The Abandoned Castle Fun Park in Halls Head, Mandurah was a miniature village full of famous buildings that rose to prominence in the 1980's. Now unloved and overgrown, there's still remnants of what was once a favourite stopover for kids on the road south.
Castle Fun Park was built in 1979 and included the miniature village complete with castle, an Australian shaped swimming pool, mini golf course and kiosk. It was popular for weddings and kids parties throughout to 80's and 90's before becoming yet another victim to changes in taste for kids entertainment (i.e. video games and TV).
When the Mandurah bypass bridge was built Castle Fun Park lost a large portion of it's visitors. Many of the buildings were razed when the park closed in the early 2000's and a bushfire destroyed more of what was left in 2007.
Today it is another reminder of what we once had, and what kids will never get these days. The lone caste stands tall above the scrubs, covered in graffiti with evidence of living quarters for the homeless inside it's walls (the hobo here must be the king of the castle!).
The Australia pool is hidden behind the trees, still clearly defined but now filled with shredded pool liner and household rubbish. The rock waterfall remains tucked into the corner, but water hasn't graced it's sides for nearly a decade.
Unlike many abandoned places such as Ascot and the power station, Castle Fun Park is pretty easy to get in to. The gates on Leisure Way are permanently open and large chunks of fence are missing. Just be mindful of snakes and lizards as the paths are very overgrown.
The park is now divided into three lots, with plans under way to develop the lost treasure. There is some resistance through social media but surely it is only a matter of years before the abandoned Castle Fun Park becomes just another memory of a better time to be a child.
Small update for anyone planning to visit, as it's hard to find info on how it is currently! I went there 6th of Feb 2020 and there's only one castle left there to see, as well as the space where the main pool was. Although there wast much left to see, it was magnificent, and quite beautiful even with lots of graffiti on the castle. Also, was very easy to get in as part of the fence on Leisure Way was pulled down. Worth a visit if you're on your way to or from down south but don't expect too much if you're trip's just for the fun park. Don't know what the plans are for the things remaining, but who knows how long it'll still be there!
Wow! I still remember catching glimpses of this place as kid in my dad's car on one of his many fishing trips to Halls Head. I was always curious about it, but we never did stop there... I had no idea this place became abandoned. I think it would be more of a shame if they don't restore it. We need places like this for the very young. There simply aren't any more.
I don't understand why these things happen. They should be supported and promoted as a valuable part of the area, not just for the kids but for tourists. I took my kids a few years ago to the equivalent in Tassie and we all loved it. Never too old for adventure and imagination.
Your article was wrong.
Castle fun park was closed by the owner over a dispute between himself and the local council over zoning issues, as the local council changed the castle fun park's zone from commercial to residential to allow developers to build luxury canal home lifestyle.
As a result, the Castle fun parks owner decided to shut the park down and let it overgrow and turn into an eye saw until the local council overturned their decision in favor of the park owner. This was never overturned, causing the owner of the park to eventually buckle and sell the land in 2017.
I remember going here as a kid. We would drive all the way to Mandurah to see it. Miss the old theme parks. Perth has become boring. You have to travel all the way to the gold coast now. Atlantis, this, action park, theyre all gone. I found out whilst holidaying on the gold coast that some theme parks are partly funded by local councils and tourism boards. WA govt needs to do the same. So many kids would be off the streets if they had more to go to. I loved my childhood. I wish a lot of this stuff was around for my kids
Wish it was still open or hopefully one day someone will buy it and do it up. I would love to take my kids there as I never got the chance to go as a kid. My parents always promised but you know how it is... Kylie James of Manjimup.
we need to keep things like these alive so kids are not bored and instead of them graffiting they would be having fun swimming and playing as kids should be . I went here as a kid and always loved it mandurah is missing outdoor play activies for the families .
I went there only a few days ago (01/01/14). Makes me so sad to see it in this condition. I went there so many times when I was younger, and still have a photo somewhere on myself and sister sitting on the throne from about 1982.
What a shame this theme park is no longer being used along with others that have been abandoned. Surely the shires could get interested volunteers to help restore these places with the shire of course providing the finance. There are a lot of families out there who would love to go to a place like this, not everyone can afford Adventure World.