Self Guided Tour & Treasure Hunt
Explore the Castle at your own pace….
Museum Highlights, Treasure Hunt & History Shields
The self guided Castle tour upon admission allows you to experience the various areas of the Castle as well as its displays at your own pace and offers a journey into the medieval era and the Castle history which is completely unique in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.
Castle Museum Self Walk tour highlights:
• Castle Courtyard with the Kings Table, Fireplace, Pillory, Stage and Moat
• Reception Hall with the original Xena Throne from the TV Series and a working Ballista
• Great Hall for the Kings Feasting Nights with his trophies and exhibits
• Castle Dungeon
• Battlement Look Out in the Circular Tower
• Visit the Castle Chapel (Old Ferry Master Hut)
• 24 m Lookout Tower with view from the Coast to the Hinterland
• “Outside the Castle” Display – depicting life outside Castle walls
• Interactive Armour Display – allowing you to touch and try on some authentic armour
• Relics of the Dancing Dolls, Toy and Doll Museum, Fairytale Diaramas & Model Train Railway.
• Castle’s of the world display in the Gallery, Siege of a Castle & James Cooks Travel’s Displays
• International bow and arrows display and a unique master carved Nativity Scene
Our Treasure Hunt is aimed at children or the young at heart and leads you on several different quests around the Castle. It is introduced to you upon paying your admission. It is designed to help you navigate the Castle and offer a light but also educational perspective whilst having lots of fun. A successful quest or an earnest attempt will lead to a treat from the Kings Treasure Chest. The Treasure Hunt is changed several times a year to keep our annual pass holders and regulars challenged.
History Shields on your Tour
The History Shields on your self guided Tour were introduced to the Castle for its 40th Anniversary as a tourist Icon. The newly introduced History Shields allow customers to get more detailed information about the exhibition highlights the Castle has to offer as well as medieval and Castle specific history. A unique opportunity to journey into history that is not available in this realistic format anywhere else in Australia and the Southern hemisphere.
Do you know the purpose of the Castle keep and its difference to a turret, have you ever wondered about how important business was handled in less than hygienic conditions in the Castles privy and what extra defense value this gave the Castles moat?
Taking note of the History shields will add value to your tour!