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REVIEW: Tropical Fruit World for Families

Tropical Fruit World is an absolute delight and the perfect place to take kids. Delicious fruits, tours through picturesque orchards, a little theme park and an animal farm!

Where is Tropical Fruit World?

Follow the giant avocado! You’ll find Tropical Fruit World in Duranbah just north of Kingscliff. (We visited when we stayed at the beautiful Kingscliff North Holiday Park – make sure you check out our review!)

Originally a research farm, Tropical Fruit World has been open to the public since 1983. They offer fruit tasting sessions, tours on board a special tractor and a real chance to connect with fresh produce.

tropical fruit world tractor

Tropical Fruit World entry fees

There is free entry to explore their markets and café.

Full price entry for adults is $48 and kids are $28 but family packages are available. (We currently have a discount for this attraction – see below.) For your entry fee you get a full day’s entertainment:

  • Plantation Safari (A delightful tour through the grounds led by experienced tour guides who stop to allow you to taste fresh fruits straight off the plant) Note: The tractor can be a little difficult to get in and out of and isn’t wheelchair accessible. If you have a pram, you’ll be able to store it but we recommend just leaving it in your car.
  • Fruit Tasting

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  • Wildlife Boat Cruise (Complete with ducks chasing you!)

tropical fruit world ducks

  • Miniature Train Ride
  • Fauna Park (including animal feeding)

tropical fruit world animals

  • Access to the Island recreation area including picnic areas, mini putt-putt golf, sporting equipment and games

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What facilities are at Tropical Fruit World?

It’s very family friendly. There’s a restaurant and cafe, a great gift shop, lots of opportunities to purchase the very freshest produce you’ve ever seen and even a playground!

The tours themselves take a few hours. You’ll wind all the way around the plantation, learn new facts, visit the theme park and spend some time with the animals. We definitely recommend having a tour on the little mini train!

Travelling on the boat cruise, you’ll feed ducks along the way who become VERY excited about your presence and will follow the boat right around. It was a definite highlight!

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So what is Tropical Fruit World all about?

tropical fruit world walnuts

The main attraction is tasting tropical delights from all over the world, right off the tree. If you’ve never eaten a chocolate pudding fruit, or an ice-cream fruit, you’ve never really lived. Seriously, add a sprinkle of sugar and you’ve got a decadent dessert that’s undeniably healthy.

You’ll sample the world’s most exotic and delicious treats (and smell the notorious durian – Asia’s stinkiest fruit), see native Australian animals in their native habitat and there’s even a petting zoo for the littlies. Kids will enjoy the boat ride, miniature train ride and the playground island.

You’ll particularly enjoy the stop on the Plantation Tour when your group disembarks to crack fresh walnuts! Great fun for the kids.

Once you’re finished, sample decadent desserts made from fruit picked just that morning – and choose from a massive selection of mouth-watering ice-creams too. The cafe and gift shop has a huge range of delicious eats for you to choose from.

Tropical Fruit World – a taste sensation!

It’s definitely not one of the ‘big’ local theme parks. This is a real hidden gem in terms of family-friendly entertainment. Tropical Fruit World is a lovely day out that you’ll want to come back to again and again.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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