Friday, August 03, 2007

FRIDAY'S HISTORY LESSON, FAIRY PARK ANAKIE..

Fairy Park is situated 60 minutes drive from the Melbourne CBD. It has taken over 45 years to create and is Australia’s first and oldest theme park. It is built on 24 acres of a rocky granite outcrop, known as "Elephant Rock", and nestled beside the extinct volcano of Mt. Anakie. The spectacular rock formations form an integral part of the entire design layout.

Here you will find Aladdin, Sinbad, Snow White, Alice, Hansel & Gretel, the 3 Bears and many more. There is an adventure playground appropriately named 'Camelot' with every facility a child could want, and just enough excitement. There are towers to climb, dungeons to visit, and a damsel who has lost her head!!!
As you can see, the area is just lovely. If you aren't interested in the lovely things set out for you to see and hear (most of the things on display have music and movement to them), then you can just enjoy the clean air and the lovely foliage that surrounds fairy park.
If you put aside two hours or more you will be able to see everything that Fairy Park has to offer. Make it a leisurely day and take along a picnic or use the BBQ areas provided. There is also a kiosk and you can plan ahead and book a function too.

There are over 20 animated hand crafted scenes that will come to life at the push of a button, all with digitised sound and lighting.

For train enthusiasts, the Hilltop Castle incorporates a huge model train set and a Train Museum housing a rare collection of Markilin (guage1) model trains.

Fairy Park has been transformed into an amazing place that will have you return time after time and from generation to generation.


21 comments:

Andrew said...

Oh god no Cazzie. It is still there. I was dragged there twenty odd years ago. I thought it went the way of Wobbies World. Actually, it is great for kids.

Trundling Grunt said...

I could set aside one or two hours. It's the 4 days getting there and then back that's the kicker.

Oh yes, and the money.

Keshi said...

I'd def have to go there! U know how much I like fairies :)

Keshi.

Steph said...

I've never heard of this place. How is that so????

homo escapeons said...

Do they hand out LSD or do they have a machine that can shrink you to scale?

Cazzie!!! said...

Andrew, LOL, I thought it may have gone too but my cousin had a birthday party there for her 4 year old and they had an awesome time.

TG, lol, it is 6 bux a kid and 12 bux an adult to get in. The trip there osn't too bad if you plan ahead...I have to laugh. A friend and I decided to take lunch there when we were in University Years. We ended up stopping at the side of the road to eat because we had thought it to be closer than it actually was, LOL.

Keshi, I was thinkin of you when I wrote it!

Steph, I guess it is because they don;t really market the place so openly. If you go to the Geelong Tourism office it is mentioned there.


HE, hahha, well, LSD would be a good start to a awesome day! haha

Keshi said...
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Keshi said...

seriously? :) aww HUGGGGGGGGGZ Caz! And wut u said in my blog just now is so sweet n so true. ty!

Keshi.

eric313 said...

Places like that are what helped to make childhood fun. You are an awesome mom going everywhere to show them the land and all the pwole in it.

Store those treasures in heaven!

Jay said...

That's pretty wild. A "fairy" park. I bet it's a really fun place for kids to go and play.

captain corky said...

Looks like a lot of fun. I love model trains.

Queen of Dysfunction said...

I like the toy trains, very cool!

You know, the surrounding hills look a heck of a lot like my neck of the woods. How odd!

poody said...

I want to go here!

Stace said...

Wow, I've never even heard of it. Sounds really cool, even for the "big kids" like Aidan and I! I might have to try dragging him out there someday... is it open on Sundays?!

Cazzie!!! said...

Keshi,,,,huggs.

Eric, awww, ty very much for the nice comment. I tell you, you have to keep on writing your great poetry...make a book...do it :)

Jay, it sure is, and it is a challenge to walk around all those hilly paths..heaps of fun time to play make believe.

Corky, yep, me too.

QOD, spooky Moulder eh!!

Poody come on ova!!

Stace, yes, Open every day of the year, except Christmas Day.
Admission between 10 am to 4 pm.
Gates close at 5pm sharp. Entry is paid from your car. You can then proceed to drive up to the picnic and general car park areas.

Eternally Curious said...

What an awesome place, and idea! If we ever make it to Australia, we're making it a must-see for sure!

G-Man said...

Thank You Miss Cazzie!!Great lesson as usual..
Galen xox

Middle Child said...

Oh! Cazzie..this post has made me so nostalgic. Port Macquarie used to have one of the most original of "theme" parks if I must use that word. It was called Fantasy Glades. Although it seemed to cater for under 12's we all loved it. My mother was like a big kid when we went there. It had a "castle", Snow White's cottage lots of little winding paths, a mine for the seven dwarfs, etc...It had a lovely feel to it, and when I went through for the 10th 11th time with whoever was visiting us, reality was suspended for me. It was begun by a family who had a few Little People as members...but was finally sold and now is home to blocks of units blah blah you know the old greed thing.

It was in a lovely little spot of rainforrest...close to beaches in Port Macquarie and Cazzie you would have loved taking your kids...the girls and Don and I went there a few days before it closed and we could not belive it was happening. Such a waste.

Thanks for reminding me - it was a favourite of ours, from a time when life seemed saner.

Ann O'Dyne said...

Thanks for the pictures - I now feel I have been there too.

Ann O'Dyne said...

I have driven past it but not stopped.
The area (The brisbane ranges I think)
is beautiful though.
The friend I visit when passing there, says it is a great place and her kids loved it when they were little.

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