Holey Moley & Strike Bowling - Sunshine Coast - Review

Kate and her little monkeys visited Holey Moley & Strike Bowling when they visited the Sunshine Coast recently and loved the mini golf and tenpin bowling experience! Thanks to Holey Moley & Strike Bowling for having us and thanks Kate for the review. xo Catherine

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Bringing fun to the Big Top Shopping Centre in Maroochydore; Holey Moley Golf Club and Strike Bowling offer a unique mini golf, tenpin bowling, karaoke and bar experience like no other!

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This new venue, operated by Funlab - who also run Sky Zone Australia, Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq and the newest addition, B. Lucky & Sons - opened in February 2018 and has quickly become one of the hottest spots on the Sunshine Coast, or should that be ‘Funshine' Coast…?

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Get ready for the craziest round of mini golf you have ever played when you step onto the course at Holey Moley Golf Club!  Forget the usual windmills and castles, putt your stuff through two nine-hole courses, with 18 uniquely themed holes. With nods to much loved TV shows and movies (think The Simpsons, Happy Gilmore, Back to the Future and Game of Thrones) and pop-culture icons (Kayne West and Elvis), as well as tributes to nostalgic games and toys, get ready to tap, tap, tap it in!

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Strike Bowling is definitely not your average bowling alley. Whether you’re competing to be crowned bowling king, or just a fan of wholesome fun, bowling is the perfect activity for all ages. Be ready to put on some shiny shoes and smash strikes down on the 10-lane alley where the lights are turned down low, fun is cranked to 100% and the sound system will have you grooving between bowls.

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But the good times don't end there! There is a fully-equipped bar serving drinks and bar snacks including pizza, burgers, hot dogs and delicious loaded fries, which staff will happily deliver to your bowling lane or to the golf course (drinks only). Belt out tunes in one of the private karaoke rooms, play a game of pool, test your skills in the mind-bending escape rooms or get your groove on with the DJ spinning tunes.

FYI - Due to liquor licence restrictions, children under 18 years are not permitted in the venue after 8.00pm.

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Busy City Kids were invited to experience Maroochydore Strike Holey Moley for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information about Maroochydore Strike Holey Moleyhead to their website.

Bellingham Maze - Tanawha - Sunshine Coast - Review 

Kate clearly found the best spots on the Sunshine Coast on her recent Noosa holiday and her little ones definetely had a great time wondering and taking part in the different mazes, mini golf and games at the Bellingham Maze in Tanawha. What a gorgeous place to visit! Thanks for the review and cute pics Kate x Catherine. To follow Kate’s cool adventures, head to her insta @kateflatman.

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The Bellingham Maze is renowned for being one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular tourist attractions, ‘The Maze’ as it’s known locally has been loved by families since it first opened its doors over 20 years ago.  Located just 10 minutes from Mooloolaba and featuring an incredible 80m x 80m living hedge maze, timber maze, rope maze, tyre maze, 18 hole mini golf course, outdoor games, garden cafe and puzzle shop, it’s no wonder it attracts over 20,000 visitors a year.

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New owners Adam and Robyn acquired the business in June last year (they are the third owners since the Bellingham family developed and opened the property in 1993) and are very excited to own and operate a local icon and have many plans on improving what is already an a'MAZE'ing destination for locals and tourist alike. 

You know you are in the right place when you spot the large Dutch Windmill from the street (which was originally located up the road in Buderim) and once you negotiate the magic waterfall at the entrance (be careful not to get wet!) you will be promptly told by the lovely Bellingham Maze staff to ‘get lost’, in the star shape hedge maze that is!

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The eight-pointed, star shaped maze takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. However, you can wander at your leisure through the pathways amongst the rows and rows of lilly pilly hedges to the tower in the middle and enjoy the views.  Along the way keep your eye out for Snow White’s dwarfs and try to crack the secret code as an added element of excitement. 

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Once you find your way out - we found that harder than finding the path to the tower! - the fun doesn't end there. Find the scrambled scrabble letters in the timber maze, take a relay challenge in the rope maze, try your skills on the tyre maze or stretch your mind with one of the floor puzzles, especially designed by award-winning maze designer, Adrian Fisher.

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For even more fun, test your hand-eye coordination on the 18 hole, 2 par mini golf course - suitable for all ages.

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After all those activities, refuel with a coffee, cold drink, lunch or Devonshire Tea in the relaxing Garden Café. 

Try the puzzles on the tables in the cafe or browse the Puzzle Shop which has a unique range of brain teasing metal and wooden puzzles to purchase to take home.

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Bellingham Maze is an ideal place for families to have good old-fashioned fun together on the Sunshine Coast. It’s a great place to challenge your mind, get out in nature + there is the added bonus that it gives little ones the chance to run off energy as they frantically search for the maze exit! Sounds like a winner to me!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited to experience Bellingham Maze for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information about Bellingham Maze, head to their website.

