Tourist in my town: A day out at the Macadamia Castle 

Whether you are young, or young at heart, the Macadamia Castle is well worth a visit. As you pull up to the entrance you are greeted by an imposing castle facade worthy of King Arthur himself. The ‘Macca Castle’, as it is affectionately known by locals, has a few different tricks up its sleeve. Firstly the animals, whether you want to get up close to an emu (not too close, they are really creepy looking!) or cuddle a baby chook, there is something for everyone. Grab a bag of hay ($2) to hand feed the goats and sheep, or buy a pack of seeds ($2) for the tropical birds in the walkthrough birdhouse. Watch the impressive Free Flight Bird Show, or learn about Aussie native animals such as wombats, crocs and koalas at the animal demonstrations. There are plenty of other animals to see on your visit, plus hourly train rides and a playground for the little ones.

When you have had enough of the cute fuzzy animals take a break at the cafe, well known for their fabulous pancakes, which can be accompanied by sweet or savoury toppings. If you have a craving for pancakes (or fresh macadamia nuts!) but don’t have time for a full visit to make the most of the facilities you can visit the cafe and shop without paying the entry fee. There is also a picnic area and complimentary gas BBQs to use if you prefer to whip up a culinary feast for the family.

After lunch work off your pancakes with an intense game of mini golf or a leisurely wander through the rainforest walk to visit the kangaroos – both included in the price of your entry to the Macadamia Castle.

Located just off the M1 between Byron Bay and Lennox Head, the Macadamia Castle is easy to get to and offers a fun and affordable day out. Park entry prices: adults $22.50, kids $13-15, concessions $15. Visit macadamiacastle.com.au to find out more.

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