Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published August 26th 2012
Love Ginger beer? Ginger biscuits? You'll love this
It's hard to believe something as beautiful as The Ginger Factory in Yandina exists where it is. You could be forgiven for thinking you had taken a wrong turn when approaching the facility it's in the middle of an industrial site after all. But once you clear the car park you'll realise you're about to discover one of the Sunshine Coast's most valuable tourist assets.
It's free to enter The Ginger Factory and from the time you walk in the front door you'll know you're onto a winner. If you're here on a weekend or a school holiday chances are you're going to find this The Ginger Shop area packed and why wouldn't you?
This is great for just about everything with ginger as the main ingredient - there was crystallised ginger, ginger marmalade, ginger beer and gingerbread men (my favourite) just to name a few. There are also plenty of other souvenirs and goodies such as kitchenware and cooking accessories to take away but don't spend all your money just yet, after all you've only just arrived.
Gingertown is another great place to spend some time. The heritage-style village is sure to have something for everyone with stores dedicated to motoring memorabilia, sweet treats, herbal products and even hand-made porcelain dolls.
The garden walk was an absolute delight and my favourite part. Almost 800 rainforest trees were planted on the grounds in 1990 as part of the company's commitment to regenerating the landscape after it was cleared by pioneer timber-getters. It was certainly worth the wait I could have spent the entire day just walking around here. The lush rainforest towered over us and made for quite the romantic setting. There were a couple of places to sit down but just not enough, I thought.
There are plenty of tours to take on board here including the Factory Tour and the Super Bee bee keepers' demonstration. The cheapest of all and perhaps most popular was the Ginger Train. The open-air carriage about the 100-year-old Moreton cane train departs about every half hour it gave a great tour of the facility while explaining the history behind the area and how the company came to be. The kids on board seemed excited to jump on but got a bit bored with the history lessons once the audio track started playing.
The Ginger Train is one of the most popular attractions
Before we left for the day we had to sit down and grab a coffee at The Ginger Café. This was my only disappointment of the day as it felt like a good 10 minute wait for our drinks when there was barely anyone else around. We didn't get a chance unfortunately to try one of the 65 flavours of ice cream from Buderim Bliss (but I guess there is always next time).
The Buderim Cafe and Buderim Ice Cream Bliss know how to draw a crowd
There's a lot of interesting history behind The Ginger Factory. It's all thanks to Buderim Ginger. They've been the supplier of the world's finest ginger for 70 years. There's a great story behind it but I won't take up time on it here, rather I'll point you to this website for all the details.
This place certainly seemed to be popular with young and old. While the crowd appeared to be mostly the elderly we did see a child's birthday partying going on and it looked like they had a blast they couldn't have been any older than six.