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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.