Sunshine Castle

So we rocked up to the Sunshine Castel in Bli Bli ready to be swept off our feet and transported to the days of knights and dames. Upon entering we were eventually greeted by a young girl dressed in a time period costume asking whether we would want a family ticket. Before being able to answer, she asked our daughters their ages.

Upon hearing their ages she sternly addressed them for trying to obtain a family ticket when clearly they were too old. I was gobsmacked and in all honesty we should have just left. However, having travelled all the way, we decided to ignore this and paid the entry fee. Ridiculously this girl proceeded to give our daughters puzzles suited for primary school children to complete while exploring the castle.

We set off to see what the castle has to offer. You enter the castle through the courtyard before entering the reception hall where you’ll find a mounted knight in full armour and Xena’s throne.

Mounted Kight, Sunshine Castle

 

There are various halls containing displays and dioramas. One such hall is the Great Hall used for the King’s feasting nights. It is filled with old weaponry and trophies.

Weaponry, Sunshine Castle, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, QldTrophies and Masks, Sunshine Castle, Sunshine coast, Qld

We really enjoyed the 24m lookout tower which provided beautiful views of both the coast and the hinterland.

Lookout tower, Sunshine Castle, Caloundra, Sunshine coast, Qld

A visit to the Castle will not be complete without viewing the extensive doll collection. It was interesting to come face to face with dolls and toys we used to love as children.

Dolls, Sunshine Castle, Caloundra, Sunshine coast, Qld

In hindsight this venue was not the right one for our family outing. If your children are much, much younger you might actually find it delightful. In our opinion it was overpriced, very dated and definitely lacking in the customer service department.