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HOT: Fairy Park, Anakie

Fairy Park is Australia’s oldest theme park, located in Anakie about an hour west of Melbourne and 30 minutes from Geelong.

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Since 1959, Fairy Park Anakie has brought fairy tales and mythical creatures to life for children. The theme park features hand-crafted moving displays set over 22 acres of landscaped gardens.

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You can't miss the entrance, with a giant Gulliver statue beckoning you into the Anakie Fairy Park. Generally, you buy tickets on arrival with cash or credit card (surcharges apply) so it's good to arrive early before a potential queue of cars.

The Fairy Park a unique half-day trip with under 5s as 2-3 hours is sufficient time to see everything, including a visit to the adventure playground and lunch.

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Set your expectations appropriately because Disneyland it is not. But it’s also about the 10th of the price of Disneyland!

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Adults will probably think Fairy Park Geelong is daggy and dated. However, 4-year-old Lady AB is the perfect age for it. She is able to walk independently up the very steep paths and is excited to recognise the fairy tale characters such as Cinderella and Goldilocks – but still young enough not to be cynical about the unsophisticated animatronics.

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She is quite enthralled by the hand-crafted displays and wants to hear the end of every story, not just content to push the button once to watch the moving parts.

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At 2 years old Baby 2.0 is too young for it. We have to keep him strapped to the pram because of the steep paths (he’s a fearless bolter) which means he doesn't have much patience for looking at the dioramas. He is really frightened of the giant dragon too whereas Lady AB relishes the opportunity to dress up!

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I reckon older kids who are used to more whizz-bang animatronics and techn0logy may find Fairy Park Melbourne a bit junior for their tastes.

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There are some really lovely landscaped gardens and the view from the summit is spectacular (though cold!).

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Train enthusiasts will enjoy the large model train set and the tiny model train museum.

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Both kids enjoy climbing around the Castle Kids room (mostly to shelter from the icy winds I suspect) and the Camelot Adventure Playground. The playground has a unique medieval theme with structures featuring castles and creatures.

Make the playground the last stop as it's at the bottom of the hill, and it's much easier winding your way down the hill than heading up.

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We finish off our visit with a packed lunch under Ye Olde Shelter by the carpark. In terms of catering BYO is the best bet as there is only a kiosk with hot food on certain days only. There are 10 coin-operated BBQs on site that you cannot book, so it's first in best dressed.

The toilets are nearby and clean, with a change table for babies. There are other picnic areas and barbecues available throughout the park.

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Fairy Park Victoria is a throwback from the past, before CGI, 3D and touch screens. It’s old-fashioned entertainment that will particularly enchant preschoolers and is a memorable half-day adventure for all of us.

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Tips for the Fairy Park:

  • Go up the hill to Fairytale Land to see the animatronic displays first, then finish off with the Camelot adventure playground and lunch at a picnic table/BBQ shelter.
  • If you’re visiting in winter then rug up extra layers and wear a beanie. The hilltop is very windy and whistling wind in your ears does not make a pleasant experience.
  • If you’re visiting in summer bring a hat with a strap (so it doesn’t blow away in the wind) and sunscreen as the park has no real shelter.
  • Paths are pram accessible throughout but can be very steep in parts.
  • The Castle Kids area contains $2 coin-operated rides.
  • BYO picnic or BBQ lunch. The food van, kiosk and shop are generally only open weekends.
  • There are 10 coin-operated BBQs on site.
  • Expect to spend about 2-3 hours there, including the playground and lunch;
  • Generally, you buy tickets on arrival with cash or credit card (surcharges apply).
  • Keep an eye out for discount deals for Fairy Park Anakie. We visit Fairy Park for $25 for 2 adults and 2 children, which is a good saving on standard prices.

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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