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Tynong - Gumbuya Park




Gumbuya Park, Nature's Playground where a unique blend of natural and man made attractions makes for a memorable family outing.

Attractions include:
  • Paddle Boats
  • Children's Playground
  • Mini Cars
  • Mini Golf
  • Toboggan (Australia's longest concrete toboggan)
  • Twister Karts
  • Water Slide - Open November to Easter (weather permitting)
Note that some rides have age restrictions.

Animals and birds include cockatoos, dingos, emus, kangaroos, wallabies and wombats. There is a walk through aviary and a duck pond.

There are 50 free BBQ areas, all with ample seating, across all areas of the park. For when the weather isn't the best, there are spacious indoor areas with open fires.

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Whether Gumbuya Park represents a fun, interesting and cost effective day out for the family depends on what you want to do (animals and /or rides) and the number and age of children. The pricing structure is very complex and a few things were not completely obvious to us from the website. Firstly, the general park admission includes access to all the animals (except the pony rides). You only need to pay extra for the one-on-one animal encounters. Secondly, if an adult pays for a ride ticket then a child (aged 3-9) is able to ride with them without having to pay for the ride. This applies to all the rides except pony rides and the toboggan ride but all these permutations were not obvious to us (or Professor Julius Sumner Miller for that matter). Also, be aware that the full repertoire of rides and facilities only happens on weekends, public holidays and school holiday periods.

If you get an unlimited rides ticket then first port of call is the main building where you exchange your entry ticket for a wrist band. This area has a decent playground with secure fencing and shade sails. I'm guessing though that the kids didn't come for the playground though. In this area there are plenty of tables and seats scattered about (some with shade).

The wildlife areas have a combination of open enclosures, closed cages and free range areas for the kangaroos. The closest animal area houses some koalas in an enclosure with high walls and no roof plus some cages with owls, brushtail possums and a tiger quoll. Nearby is a large Aboriginal artefacts display including a huge number of boomerangs.

The animal highlight was the large wooded area where you can get close to the grey kangaroos and feed them (there are $2 and $5 feed bags in the cafe). There is also a large aviary section where most birds are caged but a large number of peacocks wander around outside the cages. Keep an eye out for the black throated golden pheasant with its beautiful striking colours (I took a lot of photos trying to get an elusive nice photo of one of these gorgeous pheasants). It would be nice if there were more signs telling visitors what birds were in each cage.

The mini-golf course is under cover which is handy for a wet or very hot day. The course was a combination of easy holes with some elevated sections which were excruciatingly difficult to get the ball in the hole. The condition of the surface was quite bad. If you are a good player you might be able to get a birdie or even an albatross. However, on this course an emu is just as likely since they can inquisitively peer over the side barriers of the course.

The queues for the rides were quite reasonable (about 10 minutes in general). The rides were fun for the kids (mainly driving cars) but fairly slow for the adventure seeker. Older kids can go on the toboggan which can pick up serious speed but you need to brake before each curve to avert calamity. The paddle boats on the lake are fun for the kids although Dad wasn't so thrilled after having to paddle very hard against a very strong wind to get back to the jetty. The water slide was fine but not huge. However, combining the single water slide where you have to get into your bathers and get wet with all the other dry activities wasn't that handy (maybe wait for a wet day and then you won't care).

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2705 Princes Highway,  Tynong 3813, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: (03) 5629 2613
Map: X912 Ref: S6

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