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Interesting, but why build it?

I must have missed something .... Other reviewers were far more impressed than anyone in my... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
Steve W
Karratha, Australia
Worth a look

Went with 2 adults and 2 children only charged for adults $5 each. Lady is very passionate about... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Wollongong, Australia
via mobile
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Aug 9, 2018
“Interesting, but why build it?”
1 week ago
“Very Weird Experience”
Off Black Prince Dr, Lightning Ridge, New South Wales 2834, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Another fascinating but almost sad experience. have to experience it for yourself. Very hard to explain this one.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Trish B
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Went with 2 adults and 2 children only charged for adults $5 each. Lady is very passionate about the property and history of the building. Worth a look, lady is very quirky and is happy to chat and answer any questions in regards to anything...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank bvleathley
Reviewed 9 August 2018

I must have missed something .... Other reviewers were far more impressed than anyone in my party. Has been removed from the recommended tour route available at the Tourist Bureau and we only found it by using an outdated map found online.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Steve W
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Have a look around at what this man achieved, his knowledge of the stars and be in awe of his building skills!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Debra S
Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful tour. Beautiful passionate lady, Ivanka gave us the most wonderful history lesson. She is so passionate about the monument and carrying on the builders unfinished work. It is so sad she had been mistreated by the local tours and taken off...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Dani0163
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Very interesting place with history, quirky and weird but incredible too. Informative lady will show you around and asks for a donation of your choice rather than a price so give what you think its worth

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank susie37760
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Don't leave without seeing it! Ignore what you hear from the locals and the Information Centre. She has been removed from the Red Door Tour so go left just before Amigo's Castle. OK the lady is a little eccentric but maybe the local attitude has...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank cuzzo14
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Got a very interesting history lesson from a lovely natured lady a must see attraction . It is afun way to learn about famonuse people that you donot learn about at school. It should be put on the attractions so that more people get to...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Astrid R
Reviewed 20 July 2017

I had an enjoyable morning doing the tour of the monument and garden and learning about both Alex and the current owner's lives. Both the types of characters I'd expect to bump into in a town like this. It took longer than I expected, but...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Ian W
Reviewed 17 July 2017

What a great personalised tour by a lovely lady. She has copped lots of abuse by locals but we found her tour very informative. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank malvic2016
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