[2] The Park was constructed in 1981 with the hope that Perth’s rapid expansion would be accompanied by an equal growth in tourism. Six months before the park was opened, seven bottlenose dolphins were caught locally and trained as performance animals for the next ten years. The park was opened by the Premier of Western Australia the Hon. Ray O’Connor and the chairman and president of the Tokyu Corporation Mr Noburu Gotoh. In his opening speech Mr Gotoh explained that Atlantis was the first element in an expansion plan to make the Yanchep Sun City a premier leisure recreation region.

In 1988, three female dolphin calves were born, which as a result of changes in regulations for holding marine mammals meant Atlantis would have to construct a larger dolphin enclosure. This, coupled with the park gradually losing money, was the reason for the owners closing Atlantis in August 1990.[3]

Dolphins
Prior to the park’s opening, seven bottlenose dolphins were caught from the local coastal population and were used as performance animals for the next ten years. At the time Atlantis closed in 1990, the park had nine dolphins, six wild born, and three captive born juveniles.

With the closure of the park, the owners Tokyu Corporation of Japan agreed to a proposal by Dr. Nick Gales, a marine park veterinarian and research scientist to fully fund the release of the animals to the wild, provided it would end their financial commitment to the dolphins. The project to release the animals into the wild began in March 1991; the rehabilitation program began in the park pools and eventually moved to a sea pen at the Two Rocks Marina in October 1991. The dolphins were fully released into the wild in January 1992.[3]

The initial release encountered problems, with some of the dolphins losing a lot of weight; three of them were recaptured and returned to the sea pen. The three recaptured dolphins were not re-released to the wild, but were relocated to Underwater World (now the Aquarium of Western Australia).[3]

Current situation

King Neptune in 2012.
Since its closure in 1990 the park has been abandoned and vandalised,[4] though the site was featured in the CBBC programme All Over the Place – Australia in March 2014. The site is currently owned by property developers, the Fini Group. A plan has been put forward to the City of Wanneroo to develop the area into a mix of retail, commercial and entertainment land uses. In the plan, key features of the Marine Park such as King Neptune would be retained.

After a several months long restoration, the King Neptune sculpture and surrounding area was reopened to the public in May 2015.[5] The sculpture was previously heritage listed by the Western Australian Heritage Council in 2006.

Comments

Derrick Murphy says:

sad in a way to think of the family holidays spent here and fun times and now its gone.a lot of people in these old shots are long gone too.times moves on pretty fast and things change.but we have some vivid memories and thanks to people like you some get to relive those wee memories.

Jay Sinfield says:

Good to see nature reclaiming the land. I wonder who owns it now and what it will become. It would be nice if it could remain as natural bushland.

Gary Brubacher says:

Well done, thanks for the story JJ :<)

Chalron Bjork says:

This makes me feel sad; lots of good memories

Jackel Jackel says:

The effort and research you put into this video is amazing. Thanks mate.
What an impact Bond had on our state. I should look into his story and fortune a bit more.

Kirby Meehan says:

My mum lives in two rocks now, so we are there whenever we visit from the UK. The statues are still dotted around the shopping area and car park. I recall Neptune used to be in a quite a state but some volunteers spent time cleaning him up a couple of years ago. One of those volunteers went to Swanleigh with us, but he would have been a few years behind you JJ. I started the year you finished.

JJ Prince says:

Oooo! Another JJ Channel! Cool!

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