The Chemist’s Castle


Hoy, I’m so jetlagged today I can barely move. Gah.

On to more important things…

The second day we all piled into the car and took a drive toward a little tourist walk. On the way we made a stop at the surreal Bli Bli Castle.

Bli Bli is a Norman-style castle between the coastal towns of Maroochydore and Noosa in Queensland. Built by a pharmacist, the castle opened to the public in 1973. The castle includes a historical display in the Great Hall, a dungeon with what looks like a rack, and a number of armaments and suits of armor. The pharmacist (of unknown name, sadly) lived there until his death.

The next owner added the doll museum. Throughout the castle are dioramas depicting scenes from fairy tales.


The extensive work betrays a kind of quirky passion. Cheaply but creatively done, one gets the feeling someone had a lot of fun putting all of this together. Obsessive fun.


In addition, some of the dioramas are animated, treating the visitor to hallways filled with “dancing” dolls, most clothed in national costumes of the world.

Adding to the surreal nature of the place, the same piped-in tune repeats over and over again as you explore the passageways. A chirpy cross between a country song and a polka, it has at last (thankfully) left my head.

The 24-metre tower provides a gorgeous view, as long as you don’t look straight down into the shoddy surrounding neighborhood.

Me and the MIL

Me and the MIL


In summary: A Norman castle in Australia contains armor, torture devices, dancing dolls, and weird music. Obviously a must-see experience.

1 Responses to The Chemist’s Castle

  1. Jan McNamee says:

    I have read the text about this castle,and would like to know if it is still a tourist attraction.
    If so could you let me know,as we will be in Queensland later next year.It looks very interesting,and I would be interested to see it.

    Regards Jan McNamee