In the 1980s the park began to expand in size, building on the former grass car parks. Take an aerial look at Towers Street under construction and the area prior to any development.
A look over Aqualand (Mutiny Bay) featuring the Octopus and Cine360 (which would become the 3D Cinema) on the site now occupied by Sharkbait Reef. In the lower right hand corner you can see the coloured canopy of the Crown Carousel and the white Cable Car station. Both of these would be removed at the end of the 1986 season to make way for the Tea Cups.
The other end of Aqualand. The Mississippi Showboat sits in the top right hand corner, where the Sales and Info kiosk sits today. In the courtyard you can see the outdoor tables of the Pizza Place restaurant (today the Courtyard Tavern) and at the bottom of the picture are the buildings which housed the Aquarium and Shell Shop.
The grey circle marks the spot where the Big Top once resided before it was moved to the site of the Ice Arena. It looks to have been removed for winter maintenance. Everything in this picture has since become backstage areas, today housing the maintenance and Skyride storage facilities. The trees at the top of the picture mark the current border of Mutiny Bay.
Alongside the Towers Street Construction can be seen the park’s entrance gates and tower, which were built the previous season. Note the space already in place for the Monorail to run along the entry gates. The trees on either side of the entrance are the same one highlighted in the previous section.