North of Perth in a little place called Two Rocks,perched up on a hill overlooking the ocean, sits King Neptune……..guardian of Atlantis,but now former guardian of the once very popular Marine/Water Park……..called “Atlantis Marine Park”
King Neptune isn’t quite the same as what he was in his former glory back in the 80’s , he’s now sporting painted finger nails and some graffiti along with a few bits and pieces chipped away, but he’s still an almighty figure sticking out of the seaside landscape.
And as for Atlantis Marine Park where Neptune sits, it’s now just an overgrown water world ……. despite that it was once a popular tourist attraction that had performing dolphins ,sea-lions,penguins,turtles and sharks, along with many swimming pools and water activities.
This Park was once part of Allan Bonds ambitious Yanchep Sun City idea.
In the 70’s Bond had bought 20,000 acres of a failing sheep station in Yanchep ,with the future vision of creating a massive resort and residential area.
Atlantis was a jewel in the crown,attracting thousands of people a week,Bond had plans to expand Atlantis even further,but he never got pass stage one.
Financial troubles eventually forced the end of Atlantis,with it closing in the 90’s only 9 years after its opening.
Walking through the gap in the fence that day we visited Atlantis,was nearly as exciting as if we were taking a step back in time and visiting the park in its heyday!
Wondering where the winding overgrown footpaths would take us………and trying to work out along the way what everything may have been.
Neither of us had never visited Atlantis,we had no clue what it once looked like, until researching it later on.
This was our visit wandering through what remains and imagining what was!