The Ginger Factory - Yandina - Queensland - Review

During their recent Queensland holiday, Kate and her little ones spent a fun day at The Ginger Factory in Yandina riding on their historic ginger train, hopping on boat rides, going on a tour of the factory, experiencing a live bee show, doing lots of tastings and playing too! Thanks for the Ginger Factory for having us and thanks Kate for this great review! x Catherine To follow Kate’s adventures, head to her page @kateflatman.

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One of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular attractions, The Ginger Factory in Yandina has been delighting families for more than 40 years.  Home of the famous Buderim Ginger, it is the world’s largest operating ginger factory and produces a large range of delicious and locally made ginger drinks, sweets, spreads and foods. However, there is more to the iconic Ginger Factory than manufacturing, it offers fun rides, fascinating tours, a unique retail precinct and café surrounded by beautiful sub-tropical gardens - there is something for everyone.

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Here are our TOP SEVEN reasons for visiting The Ginger Factory with the whole family.

1. Ginger Train

Climb aboard Moreton, the historic ginger train for a tour of the factory grounds.  Moreton, the 116 year old, retired sugar cane train now spends his days taking people around the property giving a running commentary of the history of Buderim Ginger, the factory and local area + interesting things to see along the way.  Trains depart every thirty minutes from Ginger Town Station.  After three rides, the poppets voted the Ginger Train the best part of our day! 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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2. Overboard Boat Ride

Running continuously throughout the day, hop on a boat and chase the gingerbread man on an adventure as he escapes the clutches of hungry chefs.  As you sail through different countries, little ones will love trying to spot the gingerbread man as he hides amongst 200 homemade moving puppets including Moulin Rouge dancers, Santa and his elves and the guards at Buckingham Palace. Please note that this ride is quite dark in parts, which some children may find scary.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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3. Live Bee Show & Tasting

Led by an experienced beekeeper, learn about the life of a bee, how bees make honey and see different bee species up close in this fascinating presentation. Honey lovers will enjoy tasting some delicious varieties of honey at the completion of the show with opportunities to buy jars to take home.  

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4. Factory Tour & Tasting

Take the fully guided Factory Tour for a behind the scenes look into how far Buderim Ginger has come in the last 77 years, from a small farming community and ginger growers cooperative to one of the world’s largest suppliers of ginger.  Finish the tour with a private tasting in the Tasting Room featuring products available to purchase in the Ginger Shop and recipe ideas.

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5. Gingerbread Decorating

Purchase a freshly baked gingerbread man from the Ice Creamery with a tub of colourful icing, mini chocolates and lollies for children to use to decorate.  The poppets loved decorating the gingerbread men, but they loved eating them more!

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6. Kids Play Area

There are several free and fun play spaces for kids to explore. The undercover playground next to the Ginger Cafe allows children to play in a fenced areas with tunnels, stairs, slides, windows for peaking, and ropes for climbing. There is also a smaller play space designed for toddlers with their very own train to climb, a carriage to crawl through and colourful balls to play with. The poppets also loved playing the giant snakes and ladders located outside the Overboard Boat Ride.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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7. Café, Ice Creamery & Shop

A fun day out isn’t complete without a treat from the café (the ginger scones come highly recommended) or a handmade ice cream. Pop into the Ginger Shop on the way out to pick up your favourite Buderim Ginger products for home or gifts for family or friends.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Admission into The Ginger Factory is FREE - this allows you access to the Ginger Shop, Ginger Cafe, Ginger Town, play areas, gardens and Rainforest Walk.  Extra costs apply for the Ginger Train, Overboard Boat Ride, Live Bee Show and Factory Tour.  Check the website for prices and special bundle offers.  If you want to experience everything, purchase a Play, Taste & Discover Bundle which includes entry to all tours and shows + unlimited rides. Note, children aged three and under are free.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited to experience The Ginger Factory for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information on The Ginger Factory, head to their website.

Australia Zoo - Beerwah - Queensland - Review

On her recent trip to Queensland, Kate took her little ones to Australia Zoo for the ultimate day out to see and interact with wonderful wildlife, see wildlife shows and have lots of fun along the way! Thank you to Australia Zoo for inviting us and thank you Kate for this wonderful review. x Catherine To follow Kate’s adventures, head to her page @kateflatman.

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Australia Zoo - home of the Crocodile Hunter - on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Queensland, is nestled on over 70 acres of natural Australian bushland. With over 1,200 gorgeous native and exotic animals, a line up of free wildlife shows daily, interactive animal encounters and an action-packed 24-hour Wildlife Hospital, there is never a dull moment at Australia Zoo.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

If you've ever wanted to cuddle a koala, walk alongside a cheeky cheetah, get up close to a gorgeous lemur, wrap a python around your shoulders or waddle with a wombat, then Australia Zoo is your ultimate destination. 

