Australia's Largest Wooden Coaster Opens on Gold Coast

December 2, 2022, 1:30 PM · Australia's Sea World today opened the country's largest wooden roller coaster - Leviathan, the anchor of the park's New Atlantis land.

Designed by The Gravity Group and built by Martin & Vleminckx, Leviathan stands 105 feet tall with 3,281 feet of track, running to a top speed of nearly 50 mph. Two giant Atlantean warriors guard the entrance to the attraction, which is themed to a sea creature rising from the ocean's depths.

Entrance to Leviathan
Photos courtesy Martin & Vleminckx

To that end, Leviathan's trains feature an ornate depiction of the creature's head.

Leviathan coaster train decoration

As for the ride itself, Leviathan offers another interesting element on its trains. The seats on last vehicle of each train are reversed, providing a backwards ride for visitors choosing the back seats.

Leviathan coaster train

You can see both the front- and rear-facing POV in our on-ride TikTok video.

@themeparkinsider New on-ride POV from Leviathan - Australia’s new wooden #rollercoaster ? original sound - Theme Park Insider

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Replies (3)

December 2, 2022 at 4:25 PM

Reminds me of our old family station wagon when I was a kid, where the last seats also faced backward. Though more air time moments from my Dad’s driving when we were late for church.

December 3, 2022 at 10:35 AM

The entry plaza and ride cars look really nice, and the coaster looks super fun. A good fit for a park that needed more thrill rides.

December 4, 2022 at 6:41 PM

It's impressive for Australia, though I'd like to know what the marketing boffin was on who came up with the tagline: world's most iconic coaster.

Operations haven't been great so far, they didn't have a soft opening, and like most new rides, there will be hiccups. I'm holding off visiting until I see it running more consistently.

The whole precinct itself was a $50 million investment, though that's a lot less in $USD. Next up will be a Wizard of OZ themed precinct at Movie World (also in the same chain) just up the road.

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