Enjoying a test ride on the BUmper cars at the soon to be opened Timezone arcade are, Laquren Parr and Connor Jiggins.
Enjoying a test ride on the BUmper cars at the soon to be opened Timezone arcade are, Laquren Parr and Connor Jiggins. Scott Powick

Timezone makes big return to Coolangatta

MANY Tweed families have fond memories of Coolangatta’s Timezone before it closed down in the early 90s.

Now the family fun centre is due to breathe new life into the recently refurbished Strand Shopping Centre when it reopens on tomorrow.

Timezone owner Juan Uribe who was helping to put the finishing touches on the centre last week, said he was looking forward to seeing families flow into the new facility.

“I’m excited, obviously,” Mr Uribe said.

With just days to go, the centre was buzzing with tradespeople and employees installing and testing the machines, laser skirmish room and bowling alleys.

“Everything is taking shape,” Mr Uribe said.

“We’re just doing the final touches.”

FAMILY FUN: Timezone  Owner Juan Uribe is looking forward to the family fun centre’s return to Coolangatta.
FAMILY FUN: Timezone Owner Juan Uribe is looking forward to the family fun centre’s return to Coolangatta. Scott Powick

With the Surfers Paradise Timezone having attracted big crowds for decades, Mr Uribe said Coolangatta was neglected through its lack of activity options.

“We have been in Surfers for 24 years and we feel that the southern part of the Gold Coast needs some excitement in the form of entertainment, in particular for the families,” he said.

Mr Uribe said 80% of patrons at the Surfers Paradise Timezone were families, followed closely by young adults.

He said the 3000sq m centre in The Strand, which boasts full-sized bowling lanes and a bar, would be a sought-after destination for everything from kids’ parties to work functions.

And the centre has already had many enquiries about bookings, before its phone was even hooked up.

At the end of the day, Mr Uribe said he most looked forward to seeing families enjoy the new centre together.

“The families are my favourite thing,” he said.

“My biggest joy in life is when I see families together, enjoying themselves. That is what makes me happy.”

Coolangatta Timezone will officially open, after a Carnivale-themed street parade from Queen Elizabeth Park to the centre, at 10am (Qld) this Saturday. For more info, visit timezone.com.au.



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