The Ginger Factory Review
If you grew up in South East Queensland, chances are you visited the Ginger Factory at Yandina on the Sunshine Coast when you were a child.
Still going strong after 40 years, the Ginger Factory has recently undergone some improvements, and now offers a great morning or afternoon for Brisbane kids (and parents) with a number of rides and attractions sprawling over a nine hectare site.
Tour the Ginger Factory
Not only tasty, ginger is packed full of nutrients and can purportedly relieve numerous ailments – everything from morning sickness to motion sickness. Purchase a ticket to tour the largest ginger factory in the world (six tours offered daily) and learn about the growing, harvesting and processing of ginger products. The tour is educational (kids are welcome to ask questions), concise and concludes with a tasting plate of ginger products. It also covers the interesting history of Buderim Ginger, the Australian company that owns and manages the Ginger Factory.
Tour the gardens by train
You are welcome to walk through the gardens for free, admiring the tropical and ornamental ginger themed plants along the way, or you can purchase a ticket to ride the 100 year old cane train. The train leaves the “Ginger Town Station” every half hour between 9.30am and 4.30pm. Commentary is provided on the train, giving a brief but informative history of the Moreton Bay area.
Super Bee attraction
Four times daily, you can purchase tickets to enter the Super Bee Attraction and learn about the fascinating lives of honeybees. Presented by knowledgeable beekeepers, the presentation is engaging for young and old, and there are lots of bees to (safely) watch. You can get up close with a magnifying glass and watch them dance, make honey and try to spot the Queen Bee. Brisbane kids will also love the honey tasting at the conclusion of the show.
Overboard boat ride
Running continuously throughout the day is the Overboard Boat Ride – purchase a ticket, hop on board and you will meander through different countries of the world, following the story of the Gingerbread Man who is trying to escape the clutches of two hungry chefs. Featuring 200 handmade moving puppets and lots to look at, your Brisbane Kids will want to ride more than once.
Food court, gift shops and playground
The food court has been newly renovated and offers a café selling light meals and refreshments, as well as an ice creamery selling ice-cream and parfaits. Parents will appreciate the large, fenced and covered playground that adjoins the café seating area. The playground has a toddler section on one side and a more challenging playground, suitable for pre-schoolers and primary school-aged children, on the other side. Near the eating area are also six “Ginger Town” retail shops to browse, as well as the main gift shop, selling hundreds of Buderim Ginger products and souvenirs. These products can also be purchased online.
School holiday activities
Visit the website to find out about free entertainment and activities on offer throughout the school holidays. The Ginger Factory is also host to the annual Ginger and Flower Festival.
At a glance:
- The Ginger Factory is located approximately one hour north of Brisbane.
- Entry to the park is free, but tickets for the tours and rides need to be purchased on arrival or online.
- The Ginger Factory is open from 9.00am until 5.00 pm daily except Christmas Day.
- The Ginger Factory is pram and wheelchair accessible.
- No BYO food or drink, however, there is a licensed café with gluten-free and vegetarian options.
- Birthday parties and group bookings can be arranged.
The Ginger Factory is located at 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina.