An award winning farm attraction on the Tweed/Gold Coast border perfect for your next toddler adventure or fun family day out.
Tropical Fruit World is a working farm with so much more to explore.
When you arrive at Tropical Fruit World and drive in the gates past the large Avocado you will park surrounded by small avocado trees. As you walk towards the Plantation Market you will discover a tractor for the kid’s to climb on, a green space with picnic tables and a large sandpit with more tractors and trucks albeit smaller than the first one you discovered!
Head to the counter at the entry to the Fruit Market to check in for your farm tour. While you’re waiting for your tour to start, check out the fresh local produce in the fruit store that comes straight from the orchards you are about to tour. Also, head into the inside Plantation Cafe and market for a coffee or sneaky treat. There are some amazing natural products available to purchase. This is where you will find the toilets if you need to visit before you embark on your tropical fruit farm adventure.
Entry to the fresh Fruit Market is FREE, and it’s open from 10am to 4pm every day except Christmas Day. Entry to the Café and inside market or gift shop is also FREE. The cafe is open everyday from 9am to 3pm NSW DLST. So you have plenty of time to visit before or after your farm tour experience.
More than 500 fruits from all around the world are grown on this 200 acre family farm and the Tropical Fruit World Team have come up with a fun and educational way for you to discover it all on their family friendly farm tour.
Tours run for approximately 2 hours and you need to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time.
Fruit Tasting Session
We had a delicious start to our Farm tour with the Fruit Tasting session where we sampled and learned about seasonal fruits grown on the farm, many of which we had never tried before.
Plantation Safari Tractor Train
With our tummies satisfied we boarded the Plantation Safari Tractor Train and met our knowledgeable and fun guide who would take us through the 200 acre farm and point out many of the 500 fruits grown there over the loudspeaker system built into the tractor train. Our guide shared information on the history of the area and the farm and more information on the different fruits and farm practices. It was a fun journey for the kids and interesting for the adults. But perhaps the thing we most enjoyed was stopping among the Banana trees and learning a little more about the Bananas there and sampling them and also cracking and eating as many Macadamia Nuts as Fletcher could manage during the stop!
Our next stop was the wildlife walk and Fauna Park where we purchased some food to feed the farm animals. We were even able to cuddle some!
Wildlife Boat Cruise
A short walk from the Fauna Park and the Barn housing the sheep, goats and donkeys is the jetty where we boarded the MV Waterdragon for our wildlife boat cruise where we were on the lookout for native birds and other wildlife that lives around the waterways running through the farm.
We disembarked MV Waterdragon at the Island where we learned more about native flora and fauna and tried some lemon myrtle tea. The kids also had fun exploring the playground and basketball court.
From the island we returned back to the Plantation Market area and had a bite to eat at the cafe and did some shopping in the market.
Book Your Farm Tour
ALL tour tickets must be purchased online (pre-booked) to avoid disappointment.
If you are visiting on a gazetted public holiday please note there is a 10% surcharge on all tours and food & beverage.
Locals – book the Locals only Tour at 50% off (local being Gold Coast, Tweed, Ballina, Byron & Lismore shires).
Infants under 4 years are Free Of Charge by booking as an infant ticket. Numbers on each tractor are strictly limited.
But Wait There’s More
Weekly Farmer’s Market
Farmers Markets are held in the grounds of Tropical Fruit World each Saturday from 8.00 until 11.00, this market brings local producers together to provide a one stop artisan food shop for the community. It’s a great time to visit and also enjoy free entry into the Tropical Fruit World Cafe and Markets at the same time.
Kids Birthday Parties
Get back to nature and host your child’s birthday party on the most unique property at this picturesque family farm. The Party Package includes a tractor ride through the orchards, a visit to the animals in Fauna Park, a boat ride on MV Waterdragon to The Island to enjoy mini putt-putt golf, a ride on the flying fox, and the playground and more.
I had heard mention that Tropical Fruit World was a fun place to visit but beyond that I hadn’t heard too much more. So when we decided to visit I really wasn’t sure what to expect. And boy, were we pleasantly surprised!
We decided to visit with our cousins to make it an extra fun family day out.
And Tropical Fruit World is super affordable for local families with their Locals only Tour at 50% off. And it’s even better for toddler Mum’s and Dad’s as children 4 years and under are FREE!
I was pleasantly surprised by Tropical Fruit World because of the variety offered on the tour. You have the fruit tasting, then the tractor ride, then you stop for bananas and nut cracking and so on… If the kids got a bit restless in the fruit tasting or on the tractor that was okay because there was something new and different just around the corner and the restlessness didn’t have enough time to result in any toddler tantrums!
It was fun for the kids and interesting for the adults. I learned a lot of things on the tours and it gave me interesting things to talk to the kids about as we made our way around the farm.
Overall a really fun and interesting family fun day out. Highly recommend you add it to your Gold Coast experience must do list.
What to pack (suggestions)
- Hats and Sunscreen
- Water Bottles
- Wipes for quick clean ups
- Enclosed shoes are recommended
- Snacks to keep toddler hangries away!
- Consider bringing your baby carrier if suitable as prams and strollers cannot be taken on board tour vehicles