Knockrow’s Macadamia Castle recently received a $500,000 upgrade, jointly funded by the Castle’s owners and the federal Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund.
Last week saw gala celebrations to launch the new upgrade, with Page MP Kevin Hogan officially opening the doors of a new convention centre with a traditional ribbon cut.
The Castle, which has been a popular tourist and family destination for more than 35 years, is hoping to attract even more visitors with the convention centre, which includes a conference room, a large 85-seat covered outdoor education ‘pond’ stage and a covered family barbecue area.
The improvements have been designed to facilitate use of the attraction in all weather conditions.
The move is part of a proactive strategy to help deal with the possible loss of traffic because of the highway upgrade, which will bypass the Castle’s front door.
Owner Tony Gilding is also hoping to expand on employment and educational opportunities at the facility.
For the opening there is a display of orang-utan photos curated by award-winning author and photographer Eben Venter.
~ Photos Eve Jeffery