IT WAS clear at last week's launch of a book on the history of the Macadamia Castle at Knockrow that history repeats.
The couple who built the castle in 1975, Allan and Joyce Howard, recounted their story of why they established the Castle.
The former Ballina motel owners who now live on the Gold Coast said they wanted to give tourists visiting Ballina something to do, particularly on rainy days.
Ironically, it rained heavily for the book's launch.
And Mr Howard said he had to battle the then Department of Main Roads to get the iconic Ballina tourist destination open.
Current owner Tony Gilding is now lobbying hard to ensure signage for the Castle is
placed on the upgraded Pacific Hwy route between Tintenbar and Ewingsdale, which will
pass behind the Knockrow property.
Mr Gilding said there was a lot of talk from Roads and Maritime Services that signage would be placed on the new highway, but he has yet to see plans as to where the signs will be, or the name of the tourist drive which will follow the old highway route.
State Member for Ballina and Minister for the North Coast Don Page said he was "reasonably confident we will be able to make all that happen".
About 300,000 people visit the Castle each year, and it employs 50 people.
Mr Page said the diversity of the Castle - with its cafe, animal park, putt-putt golf and local produce retail - was a major plus for the Castle.
He said he has been a regular visitor over the years.
The 24-page book costs $7.99 and is available at the Castle.