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Sunshine Castle – Bli Bli

Sunshine Castle – Bli Bli

In the beginning …

After much searching in 1971, Ian and Marcia Hayne purchased land at Bli Bli, in the centre of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. They chose the location because of its hard granite foundation on a knoll overlooking the Maroochy River and the surrounding can fields.

In 1972 work was commenced to build a Norman/Medieval style Castle. The first stage (today’s receptionall) was completed and opened in March 1973 displaying 8 fairytale depictions and was named Fairytale Castle. Two years later the Great Hall and Moat were completed and the displayed armour came from England, Germany, Spain and Italy.

In 1978, the Great Tower building was commenced and erected in stages in conjunction with an expansion of the souvenir shop and a Tudor Facade on the shop front. On the 3rd May 1980 the Great Tower was opened to the public but remained unclimbable without stairs.
From fairytales to dolls …

In July 1984 Sandy Mackenzie and his wife Jean together with Kevin Tuckwell purchased the castle and renamed it Bli Bli Castle. Work began to enslose and include the dwelling situated alongside the castle into the castle complex. The downstairs area was converted into a Tea Room and Souvenir Shop and opened around Christmas of the same year.

In September 1986 a private doll collection was purchased and opened to the public December 1986. At the same time further work commenced in the Great Tower and eventually a set of spiral stairs allowed visitors to climb the 24 metre high tower whic offered panoramic views across the region.

Change of ownership …

In December 2002 Bernd and Margret Benecke (alias King Bernadus and Queen Margareta) purchased the Castle. In 2006 Birte Benecke-Uhrig and Stephan Uhrig moved from Germany to take over running of the business. Bli Bli Castle was then renamed Sunshine Castle Bli Bli.

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