Thursday Plantation – a world of natural medicine


A rainy, humid day in Ballina – our first full day here and what can we do?  We thought it risk-free to explore Thursday Plantation – a World of Natural Medicine.  It’s FREE to enter, has a maze for the kids, a rainforest walk, sculptures and a theatre room set-up to explain the origins of Thursday Plantation.  Half of us enjoyed this attraction and half of us didn’t!  The staff were very helpful and friendly, allowing us to apply liberally their tea-tree Walkabout Insect Repellent.  Donning our Rainbird spray jackets we ventured deep into the sculpture garden, spirit of australia tea tree maze and the rainforest walk & botanical gardens.


The sculptures were interesting and the maze was fun with the beauty of nature obvious in a beautifully designed spiderweb (we also found the spider!) and the occassional ‘interesting’ sculpture along the way.  From the maze we continued deep into the tea tree rainforest where mosquitoes were aplenty!  This is where the fun tended to demise from the childrens perspective as they felt they were being ‘eaten alive’.  Mozzies must LOVE children as I feel I came out of the experience relatively unharmed from those little pests.  The highlight of the rainforest walk, apart from the obvious beauty of nature was the door in the middle of the forest.  K5 enjoyed jumping over what he named ‘crocodile creek’ – a little stream running at the end of our journey.



Whilst the children were in a frantic hurry to get back in the car and return to our ‘holiday home’ I spent 5 minutes back at the gift shop and purchased some Thursday Plantation Walkabout Insect Repellent (it worked for me!), Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Antiseptic Cream, Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Lip Balm & Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Face Wash for Acne.  I hope the family doesn’t mind me smelling like a Tea Tree!

Have you been to Thursday Plantation? 

What did you think?


1 Response to “Thursday Plantation – a world of Natural Medicine”

  1. PlanningQueen Says:
    I think the plantation looks like a fabulous place to visit! Will keep it in mind if I ever get up that way.

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