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“Good day for families, massively overpriced”

Tropical Fruit World
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Tropical Fruit World Day Trip from the Gold Coast Including Wildlife Boat...
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Owner description: Visit Tropical Fruit World and take a fresh look at fun! Climb aboard a guided tractor tour and you'll discover and taste the world's most exotic fruits. Miniature Bushland Rail, Flying Fox, River Boat Cruise, Animal Park, Adventure Playground all included. Delicious all-natural juices, ice creams, and parfaits. Gift shop of local gourmet produce. Located just 10minutes from the beaches and 10minutes from the border. Open everyday from 10am Qld time.
Wigan, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good day for families, massively overpriced”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

It was a nice day out you go on a tractor ride, a boat ride, see some animals and go on a mini railway but its more suited for families with small children and at $44 per adult is ridiculous for what you do. if it was $22 it would have been 5*

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Dave E
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South Canterbury
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fun time had by all”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

What a great place. Everyone enjoyed the fruit tasting. Lots of different fruits to try. We had to leave early as our grandson had to play league after lunch. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. As the tour hadn't finished they sent a buggie down to pick us up. Not a problem to them and only too happy to do it. As we didn't get to finish the whole tour we will be back another time. Would suggest anyone wanting something different to do take the and head to Tropical Fruit World.

Visited March 2013
Thank rustybid
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Brisbane, Australia
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32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Another great visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We first visited Tropical Fruit World three months ago and had a great time. We decided to go again as we wanted to try different fruits to the ones in season the first time we went (especially Miracle Fruit!), we also wanted to arrive earlier and really explore as well as try the café food.

This is not advertised by TFW, but if you want to attend the Miracle Fruit Show and do the tour but skip the animal farm/river cruise/train ride, you can pay a cheaper admission of $29 per adult. This suited us as we were there for the fruit and weren’t keen on doing the other stuff again.

The ‘Miracle Fruit Show’ was very different from when we attended just three months ago. The presenter was different (but just as good!) and the array of fruit was very different. The staples were still there (banana, pineapple, kiwi, papaya) but this time the exotic range was completely different! We got to try Babaco (champagne fruit), Jakfruit, Pink Dragonfruit, Red Dacca Banana and so many more that I can’t even remember. The highlight however, and the reason we came, was to try the Miracle Fruit itself. You suck on this little berry for about one minute, and then for the next hour or so, things that usually taste sour/bitter taste sweet instead! So after sucking on our Miracle Fruit berries, we then went and had ‘seconds’ of a lot of the fruits to taste the difference. Lemons tasted so sweet, like lemonade. Previously sour grapefruits tasted like the sweetest orange! Even fruits that were already sweet tasted even nicer. It was so exciting!

Next we went on the tractor tour. Again we had a different presenter to last time and that meant we got slightly different info so it was still informative for us. We would have liked to walk around the whole plantation ourselves to explore but this is not allowed, I suppose because there’s tractors driving around all the time and it would be a huge health and safety risk. If wandering around exploring things is your thing, there is a section of the park where you can do this – in between the main reception/fruit shop and the Miracle Fruit Show building. After the show and tour we went back to this area to explore and while we were doing so a lovely staff member who was travelling by on a golf buggy stopped to show us which fruits are ripe for picking and invited us to pick some!

This time we were early enough to catch the café before it closed. But we were fairly disappointed by the whole thing – the meals themselves don’t incorporate the park’s produce as much as we’d hoped and burgers are only served 12-2pm, leaving only overpriced and underwhelming fish n chips and avocado on toast or avocado with corn chips as your options. There was also a few wraps and quiche and a salad in the cabinet. The sweet offerings were more plentiful, with smoothies, tropical fruit ice cream and cakes on offer. Next time we will eat before we come, or bring a few snacks as the café really wasn’t worth it. If the park owners are reading this, here’s a tip: check out the Redlands Indigiscapes Centre café menu for an example of how to use local produce to create an exciting and quality menu. I would love to see TFW offer better quality food rather than the ‘cafeteria style’ food we were served.

Lastly we visited the fruit shop and weren’t disappointed there. Again the range on offer was very different to our last visit. We bought so many tropical fruits to take home and were very excited to be able to purchase our own Miracle Fruit tree. Hopefully it will be bearing fruit in 3 years and we can amaze all our friends!

Now that I know we can get cheaper entry by skipping the activities aimed at the overseas tourists, we will definitely visit again. We want to try ALL the tropical fruit on offer!

Top tip: Bring insect repellent. The mozzies are BIG and I got absolutely mauled.

Visited February 2013
5 Thank missjess85
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Wangary, South Australia, Australia
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Who new Fruit could be so interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

Fruit is always considered healthy and most of it nice to eat but I never new there wereso many different fruits I had never tried and are even more delicous than your traditional fruits.
A tour of Fruit World is so worth it not just for nutritional value but also educational value and just plain great fun to do with family and friends.
Really well priced for what you get out of it.
Cant recommend it enough.

Visited April 2012
Thank Darren A
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

I was quite sceptical before I entered Tropical Fruit World as $44 seemed to be expensive, however, decided to enter as we had driven there from Gold Coast.

I am so glad I went in! We started with a tasting of fruit with Felicity who was really friendly and very informative. It was also good to try some things I had never heard of, and also find out some interesting facts about those fruits we eat everyday.

From there, tractor ride down to the animals (I loved the calves and could have spend all day here as I am a sucker for animals!)

I thoroughly enjoyed the 3 hours I was there (I could have killed more time but sadly the rain came)

Visited February 2013
1 Thank JCTraveller2010
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