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by Alison Muirhead (subscribe)
Doting grandmother and grey nomad who should join Volunteers Anonymous and is greatly in favour of a ten day week. So much to do, so little time.
Published March 16th 2017
Head Downunder Drive with Family-Oriented Aussie World




You may be familiar with the Ettamogah Pub enroute to the Sunshine Coast. If you haven't journeyed up that way for a while, you won't know it is now known as The Pub, but big changes are afoot at Aussie World. The Pub will become a truly quirky Aussie themed watering hole for the whole family, and Aussie World will morph into Downunder Drive. The current theme park will be expanded from 15 acres to 55 acres with new rides, attractions, possible water activities (Leak'n Logs is immensely popular in this hot weather), and a green space used for events. The Shed revamped will continue to be the venue for some exciting evening entertainment, and there is a very entertaining lineup planned for this year.

Wayne Poole, Sales Manager, Aussie World, morphing to Downunder Drive
Big Plans afoot for Aussie World


The Shed, Aussie world entertainment, The Animals
Be excited, very excited


Meanwhile, Aussie World is operating as usual. How many toys does a child need? When it comes to special occasions, I'm all for giving experiences. With a fifth birthday on the horizon, my grandson and his family were my guests at their first experience of a theme park with rides. Aussie World proved to be a winner in every way. My teenaged granddaughter has been singing the praises of Aussie World for years. I now know why. Here is a theme park designed for all ages. Most rides cater for even the smallest of children. In some cases, adult accompaniment is required.

Aussie World, Bombora Bounce, children accompanied if under 120cm
Bombora Bounce


From the moment we parked our car in the spacious car park we felt well and truly welcomed. No guessing as to whether your child is eligible to participate in various rides. There is a height chart right at the front door. Everyone is issued with a wrist band on entry, and it is advisable to write your mobile contact details on those of your children.



Aussie World, Palmview, Sunshine Coast, mobile number on passouts
Safety first with a mobile number


Grandad observed that we had had our money's worth before we even stepped on a ride. Everyone loves a bubble machine, and our grandkids were no different. These bubbles were obviously made from very strong soap flakes, as bubbles kept popping up in the most unexpected places.

Aussie World, Palmview Sunshine Coast, bubble machine
I'm forever catching bubbles


Everyone thinks their grandchildren are the smartest in the world, but the almost five is an avid map reader. All week he was planning to "ride in teacups", and his preplanning resulted in his being able to track down The Tin Lids Tea Party in no time. Steve, the attendant, exposed us to the Aussie World charm from the word go.

Aussie World, Palmview, Sunshine Coast, Tin Lids Tea Party
Tin lid in a cup with Mum


Big almost eight sister prides herself on her spelling. She pedantically pointed out the error in Bizzy Buggies, but that didn't stop her giving Grandad a hiding to nothing on the Bizzy Buggie circuit. She has the makings of a great P Plater.

Aussie World, Palmview, Sunshine Coast, Bizzy Buggies
Grandad turns the tables


You can't participate in all of these activities on an empty stomach. Never fear, the variety of foodstuffs on sale caters for everyone. Fairy floss was the pick of the ice cream flavours for an afternoon tea break. The gift shop offers many opportunities to spend the pocket money burning a hole in a child's pocket.



Heather, gift shop, aussie world, pal;mview, sunshine coast
Spoiled for choice


Strolling entertainers are ideal for photo opportunities. The pirates were advertising their dramatic presentation which resulted in enjoyable audience participation. Even the very young soon got into the swing of the pirate dance.



Every child wins a prize in sideshow alley. Feeding the laughing clowns was a favourite when I was a girl too many years ago to enumerate.

Aussie World, Palmview, Sunshine Coast, sideshow alley
Hurry up! What's next?


Despite the number of attractions on offer, there were requests for many repeat performances.

Aussie World, Palmview, Sunshine Coast, Giant Slide
Let's do it again......


Aussie World, Palmview, Sunshine Coast, Booma Zooma
and again


As we moved from attraction to attraction, we noticed a certain gentleman keeping a very close eye on things. Turns out he is the manager, and he certainly runs a tight pirate ship amongst other attractions. Other big pluses for Downunder Drive will include the unfailing attention and friendliness of staff, beautiful landscaping, immaculate grounds, and no long queues for anything. With attractions to suit all age groups, I heartily recommend a trip up to Palmview for a most entertaining day. Keep an eye out for the new developments. Grandson looks forward to sussing out the new map.

Aussie world, Palmview, Sunshine Coast
What's on this afternoon's program


The writer was a guest of Aussie World, but paid for her accompanying family members. What sort of a day would it have been on her ownsome?
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Why? To enjoy all the fun of the fair in a relatively inexpensive and attractive environment
When: 10am - 5pm 7days except ANZAC and Christmas Days
Phone: 07 5494 5444
Where: 73 Frizzo Road, Palmview, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Cost: From $33 for Seniors to $175 for a family of five
Your Comment
Great article, Alison - sounds like you had a fabulous day!
by Elaine (score: 3|3850) 129 days ago
I did indeed, as did the grownups as well as the kiddiewinks. Thankyou, Elaine.
by Alison Muirhead (score: 2|202) 129 days ago
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