Whether you’re slowly climbing that 300-foot chain lift hill or racing out of the station on the freeway faster than a sports car, roller coasters are very effective at attracting thrill seekers and the brave for a quick adrenaline rush. Usually, the logo of any amusement park is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the area. Or theme parks might advertise the number of times their roller coaster reverses, or the amount of time the ride puts the rider through high levels of gravity.
Sometimes, however, the key to marketing roller coasters is to design something really weird, so much so that you wonder if you’re looking at a real roller coaster or a Photoshop passion project with clickbait posters. So here’s a list of orphan Rock roller coasters from Australia, which has no problem making a statement.
This roller coaster will be the first on this list to no longer be in operation. In fact, Orphan Rocker was never officially opened to the public at all! Many things make this roller coaster from 1988 weird, one of which is the scenic view on the edge of a 700-foot cliff in the mountains of southeastern Australia, near Sidney. Another odd element of Orphan Rocker is the seats that swing back-and-forth, despite being on top of the ride. A third weird thing about Orphan Rocker is its name—Orphan Rocker (to be fair, though, it was built near the mountain named Orphan Rock).
The last weird detail in Orphan Rock’s short-lived history is that it was entirely built and designed by Scenic World staff itself; the park wherein Orphan Rocker is located, when most roller coasters are built by established manufacturers. In fact, the reason it was never opened to the public is probably because of this, when tests proved that the ride was too rough or inconsistent for the public. Though it was never really opened, work was done on this roller coaster until 2004, though the park finally gave up the ghost and started demolition in 2017.