The last day trip my family and I did at the Sunshine Coast was visit The Ginger Factory. The Ginger Factory is a tourist attraction with a working factory, rides and restaurants. Entry to The Ginger Factory is free but the tours and rides cost money.
We bought a combo pass for all the tours and rides. The first thing we did was take a tour of the ginger factory. It was December 26th which is a public holiday known as Boxing Day in Australia, so the factory wasn’t operating. Boxing Day is traditionally a day where employers give a gift to their employees after Christmas to thank them for their service but it’s mostly a sale day where all the extra stock from Christmas is sold.
The factory had just opened so it was just my family and another family on the tour. The guide led us through the factory where the ginger is processed. The ginger is used in candies as well as for seasoning for other foods. They also supply ginger for other brands from all over the world.
After seeing the factory, we were lead to a tasting room to taste ginger products. We ate some meatballs with ginger, a few canapés and crystallized ginger. I heard coughing and gurgling from behind me and I saw that an eleven year girl was chocking. Luckily, she coughed out the meatball and her mum and the tour guide was on hand. I think her mum looked more annoyed than anything else.
The next tour we went to was the Superbee tour as The Ginger Factory also keeps bees. We learnt about honey production which was interesting but I have since forgotten. There was a honey collecting demonstration which I was kind of nervous about but no bees escaped and the bees were in an enclosure.
When the tour had finished we decided to go on the ride called Overboard. The Overboard ride is a gentle ride on a boat that is on a track. The Overboard ride tells the story of a gingerbread man who escaped from some bakers and travels around the world. As it was Boxing Day, we were allowed unlimited rides. It is not an exciting ride and I think small children would like it more but we rode the ride three times just to make the most out of it. I thought the puppets were very good and it was fun to spot where the gingerbread man and bakers and notice things we missed the first time around.
We also went on the Ginger train which is a hundred years old sugar cane train. The train went around a track around the factory. The best part was when it went behind the building and their free range chickens appeared. The chickens roam about the park and get excited when the train appears. They ran after the train and the driver threw feed out to them.
The last thing we did at the Ginger Factory was to look at the gift shops. They have a main gift shop selling ginger and honey products as well as others selling homewares, spices, car memorabilia and dolls.