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Big Pineapple

The Big Pineapple is a popular tourist attraction on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. As one of the best known and loved attractions, the Big Pineapple has operated since 1971 and draws thousands of visitors each year.

Located along the Nambour Connection Road, Woombye, the Big Pineapple is about an hour’s drive north from Brisbane.

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There are so many things to see and do at the Big Pineapple, with recent renovations adding even more attractions; including the Wildlife HQ Zoo that houses native and exotic animals.

Hop on the Pineapple Train which departs every half hour, and enjoy a trip around the Big Pineapple which explores the rainforest, orchids, bamboo forest and passes by the onsite zoo. Get off at Koala Station if you want to visit Wildlife HQ, where you will see alligators, kangaroos, dingoes, koalas, sun bears, lemurs, wombats as well as a large range of reptiles and birds. Wander through the rainforest paths and discover more about the animals with the free keeper demonstrations which are run daily. Within the zoo, there are complimentary BBQ facilities as well as a cafe which serves cold drinks, ice creams, snacks and souvenirs.

You will also find a market at the Big Pineapple every Saturday from 6.30am until 1pm. Selling a range of local organic fruit and vegetables, potted plants and bric-a-brac; all produce coming from local suppliers. The Big Pineapple also hosts a Bubs & Kids Market which is held (in addition to the farmers market) every second Saturday of the month. Here you can find a huge range of second-hand children’s clothes, shoes and toys. There is also a car boot market which is held on the last Saturday of the month where you can find a range of second-hand goods.

The Big Pineapple also holds a range of events all throughout the year, including the Big Pineapple Music Festival which runs for 2 days and has a huge line-up of local music. There are also a range of summer outdoor movie festivals and exhibitions aimed at families.

So come to the Big Pineapple and have a great day out with the whole family.


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    • Hi Bernadette,

      Short Answer: No, you have buy the train tickets additional to the Wildlife HQ entry price.

      Long Answer: I have to say that the official website is very vague and aside from mentioning that the train cost $5 per person (with children under 3 free) there is no information of how you can reach the Wildlife HQ without the use of the train (i went as far as looking at Google Street View and satellite photos).

      What i did find on Tripadvisor was someone else’s experience: “We paid the full admission price and were then asked if we would like to buy tickets for the train (another $5) Luckily we did, as we found out that there is no way to visit the animals on foot and the train ride is essential to see them. When we were leaving, we tried to walk back but were confronted by another padlocked gate, so it was back to the station to get the train back to the exit.”


  • Hi, i wanted to book a close encounter for my adult son to have a close encounter with the animals. Zoo keeper for the day sounds awesome. How much is it and how do i book? He has Aspergers and is high functioning. Am i able to go around with him and do i need to pay also?

    • Hi Lisa,

      This is strange as they state that they are open daily, and as recently as Christmas Eve quoted on their Facebook page “We are closed on Christmas Day only, every other day the Zoo, coffee shop, merchandise shop and train rides will be open between 9 am and 3:30 pm.”

      Perhaps there was some unexpected issue on the day you visited? I will contact them and update our page if there is any change to their opening hours.

      Kind regards,

  • We need to return a rental car and get to the Big Pineapple. Would that be easiest to return a car and get a bus or taxi from Nambour train station, or from the Sunshine Coast Airport?

    • Hi Ellen,

      If you are returning your car to Sunshine Coast Airport, the quickest way is to take a taxi, or take a bus from the Airport.

      After you drop off your car, walk 300 metres to the David Low Way bus stop and catch the #622 Bus which will go to Maroochydore (about 25mins). Transfer at the Maroochydore bus station and catch the #610 bus which will go to the Big Pineapple (about 25mins).

      Alternatively, a taxi will take about 20 minutes and will cost around $40 (+ or – a little depending on day and time).


What is the Big Pineapple address?
What are the Big Pineapple opening hours?
Queensland Zoo
Open daily except Christmas Day
9am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)

Big Pineapple Markets
Saturday: 6.30am - 1pm

Please visit our website for more information on the Big Pineapple.
What are the Big Pineapple entry prices?
Queensland Zoo Prices:
Adult: $29
Child (3-13yrs): $16
Concession: $22
Family (2Ad+2Ch): $79
Extra Child: $12

Pineapple Train:
General: $5
Children under 3 free

Please visit our website for more information on the Big Pineapple.
What is the Big Pineapple phone number?

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