Stella Price, 3, of Bellingen, gets into the spirit of Easter at the Macadamia Castle near Newrybar.
Stella Price, 3, of Bellingen, gets into the spirit of Easter at the Macadamia Castle near Newrybar. Marc Stapelberg

Castle has egg-cellent ways to entertain kids over Easter

KEEPING chocolate-fuelled kids entertained over Easter can be a challenge, but the fluffy bunnies of the Macadamia Castle do a pretty hopping job.

The rabbits are specially trained by staff and well-adjusted to human handling, making them the perfect animal for kids to cuddle.

They're one of several attractions over the Easter long weekend and April school holidays, including a free Easter egg hunt this Sunday and daily half-hour animal shows and photo opportunities.

Macadamia Castle owner Tony Gilding said the much-loved community asset could use all the support it could get over the Easter holidays, with ongoing Pacific Hwy roadworks taking a massive toll on visitor numbers and revenue.

"We know the local community likes what we do here, they like supporting us and we are an important asset for the area, but we have really struggled over the last couple of months," he said.

Mr Gilding said any help from the community to keep the centre going would be greatly appreciated.

"If everyone in the community just helps a little bit, then we'll be sure to get through and continue to bring along new attractions and continue that conservation message," he said.

"That might be as simple as getting your next takeaway coffee from us, planning your kid's birthday party here, if you're having a lunch with the girls come on down and enjoy our fine, fresh local food.

"If you're having a work event, we've got an excellent facility here, or if you're just stocking up your pantry with fine food, we've got an excellent selection at very competitive prices."

Macadamia Castle is two minutes from the Lennox Head exit off the Pacific Hwy.

Visitors are advised to follow the signs or contact the park on 6687 8432 if they need any directions.

For more information about the centre, including animal show schedules, go to www.macadamiacastle.com.au

WHAT'S ON

> Easter egg hunt on Sunday from 11am to 1pm

> Rabbit petting daily at 11.30am and 3.15pm

> Meet Pebbles the endangered bush stone curlew and the newest addition to the Macadamia Castle's feathered family

> Get a photo taken with an animal each day at 1.45pm, starting Good Friday. A different animal will be available for the picture opportunity from day to day

For a list of other activities to do this long weekend, grab Saturday's Northern Star.



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