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Top 5 reasons to visit the Ginger Factory

Yandina, Sunshine Coast QLD

The picturesque Sunshine Coast town of Yandina is home to the Ginger Factory, a tasty tourist attraction that is way more than just a manufacturing plant.

It’s popular with families because there are plenty of things for kids to see and do, including getting close to honey bees and having a water ride where you have to spot the Gingerbread Man among 250 hand-made moving puppets. Kids will also enjoy riding the train, spotting chickens and ducks and visiting Ginger Town.

You could easily spend half a day at the attraction, which is free to enter and open every day of the year except Christmas. The live bee show teaches children about the importance the critters place in nature and finishes with honey samplings – sweet!

The Ginger Tour

The Ginger Tour probably is more targeted for adults but it’s still interesting for kids because they get to see huge vats of ginger being sorted and processed. I never knew there were so many different types of ginger plants; I also found out that only three are edible.


The Overboard Tour

By the far the best attraction for kids is Overboard, a ride where kids climb into a lifeboat and enjoy trip following the Gingerbread Man as he visits some of the world’s greatest ports while trying to escape the clutches of two very determined chefs. I was blown away by the incredible attention to detail and the 250 moving puppets are truly mesmerising; this is something you simply must do while at The Ginger Factory.

The Sugarcane Train

Loco lovers will also adore the open-air historic sugar cane train as it weaves in and around the facility. It’s the best way to take in all the gardens and learn about the history of the place. Named the Moreton, it was originally a coal-fired train that was built in Germany and brought to Australia in 1905 to replace horse-drawn wagons used to cart sugar cane to the mill. It was retired in 1967, replaced with a diesel engine and lovingly restored.


The Tasty Treats

You can’t visit the factory without indulging in a tasty treat at the cafe, the ice creamery is also popular with kids and you can buy a gingerbread man to decorate and then eat! The Ginger Factory shop is packed with goodies including gourmet foods, honey products and cookbooks. Good luck trying to leave without buying a tasty morsel to help you remember your visit.

Overall The Ginger Factory is a must do for families visiting the Sunshine Coast, it’s educational, entertaining and truly does offer something for every age group.


When she’s not treading on Lego and being forced to watch Frozen on loop, Aleney de Winter is a travel, food and parenting writer. She shares tales of travelling and eating along with the hilarious antics of her globetrotting six-year old foodie son and daredevil three-year old daughter on her blog, Boy Eats World

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