Today's Big Pineapple is a bit different to what you remember, but still worth the trip
The Big Pineapple is a heritage-listed tourist attraction in the Sunshine Coast Region. If you are a local to Brisbane, you probably have fond memories of visiting with your family as a child.
It originally opened its doors in 1971, and has gone through many changers over the years. Just because the main building is shut, doesn't mean it isn't worth the trip. You can still climb the Big Pineapple and explore the process of pineapple farming from start to factory and even take a ride on the pineapple heritage train. And the amazing Wildlife HQ has opened just off the main building.
Wildlife HQ features over 200 animals moved over from Alma Park Zoo. Housing native and exotic animals from around the world, animals include Indian Black-buck, Red Pandas, troops of South American monkeys, a bear-cat, and pack of dingoes, just to name a few.
Prices are great value for money, starting at $29 per adult, $15 per child over 3 (under 3 is free). And $79 for a family pass (2 adults and 2 children).
You can also pay extra and enjoy an encounter with one of your favourite animals. Here are prices for some of the animal encounters:
- Native Animal Encounters are $30 pp.
- Snake Encounters are $20 pp.
- Each encounter with either binturongs, red pandas (only available in winter) or sun bears is $50 pp.
- Each encounter with Ring Tailed Lemurs is $50 pp.
- Meerkats are $50 pp
- Each animal encounter is $50 pp. Boa Constrictor is $20 (max. 4 people in photograph).
You can also buy $3 bags of food to feed the large array of farm animals they have.
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You can also ride the Big Pineapple. Well, the miniature version anyway. To ride the Big pineapple miniature it is $5 per person, with under 3's still being free. The train will allow you to ride up to the big pineapple and through the rain forest, so you can stop off to see the more native animals.
After you walk through the native animals you can stop at the little cafe for ice cream and snacks, which can be enjoyed while watching the Meerkats and Dingoes.
Overall the Big Pineapple and Wildlife HQ is great value for money, with a large array of animals, many you can feed and get in close contact with, something that will keep young children excited.
While it does get busy, everything is well spread out so it is a great day trip for larger families who are after a relaxing day.
Location: 76 Nambour Connection Road, Woombye
Opening Hours: Open 7 days 9am to 4pm
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