CustomBuiltRainforestExhibit BrisbaneAustralia

Gondwana Rainforest Sanctuary

The Gondwana Rainforest Sanctuary was built in 1992 at South Bank Parklands, in Brisbane Australia. Although no longer in place, the project is a fantastic example of large scale theming design and construction.

Established at a site beside the Brisbane River, the sanctuary featured many species of Australian birds, marsupials and reptiles. Specifically, the marsupials included koalas, wallabies, brushtail possums and ringtail possums. The reptiles included a range of Australian lizards and snakes.

The sanctuary was a huge aviary with habitats for many birds and animals. Housed within a synthetic basalt rock structure, it was an open-air climate-controlled environment. Natureworks designed the rocks and animal habitats to blend sympathetically with the local surroundings.

We used artificial trees, rocks and caves to create a naturalistic habitat for rainforest birds and animals. In addition, we provided realistic sculptures of native animals. We also created an educational exhibit with prehistoric rainforest creatures and fossils.


The philosophy behind the Gondwana Project

The aim of Gondwana Rainforest Sanctuary was to highlight the importance of rainforests to our survival. Did you know Australia is the only country in the western world with its own rainforests? Therefore we should lead the world in educating the community about the need to conserve this dwindling resource. As a way to communicate this, Gondwana became a conservation focal point for Brisbane in the 1990s.

More information on this project

Take a peek at our Gondwana brochure for detailed information and photos of the rainforest exhibit.