What’s On for the Easter School Holidays at Sunshine Castle


Get up close and personal with resident knight Sir Justyn and his special interest in magic and more in the middle ages. He will enthrall young and old whilst sharing his knowledge about witches, wizards and warlocks in an interactive demonstration.

Back with his favourite activities all young archers are able to learn or perfect how to shoot the medieval longbow (rubber-tip arrows) under the guidance of Sir Justyn.

Be sure to listen out for the daily canon fire displays – that folk promise will be hard to miss.
Learn a little more about history, castles and castle life and join in Sir Justyn’s trivia challenge with your royal team to be in to win.

Have a hoot and learn about Owls!

Raptor Vision is visiting the Sunshine Castle these school holidays with a selection of beautiful Owls for you to meet and greet.
As a local wildlife exhibitor Raptor Vision educates on birds of prey.

The aim is to teach people how to live with birds of prey in their environment and also to
create awareness about conservation and rehabilitation for birds of prey.

Come and meet these amazing creatures in a setting that is but missing the boy with a scar and Hedwig.

The meet and greet is free with regular admission, individual owl holding will cost a little extra.


Australia Day Challenge Weekend at Sunshine Castle

Australia Day Challenge Weekend at Sunshine Castle

Australia Day Challenge – Thong Shoot at Sunshine Castle! 

The Sunshine Castle is opening it’s gates for the 2nd Sir Justyn Australia Day Challenge Weekend. Young and old are invited to the spectacular, where Medieval meets Australia. Get along to Sunshine Castle for some great Australia Day fun and brace yourself because it’s going medieval. Join the team for some fair dinkum activities like

  • The Great Aussie Thong Shoot Archery Competition
  • Take a turn at the Cop-a-Sponge pillory.
  • Have a cracker of a time when Sir Justyn interrupts the goings on with his Cannon Fire Hazaar
  • Learn how Australia may have more medieval cred than you originally thought!

The special Australia Day Program comes for free with regular admission prices and runs from 10am to 3pm with the Castle offering it’s regular self walk tour and treasure hunt as part of the package. Bring your best Australia Day Look and post a selfie anywhere in the Castle to be in to win one of a few ‘sweet as’ prizes up for grabs on the day.

Check out our other upcoming Activities at the Sunshine Castle here

Festival of Funne – spring has sprung school holiday program

Festival of Funne – spring has sprung school holiday program

The Sunshine Castle is once again proud to announce their much awaited school holiday program. 

Visit the Castle and get that royal treatment from Sir Justyn or Lord Stephen and our Castle Wenches. Spring has sprung and a great season for a Castle experience! Check out our great Calender of events and activities sure to set a new standard in medieval education, fun activities and creative recreation.

Castle holiday activities for the kids on the Sunshine Coast

Castle holiday activities for the kids on the Sunshine Coast

Explore the Sunshine Castle these Winter School Holidays..and get the much loved double trouble deal! Every regular admission buys you 2 days of entry to the Castle to receive that royal treatment and enjoy several of the school holiday program activities on offer!

Well known medieval performer and educator and Sunshine Castle resident Knight, Sir Justyn, is set to stage his ‘Skill at Arms’ mini medieval Olympics including ‘The Archery Challenge’, ‘Royal Junior Jousting Games’ and ‘Sir Justyn’s new Trebuchet toss’. Be sure not to miss the Canon fire opening and closing ceremonies or the weapons and armour talks. Sir Justyn brings history to life and appears to have an answer for even the tricky questions.

The Storyteller extraordinaire Lord Stephen of Landsborough loves inviting you to join him as he recounts the stories of travels and travellers, knights, kings and legends. Find out about princesses, castles, battles and medieval magic.
May there be a story that grabs your imagination and beams you back in time. Perhaps you will be asked to kneel and recite the knight’s oath. A lucky few will be knighted indeed.

For the creative kid royals, join the fun on Castle Craft days where the Courtyard transforms into a big arts, crafts and games mecca. DIY Crowns and some great BIG games will keep the young and the young at heart busy with royal business.

The Sunshine Castle is open 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily during Queensland School Holidays with the self guided tour around the Castle and its exhibits that range from medieval displays and educational history shields to high look -out towers, a great hall for festivities, a dungeon to fear as well as relicts of the Castles original doll and fairytale displays. The Castle Treasure Hunt offers three different quests while exploring the Castle at your own pace, with a treat from the Kings Treasure Chest upon completion.

HEAR YE! Sunshine Castle will be moving to seasonal opening times

HEAR YE! Sunshine Castle will be moving to seasonal opening times

  • During All Queensland School Holidays, Public Holidays and Weekends – 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • During School Term:  Mondays Closed and other Weekdays 9:30am – 3:30pm

The Sunshine Castle after 10 years of operating 7 days a week has decided to move to a model of seasonal operation. The experience gained during this decade has given us a basis on which to determine optimum opening hours. As a small family business in the tourism, hospitality and event industry we are making this choice to offer our business increased flexibility and opportunity.

The off season Mondays during the school term that will be closed as a rule to the public – will offer a new opportunity for conferencing groups, film teams and other  exclusive use venue hire opportunities to groups, schools and individual celebrations. We are happy to talk with you about your needs.

This move will also allow staff and management time to work on the business, new ideas and products as well as create a work lifestyle balance vital for a small team.

The Sunshine Castle management is proud of the longstanding community and industry support it has received and is confident there will be smooth transition to the new opening hours. We are also most grateful for the support that we have received from the general public as we celebrate 45 years as a Sunshine Coast Tourism Icon. We hope to see you all at the Castle soon..!!


Launching our new Sunshine Castle Website

Launching our new Sunshine Castle Website

Updating and improving our Sunshine Castle Website has been a goal of our teams for quite some time.

Utilising the skills of our team and community we are pleased to the Launch of our new Website.

We are planning a blog to start soon.

Upcoming topics include:

  • Quirky Weddings at Australia’s Sunshine Castle
  • Kid’s birthday parties – imagining you are a princess
  • Easter in the Middle Ages