This past weekend I ventured down to Fairy Park for the first time in years! I hadn’t been there since I was a kid, and now that I’ve been back again I have NO IDEA why I left it so long between visits.
Fairy Park was Australia’s first theme park, and is located in Anakie, VIC – a tiny township right between Geelong and Bacchus Marsh. For us, it was about a 2 hour drive which was spent with me sitting in the back of the car with a three year old, singing One Direction, Mika and The Book Of Mormon (sorry mum and Matt! 😉)
Fairy Park itself consists of three main areas: The Camelot Playground, which was our first AND last stop, and contains some really cool things like giant slides (“I’m not frightened!” Arlo told me, as she held on to my hand tigher than she ever has before but still insisted on going down by herself), tunnels that lead to a dungeon, and a button with a sign warning you not to press it (*spoiler* I pressed it… and I got sprayed with water); Fairytale Land, which is the main park and contains over 30 attractions, including Pinocchio, Red Riding Hood, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk and Hansel and Gretel, most of which are hand crafted and animated, and include voice overs of the stories; and The Elephant Rock Picnic Grounds, which I didn’t visit this time around but driving past looked absolutely incredible, and I will definitely be adding to the itinerary next time.
Walking around the park made me super nostalgic, and I felt like a kid again listening to all the stories and remembering which ones I loved the most. I hardcore fangirled when I saw The Little Mermaid and made my mum take a photo of me standing next to her, I saw a Hipogriff and yelled out, “Oh my God, it’s Buckbeak!”, and I caught myself dancing to the song that the Three Little Pigs were singing.
Aside from the attractions themselves, Fairy Park also has some killer views, particularly from the summit of Elephant Rock. Fairy Park is right next to Mt Anakie, so there’s definitely plenty to see from the top. The summit also has a telescope which I didn’t get a chance to use myself, but judging from all the “woahhhhs!” I heard from the kids, I assume it was pretty dang spectacular.
I had such a great time this weekend, and I absolutely cannot wait to go again. If you’re ever in the area, I’d highly highly recommend checking it out for yourself.