38 - 40 Riddoch St
Penola, South Australia
Phone: 08 87372247
Down in the Limestone Coast of South Australia there is a village called Penola. Within this village is a
Magical & Colourful Kingdom called
The quest to design & construct the Kingdom is in its 13th year, with the’ drawbridge’ opening to visitors from other lands on Dec. 5th 2009.
Penolaraya is the ONLY large scale FANTASY model railway of its type in Australia : basing its theme on MAGIC, MYTH & LEGEND.
The MAGIC of MERLIN the WIZARD & the LEGEND of COUNT DRACULA are the two principle characters the Kingdom is built around.
Sir Graham the Knight’s whole artistic life has revolved around the concept of ‘fantasy/surrealist’ art.
Penolaraya is basically divided into 3 different areas...
Merlin the Wizard up on his castle Balcony
Your hosts: Sir Graham the Knight
& Princess Rose
Count Dracula welcomes you to his cocktail party!
Merlin's Castle & School of Wizardry
A hot air balloon floats gently above KING NEPTUNE’s under water Kingdom. You can also see a part of the WHITE BOAT on the right, through which trains pass.
WILLY WONKAS IS FULL OF ‘FANTASY’ DETAIL FOR YOU TO DRIVE LOCOMOTIVES AROUND IN
Why not try one of Rose’s delicious Devonshire Teas served with fresh homemade scones?
The ICE makes its way past a group of "train spotting" gnomes
Looking down on the ENCHANTED WATER GARDEN with its LARGE castles, the floating BERMUDA TRIANGLE MUSEUM & 3 train tracks
· ROSE’S TEAROOM
where expresso coffee & other drinks can be enjoyed along side of Rose’s freshly baked scones; scones that are getting the reputation of being the BEST in the Limestone Coast.
The Tearoom occupies what was once the Penola Memorial Kindergarten, why not consider a birthday party or some other function in the LARGE space?
PLEASE NOTE that you are able to enjoy the Tearooms delights without visiting the adjoining ‘fantasy’ railway Kingdoms.
WHY NOT A COFFEE TO GO?
· THE INDOOR ‘MERLIN'S WORLD"
In this large building you view highly detailed fantasy themes revolving around the 4 metre high MERLIN’S CASTLE & SCHOOL OF WIZARDRY & the 6 metre long by 4 metre high, HOTEL DRACULA.
.... Included in MERLIN’S WORLD is an indoor pond called KING NEPTUNE’S KINGDOM. In this pond is where KING NEPTUNE resides, he can normally be seen sitting in his underwater garden. Also in this Kingdom, is his underwater train, its station & the Kingdom’s houses.
Also within MERLIN’S WORLD is WILLY WONKA’S WONDERLAND. This a large ‘fantasy’ layout, where visitors to PENOLARAYA, are able to drive locomotives.
IT’S HANDS ON FUN FOR EVERYONE.
‘MERLIN’S DETECTIVE SHHET’ is a popular quest to find & ‘tick off’ required items; a prize is on offer.
·The outside ‘ENCHANTED WATER GARDEN KINGDOM’;
In this Kingdom, where the GRASS IS ALWAYS GREEN, you will see several castles, waterfalls & a large pond with floating structures on it. (including castles)
‘G’ scale trains slowly make their way around their tracks; their loud sounds competing with the cascading rhythm of the waterfalls nearby.
These large scale trains are designed to operate outdoors.
See the BERMUDA TRIANGLE MUSEUM.... a large floating island with broken ships, a helicopter, plane, an air craft carrier & the “YELLOW SUBMARINE” on it.
The ENCHANTED WATER GARDEN KINGDOM has as its back drop, the 1860’s cottage known as ‘GLENGARRY’.
This Kingdom is home to dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, Barbie, Ken & their friends.
The New COFFEE WHARF is open.
Sir Graham the Knight with the Kingdoms new Welcoming ambassador..... HERMAN the Troll
All visitors who are young & young @ heart, love driving the locomotives.