Caribbean Gardens (Scoresby, Vic.)

Roderick Smith

The 610 mm gauge railway was quite major.
The lack had a paddleboat from Ballarat, which was repatriated.
The chairlift came from Whistlestop (Frankston)



'Sad time': Much-loved Melbourne market closes after 55 years July 1, 2020
Caribbean Gardens in Melbourne's east will close its doors to the public after 55 years in operation, with management citing the dire financial circumstances wrought by the pandemic for the closure of the much-loved attraction.
The 40-hectare market and garden area located in Scoresby, in the foothills of the Dandenongs, closed due to public health restrictions at the onset of the pandemic.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday evening – which attracted more than 5000 comments, many of them expressing deep sadness – the business announced the closure would be permanent.
"COVID-19 forced the suspension of the market for the very first time in its history and has now been confirmed closed for the foreseeable future. As a privately-run market in these current circumstances it is simply unviable to reopen," the post said.
"Whilst no immediate plans are in place to replace the market lands, they do form part of a 500-acre future masterplan.
"Although this is a hard decision and a sad time we must celebrate the market's achievement and thank each and every customer, stallholder, visitor and staff for their partnership and for making Caribbean Market the icon it became."
The market, which opened in 1965 and is owned by the wealthy Spooner family, has been visited by 40 million visitors since its establishment, according to its owners.
It included a market that sold a variety of unique products and amusements aimed at children including a mini-golf course, a train around its perimeter, a jungle boat ride around Lake Caribbean, and a chairlift.
A 2013 report by the Motion Picture Association of America identified Caribbean Gardens as one of the most notorious hotspots for the sale of pirated DVDs.
The report said the market had between 10 and 20 individual market sellers "offering counterfeit region one and two DVDs, together with other sellers offering burnt DVDs of recently released titles".
The site, nestled between Stud Road in the east, Ferntree Gully Road to the north and EastLink freeway in the west, was originally used by a handful of stallholders selling from their car boots and for water ski shows on the lake.
More recently, it had more than 1000 stallholders and thousands poured through the eye-catching front gates on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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