As a ginger, Buderim Ginger Factory is Jess’s spiritual home. It’s home to some great-tasting food and offers a chance to chill in its quiet rainforest grounds.
Heading north towards the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane, you will pass through Buderim, a small, sleepy, hinterland town. Just off the highway, in a semi-industrial area is the Buderim Ginger Factory.
As a celebration of the region’s most popular local commodity, ginger, the still working Buderim Ginger Factory has been expanded to become a theme park of all things ginger. In typical tourist fashion, you enter and exit through the gift shop but it’s not at all a dreaded experience. The produce is world class and should be purchased in abundance.
Entry to the park is free but you pay for each activity that you undertake. Tours can be arranged at the entrance, and you can while away the time before the next departure in the beautiful covered seating area. You can even entertain the little ones with a decorate-your-own-gingerbread-man kit. But who are we kidding? The adults will love this too! A little thirsty? Try a cold tin of Buderim ginger beer. Simply amazing stuff.
An original diesel cane train that originally serviced cane fields in the area provides a casual, family-friendly way to get around the grounds, meandering through the rainforest to the main ginger factory which is still operational. An audio guide teaches passengers the history of ginger in Queensland and the manufacturing process.
We opt to walk around the grounds. Though small, you can really get a feel for the natural area of Buderim. Crossing over the train tracks there are a row of shops in original Queenslander bungalows selling local and Australian produce, gadgets and souvenirs. We stop to taste some locally produced tea and satay sauces and nibble on samples of fresh fudge.
The rainforest walk is beautiful, with various native forest plants and historical huts. Additionally, there are activities for the kids such as an oversize chess game and ring toss area. It’s no Disneyland, but it’s a homely, peaceful attraction that gives insight into the Sunshine Coast’s past.
Buderim Ginger Factory is a family-friendly tourist experience located just off the main Sunshine Coast drive.
50 Pioneer Rd, Yandina QLD
Just off the Bruce Hwy, Exit 215
OPEN 7 DAYS 9AM – 5PM
(Closed Christmas Day)