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Kryal Castle in 2009.

Kryal Castle is a replica medieval castle located eight kilometres east of Ballarat, Australia, at Leigh Creek, just north of Dunnstown, in the foothills of Mount Warrenheip. The castle's name derives from the first initial and surname of its builder, Keith Ryall,[1][2] who had made his fortune selling body armour. Construction began in 1972,[3] and the attraction was opened to the public in 1974.[4]

The castle features a moat and drawbridge, a maze, castle towers, stocks,[5] and an armoury.[6] There are also shows involving jousting, live theatre, a jester, juggler and fire eating, as well as a "Wax Of Torture" museum.[7] The castle also provides accommodation and hosts weddings and conferences.

In 2007 the property was listed for sale with an asking price of $10 million, but failed to find a buyer. There was interest from some parties in turning it into a medieval-style brothel. After having been on the market for several years, it was sold in January 2011 to Jay Finch and Wendy Alexander, who intended to continue it as a hotel and theme park.[8] However, in August 2011 ownership of the property was returned to Keith Ryall after the Finch family was unable to complete payment for it.[9]

In January 2012, Kryal Castle was acquired by Castle Tourism & Entertainment Pty Ltd. It closed for a major renovation and upgrade, reopening in 2013, having been developed into a multi-use venue, offering daytime and night-time tourism, and entertainment experiences. There are Castle Suites with four-star accommodation, as well as function, wedding and conferencing facilities. Medieval adventure, fantasy and theme park concepts have been developed. The medieval sport of jousting has been reintroduced along with sound and light attractions.[10]


  1. ^ "HOMEMADE ARMOR "MAKES YOU CHEEKY"". The Australian Women's Weekly. 40, (18). Australia, Australia. 4 October 1972. p. 2. Retrieved 28 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  2. ^ "Steps towards better grip on dancing". The Canberra Times. 50, (14, 193). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 10 October 1975. p. 7. Retrieved 28 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. ^ "Kryal Castle". Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Kryal Castle goes up for sale - Local News - News - General". The Courier. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Kryal Castle Ballarat — Michael Gorey". 21 December 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Kryal Castle". Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Crazy Domains" (PDF). Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  8. ^ Burin, Margaret (24 February 2011). "New king and queen move into Kryal Castle - ABC Ballarat - Australian Broadcasting Corporation". Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Victorian Tourism Icon Kryal Castle For Sale Again". Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Revamped Kryal Castle to Open". 3BA News. 1 March 2013.

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