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Sunshine Castle, Bli Bli

3.2
#4 of 12 in Sightseeing in Sunshine Coast
Castle Tourist Spot
An organized, well-tended theme park created in the image of a European-style castle, Sunshine Castle is especially appealing to families with young children. The park teaches about the historical significance of castles through activities and a wealth of relevant information. Use our Bli Bli trip builder to arrange your visit to Sunshine Castle and other attractions in Bli Bli.
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3.9
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  • Fantastic medieval theme used throughout the castle, kids big and small can dress up. Lots of info plaques. Great place to see a large collection of dolls from around the world with lovely displays.  more »
  • We arrived at the castle in time for the 10am talk that lasted 1 1/2 hours which we weren't expecting. It was entertaining but a little too long. The host was obviously very passionate. We participate...  more »
  • Another fun afternoon after seeing this enormous castle on the highway going elsewhere. Staff wonderful. Self guided tour with genuine relics in castle. Amazing history. Lots to see and do. Doll museu...  more »
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  • The Sunshine Castle (formerly known as the Bli Bli Castle) is a tourist attraction on the Sunshine Coast that has seen better days. It is a bit run down now and could do with being rethought and revitalised. The core concept of the castle is fractured as it tries to appeal to those with an interest in the medieval, yet it also has a massive doll collection. There are also some dinosaurs in the front garden. This makes no sense. They need to pull the key theme of the castle together if they want to sell a cohesive experience for customers. It is best suited for visits by young children (especially girls) aged 3-8 years old. The castle's large doll collection is... extensive. If dolls are your thing, then this is the place to go. The Medieval theme they have is somewhat lacklustre, and the dinosaurs seem like a whimsical afterthought. I have heard that they hold special events like banquets and weddings. The overall experience is neither great nor terrible. I have been to the castle a few times now as my daughters love it (the eldest being 4yo). I find it rather underwhelming and a shade below average.
  • Was fantastic, would've been better if my two boys weren't grumpy at the time. The ladies at the front desk were great, very welcoming and a delight to chat with; offering us two options for tour. These ladies were very knowledgeable about the castles history too. The cost was great, $38 for two adults and two children (aged 2 & 3)
  • Great way to mooch away a few hours and really interesting too! Lovely staff.
  • I'm not a troll, and love supporting Sunshine Coast tourism and it's attractions whenever I holiday there, but this one just isn't one of them anymore. While the staff are friendly and well intention-ed, the attraction as a whole is out of date and in serious need of a revamp. Stay away if you have children; the dress up at the conclusion of a mostly empty exhibit doesn't make up for the rest of the exhibits, and the doll collection really needs its own separate attraction or wing. Won't be coming back.
  • My 4 yr old absolutely loved it. Plenty of interesting historical facts. Great family day out for everyone.

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