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Chanelling Peter Pan in Brisbane

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Published November 12th 2021
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Come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned.

JM Barrie's tale about the boy who never grew up has captured the public's imagination since its creation in the early twentieth century. If you long to be a lost boy, party like a pirate or fly with the fairies, there are many magical places throughout Brisbane where you can close your eyes and pretend.

Live like a Lost Boy

Lost Boys Cafe

Brunch, although delicious according to our reviewer, isn't really the main attraction at Lost Boys Cafe, a cafe and bar that slings drinks and serves vegetarian food from a cosy treehouse.

Yep, you read that right.

The food is served with a heavy dose of whimsy at this Peter Pan-inspired eatery on Ann Street. Find yourself a seat amongst the branches and greenery that dominate the space and take your time taking in all the details. Wannabe lost boys will find all of their brunch favourites on the menu, as well as vegetarian pizza, paninis and salads. Even better - the venue is licensed.

Lost Boys is also eco-conscious, with an emphasis on recycling and composting and a preference for local, carbon-neutral products.

Tree-top Experiences

Thunderbird Park is home to the largest high ropes course in Australia. There are five courses altogether, each increasing in difficulty and offering different activities like a high altitude barrel crawl or a flying fox ride. A pass to the high ropes gives you access to all of the courses so you can take your time and move on at your own pace.

Thunderbird Park also offers laser skirmish, gem fossicking, and mini-golf.

O'Reilly's Tree-Top Walk is more of a gentle path with some incredible views, but at 15 - 30 metres in the ground, you can be sure you'll get the adrenaline flowing. Nine suspension bridges, 15 metres from the ground, lead to two separate lookouts, each 30 metres from the ground.

The Tree-Top Walk is part of O'Reilly's Retreat, an eco-retreat located in the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park on the north side of the ancient Tweed volcano.

Play like a Pirate

All Aboard

Every pirate needs a Jolly Roger and finding one in the 21st century might not be as hard as you think.

I'm not entirely convinced that the Notorious isn't a real pirate ship. The lovingly replicated Portuguese caravel travels the waters around Australia, docking in various locations and opening the ship to the public. Once inside, you'll find an authentic pirate experience, with ropes and barrels and a big dining table for pirate singalongs.

There is a fee to explore the inside of the Notorious.

Keep your ear to the wind to find out when Notorious will be visiting a shore near you - or you can follow them on their Facebook page.

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum

Where does a pirate find their favourite drink?

Home of Australia's most well-known rum, the town of Bundaberg is synonymous with the brown spirit. Find out how the sausage is made with a Bundaberg Rum Distillery Tour. The tour starts at the molasses vats, where sugar cane by-products are clarified and cleaned, and ends with a tasting session at the Rum Tasting Bar.

Distillery tours runs every hour between 10am and 3pm on weekdays and 10am and 2pm on weekends. Attendance is capped at 48 to ensure the safety of guests, so bookings are highly recommended. You can book a tour online or by calling (07) 4348 3443.

If Bundaberg is too far, Brisbane has its own rum distillery with Beenleigh Rum. The distillery offers a variety of tours, all ending with a tasting experience. Tours run from Wednesday to Sunday between 10.30am and 2.30pm. Bookings are essential.

Travel like Tinkerbell

All the world is made of faith and trust and fairy dust

If you truly believe you can find magic anywhere - even in your own backyard.

Tinkerbell and her friends have left their mark all over Brisbane. Take a magical hike on a fairy trail and you might uncover toadstool rings, treehouses, troll's bridges, and goblin caves.

Young fairy hunters will love the fairy playgrounds and gardens to be found in Brisbane and surrounds. Cast a potion in the witches cauldron at Enchanted Forest Playground at Ashgrove, or stare into the mysterious Gollum Tree at Redcliffe's beachfront.

And if you can't get to the fairies, bring the fairies to you! Create a fairy garden in your own backyard and wait for the magic to happen.

Second Star on the Right

Do you know of any other Neverland inspired locations in Brisbane? Share them in the comments below - we'd love to hear them!
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A wonderful collection and how clever to have used the Peter Pan story to link it all together.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9506) 13 days ago
What a wondrous set of experiences. Great for the little ones as school holidays are around the corner
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3596) 15 days ago
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