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Published January 27th 2016
Family entertainment for all ages
The Power Kart Raceway is located in the suburb of Griffith, 6km's south of the CBD. It is a visible green building as you drive around the main roundabout in Griffith and there is plenty of parking when you arrive. The Raceway is popular with corporate groups, friends and families for electric go-kart racing, with children over the age of 6 or 124cm tall able to ride the junior go-karts. In December 2015, the Power Kart Raceway also opened up an indoor Jungle Glow-in-the-dark Mini Golf and other activities for younger children to enjoy. On a rainy January day, our family ventured in to give it a try.
Source: Power Kart Raceway Facebook
As you walk into the interior of the Power Kart Raceway it is large to say the least. To play the mini golf, purchase your tickets at reception and take your receipt to the mini golf desk at the back of the complex. See details here.
Although we had bought our tickets, it took us awhile to get to the back of the complex as there was so much else to discover along the way. There is a full sized electric go-kart track with staff members waving the chequered flag, fixing karts in the pits and a scoreboard to announce the winners times. Before checking out the mini golf, why not watch the kids and adults on the racetrack in a battle of the ages. See details here.
There is also Café Recharge, which sells hot chips, burgers and snacks with plenty of tables and couches to sit and watch the action. I was surprised to see such a range of other family friendly activities to do there at the track. I chatted to a staff member who said the Power Kart Raceway are expanding to be an entertainment destination for the whole family. There are also party rooms set up for children's party packages with racing included. For Under 5's there is a free play area with stackable cushion blocks to build with.
For a small fee, kids can also put on a helmet and have a "ride" on a mechanical farm animal - which goes surprisingly fast! Our four year old daughter took off with an excited squeal, holding down a green button to propel her forward and letting go to stop. She then steered around the area with delight.
At the back of the whole complex you find the Jungle Glow-In-The-Dark Mini Golf. As you walk in, it takes awhile for your eyes to adjust to the darkness - it took me three holes to stop looking around in amazement and be able to see where I was putting properly. The first hole is good practice to get used to how it all works and then opens up into a glow in the dark wonderland with African jungle masks on the walls, large parrots perching on palm trees and African animals at every turn. The carpet on its own is a glowing assault on the eyes and there is fleuro paint outlining each hole so you know where to hit your ball.
The 18 hole course is challenging and exciting, with surprising twists and turns to keep you intrigued about the next hole. There are hidden mounds on the black grass that you can't see and your ball can disappear and roll down to the next level. We enjoyed a mini golf hole that had small holes all around the ball hole with lights shining upwards, so it is a challenge to get the ball over the bumps and tap it in with bright lights in your eyes. There are also a few holes where you have to hit the ball up steep slopes to get it to the next area, which is always a challenge.
We found the price to be good value as it is an entertaining and cleverly designed course. In Canberra, this is the only indoor mini golf location, with Yarralumla Play Station to most popular outdoor course (there is also a basic course at Canberra International Golf Centre, however it is not designed for children). Mini golf is one of our family's favourite pastimes when we go on holiday, however we are now fortunate that in Canberra we now have two modern and challenging courses open in the last year, one indoor and one outdoor. With excellent facilities at both, Canberrans can now enjoy Mini Golf in all seasons. According to the staff member I talked to, there will be more family entertainment to come at the Power Kart Raceway, so ensure you check out their facebook for new ventures.
Who will win the Jungle Glow-in-the-dark Mini Golf Champion in your family and friends?