It appears that we may not be celebrating a weekend of all things ginger at the much-loved annual Ginger Flower & Food Festival in 2021, but even better, The Ginger Factory is extending an invitation to families to celebrate everything green, colourful and ginger-ish for two plus weeks in January, at the first-time-ever Ginger, Flower and Plant Emporium.
A new addition to our garden in 2020, the Pink Torch Ginger
Starting on the 8 January 2021, garden lovers will be treated to a broad selection of plants and flowers for sale at the Ginger, Flower and Plant Emporium, boasting the Sunshine Coast's best selection of exotic ginger plants and spectacular heliconias. I can personally vouch for the high quality and colourfulness of the striking plants on sale, as once a year our garden gets 'revamped' with new seasonal offerings from The Ginger Factory plant sale.
Visitors can take their time browsing the entire collection of plants, under shade sail at the outdoor emporium, plus the fully stocked hot house of unique tropical flowers. Flower and garden aficionados can happily select, at leisure, plants and flowers to turn private backyards into a paradisiacal explosion of colour.
With FREE entry to The Ginger Factory, why not make a day of it, there is always so much to do -
Come and meet the Gruffalo - Image: author via Gruffalo Spotters 2Aus app
The children will love exploring the Gruffalo Trail at The Ginger Factory, with the Gruffalo making an appearance every Wednesday and Saturday at 11.30am. The Rainforest Walk at The Ginger Factory has been transformed into a home for the Gruffalo, the Mouse, the Fox, the Owl and the Snake. Parents, grandparents and children will love the exciting adventures that lay hidden when becoming a Gruffalo spotter. And, it's as easy as downloading the FREE 'Gruffalo Spotters 2Aus' app, via the Apple Store or Google Play Store here.
Take an Overboard boat ride in search of adventures
Ride the Overboard boat in search of adventures around the world, as the gingerbread man ducks and dives to escape the clutches of the ever-hungry chefs. Overboard is a gentle boat ride perfect for the whole family with music and animated puppets, featuring more than two hundred moving puppets. Tour times are every day between 9.30am and 4.00pm and run continuously. There is an additional cost for the Overboard ride, tickets are available at the ticket desk at the entrance to The Ginger Factory.
Moreton is peeking out behind the 'station master'
Enjoy a relaxing tour through nine hectares of lush-green sub-tropical gardens on board Moreton, the more than one hundred year old historical train, that calls The Ginger Factory home. Moreton used to be a sugar cane train working at the Moreton Sugar Mill in Nambour but now spends his days in 'retirement' taking Ginger Factory visitors on tours of the grounds. Moreton train rides are every half an hour from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily. Tickets are available at the ticket desk at the entrance to The Ginger Factory.
My niece ... proving that Snakes and Ladders is for all ages!
There are so many free and fun play spaces for kids to play at The Ginger Factory. Let the children loose in a secure and undercover playground with tunnels, stairs, slides, windows for peeking and ropes for climbing. Toddlers will love the smaller play space especially designed for them with their very own train to climb, a carriage to crawl through and colourful balls to play with. Look out for the humungous Snakes and Ladders board, located very close to the Overboard boat ride.
Mums, dads and grandparents too, can enjoy some boutique shopping at the heritage-style village, offering fabulous Australian and indigenous keepsakes, handmade toys, sweet treats plus an excellent variety of herbal products.
Take in a live bee show with tastings, where guests learn from an experienced beekeeper, the intricacies of beekeeping; how bees make honey and what a day in the life of a beekeeper looks like. Tour times are daily at 11.00am, 12.00noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
Alternatively, take a guided tour around the Buderim Ginger Factory to learn how ginger is grown, harvested and turned into a delicious range of Buderim Ginger Products. Finish the tour with a tasting and discover why the Ginger Factory produces some of the world's finest ginger! Tour times are daily at 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
The fully licensed Ginger Cafe is also open seven days a week, showcasing the best of the Sunshine Coast's seasonal produce. Enjoy a great range of meals or coffee and cake, whilst sitting back and enjoying the ambience of tranquil tropical gardens with its exotic plant life and stunning water features.