Located just under an hour’s drive north of Brisbane or south of Noosa, there is no better place to spend a day with the entire family than at Australia Zoo.  Here is a list of highlights from our recent visit:

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  • The Crocoseum

A visit to The Crocoseum to watch the world famous Wildlife Warriors Show is a must! Held every day at 12pm, keepers and their amazing animals will take you on a slithering, swooping, jaw-snapping adventure of epic proportions.  See giant snakes, colourful, soaring birds and the highlight; Steve Irwin's favourite animal in the entire world - the impressive saltwater crocodile.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Roo Heaven

Purchase some roo food for a couple of dollars and watch the enchantment on your children’s faces as they feed the friendly red and grey kangaroos as they laze about and roam around in their large outdoor enclosure.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Wildlife Hospital

Located at the rear of the main carpark, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital was opened in March 2004, inspired by the memory of Lyn Irwin (Steve’s Mum), who was a pioneer in wildlife care in Queensland.  It was Steve Irwin's dream to build the world's largest wildlife hospital at Beerwah to honour his mother Lyn, and to provide a lifeline for nature's innocent victims - providing sick, injured and orphaned wildlife with leading-edge treatment and rehabilitation before eventual release back to the wild. The incredible team in the hospital have already treated more than 80,00 patients. By purchasing a $2 Sneak Peak donation, you can visit the Wildlife Hospital and see first hand the vital work that is taking place.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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  • Pat A Koala

Admire our best known Aussie icon and visit Koala Walkthrough, where you can pat a cuddly koala or watch them snoozing or eating amongst the eucalyptus trees.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Tiger Temple

Home to the majestic Sumatrans and Bengal tigers, Tiger Temple provides an amazing opportunity for you to get up-close with these magnificent big cats.  At 2.00pm daily, watch the popular Tiger Show and observe the tigers showcasing their impressive speed, agility and confidence both on land, and in water.  If you’re lucky you might even see them swimming in the underwater viewing area - the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.  Be sure to arrive early for the show as seating is limited.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Kids Zoo

Have some farmyard fun at the Kids Zoo located adjacent to The Crocoseum.  Little ones will love feeding and patting the super cute baby animals in their enclosures.  

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  • Bindi’s Island

Visit Bindi’s Island, a tropical island paradise that has ring-tailed lemurs free roaming amongst giant tortoises, colourful macaws, an alligator snapping turtle + Bindi’s three-storey treehouse, which offers sweeping views of Australia Zoo.

  • Roving Wildlife

The Wandering Wildlife team regularly roam around Australia Zoo with animals to meet. Get up close for a pat or to snap a photo with a possum, blue tongue, baby alligator, snake, koala or cockatoo to name a few.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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  • Africa

Catch the FREE Safari Shuttle and explore the wide open plains of the 24-acre African savannah to see the only multi species exhibit in Queensland.  Marvel at the gorgeous giraffe, rhino and zebra or meet one of the mischievous meerkat families.

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  • Play Areas

If the kids need a break from the animals, there are several play spaces located within the zoo for them to run around.  Outside The Crocoseum, kids will love the giant jumping pillow,  tea cup ride and recently opened Laughing Frog Water Park.  At Bindi’s Bootcamp Playground you will find a rock climbing wall and heaps of gooey, scaly, interactive games to play and challenges to complete.  The poppets loved exploring the little shaded playground adjacent to the wombats and snakes too.

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Steve and Terri Irwin's vision has always been to make Australia Zoo the biggest and best wildlife conservation facility in the entire world.  With conservation projects on-going and expansion plans going full steam ahead (including ‘Camp Crocodile Hunter’ which will open in 2020 as part of Australia Zoo’s 50th anniversary celebrations), Australia Zoo is certainly delivering an animal experience like no other and keeping Steve's dreams and legacy alive.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Don’t forget your camera!

  • Be sure to make use of Steve's Safari Shuttle for internal transport, hosted by friendly and knowledgeable guides, it can help tired legs or respite from the sun/rain. 

  • Allow at least four to six hours to explore Australia Zoo, depending on the age of your children.  We were there for nearly eight hours with our nearly 5yo twins. The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is open until 5.30pm so we visited for thirty minutes after the Zoo had closed at 5.00pm.  

  • Check out the range of animal encounters, Zoo tours and studio photo opportunities that are available for an additional cost. 

  • Do your homework before you arrive. Visit the Australia Zoo website and make a list of the animals, shows, exhibits, etc. that you wish to see. Alternatively download the Australia Zoo app onto your phone for exhibit information, as well as handy hints on how to book an encounter, which shows to catch, and where to eat lunch. It also has a really awesome day planner and show reminders to make sure you don't miss all the action. 

  • Wear good walking shoes and be prepared for all weather conditions with a hat, sunscreen and umbrella or rain poncho.

  • Bring snacks and a picnic or enjoy a bite to eat in the two-storey, 1500-seat Feeding Frenzy food court or Dingo Diner, as well as several kiosks and beverage and ice cream vendors though the Zoo grounds. 

  • Keep hydrated and drink water.  You can refill your water bottle at one of several drinking taps.

  • Ramps, pathways and enclosures are designed to be accessible by prams, wheelchairs and motorised scooters. Prams, tag-along wagons and lockers are also available for hire.

  • There are several parents nursing rooms + most toilet blocks have toddler seats in bathroom stalls. 

Busy City Kids were invited to experience Australia Zoo for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information about Australia Zoo, head to their website.