A J Thompson | Andrew Thompson, Rockhampton Australia

Coolangatta .:. an Irukandji simulator by Xay Tomsen

Coolangatta ~ a virtual world sim in Second Life by Xay Tomsen

Coolangatta map

The Coolangatta sim was part of Jillaroo State, in the north of the Irukandji Continent.

Its first landscape was as a central atoll in a bay, based on Upper Aboyo Passage. With so many regions already drawing on this design, I soon changed it into a flat atoll, based on Alantay Island, which had proved a popular format in the past.

However, the timing of Coolangatta was unfortunate. Around the time of its birth, Linden Labs, who owned Second Life, decided to suddenly increase their prices by 67%. At the same time, cut price developers on other parts of the grid had started selling land for free in some bizarre attempt to circumvent the increases by attracting lots of renters.

Coolangatta, unfortunately took the full brunt of all this. It was the first island on which I had to give land away in order to get renters. Unsurprisingly, the island quickly filled with trailer trash, predominantly Australians and Americans, who turned my manicured landscapes into shit and got ridiculously angry about the smallest thing that didn't go their way. Total haters. Then as a final nail in the coffin, along came the GFC.

So I shut down Coolangatta and a few others like it. There would be no more free land or discount islands. A new economic climate had changed the way virtual estates could operate in Second Life, and I realised the dream was coming to an end. I began to downsize in order to keep the estate viable for as long as possible.

That's all another story for another time, but the Coolangatta sim was the one that woke me up.

Coolangatta was bordered by Captain Cook Reef, Whitsunday Island, Palace Lagoon, Byron Bay, Coraki Lagoons, and Tanawayo Bay. The sim takes its name from Coolangatta, a southern suburb of the Gold Coast in Queensland AU.

I have no fond memories whatsoever of Coolangatta, and thankfully no photographs survive.

To continue exploring the Irukandji continent, check out the main Islands of Irukandji page.

Andrew Thompson a.k.a. Xay Tomsen