Life is about the journey - some roads are not always what they seem but you sure learn a great deal from them!
Published September 9th 2013
Perth is world-known for its spectacular beaches and its abundance of venues for water activities. Whether it is soaking up rays on a crystal white beach, or tackling the waves with a board of your choice, there is bound to be some water wonder designed just for you.
1. Adventure World
With so many water activities to choose from it will be hard to choose which one first. (Photo courtesy of Adventure World
This is probably one of the most well-known amusement parks that host a range of activities including water ones. It has been rated as one of the best theme parks in Australia and has enough activities to entertain the family for the whole day.
Adventure World offers visitors either a day pass or a season pass. A family day pass can offset a family of 2 Adults and 2 children by $164.50. A season pass, on the other hand, can offset a family budget by $450.00, however you have unlimited entry to the park during normal standard hours. The latter would probably be the best investment if you plan to visit the park more than 4 times over the spring and summer season.
There is no comparison when comparing Kalamunda Water Park to Adventure World. Kalamunda Water Park does not have the range of activities that Adventure World has, however it is a great place to take the family for a day of water fun.
The Kalamunda Water Park has water slides, a big lap pool and pools for little kids, spa pools, almost every type of pool for the whole family. A family water pass would offset a budget by $62.00, and you can bring a picnic basket for a real Australia barbeque on the barbeques provided by the Park.
3. The Great Escape
Slip Sliding Away to a GREAT escape from the Summer heat. (photo courtesy of The Great Escape)
The Great Escape can be found at Hillary's Boat Harbour. It has a range of activities for the water and non-water enthusiasts. With 3 wild water rides to choose from, this could entertain the kids for a few hours.
There are of course, non-water activities such as trampoline, mini putt, Jungle Mountain, only to name a few. A family pass to the water activities would offset the budget by $80.00, and all non-water activities would be an add-on to this price.
4. Stand Up Paddle
Stand Up Paddle is a great water activity for most age groups. There are a range of Stand Up Paddle shops that offer lessons for those new in the sport to those seeking fitness through Stand Up Paddle.
Stand Up Paddle is a cross between surfing and kayaking. It is known to give a full body work out as well as offering those wishing to a bigger challenge by surfing the waves.
Stand Up Paddle Surf are currently offering a FREE fitness class at the Bardon Park, in Perth City for those that have a Paddle Board. The class starts at 05h30. They do have demo boards; however you will need to enquire about bookings and pricing.
There are a number of Stand Up Paddle Companies, such as Stand Up Paddle Sports and SOS Surf, that offer lessons that range from $45.00 (which include all equipment). What a better way to see the wonderful aquatic wildlife than on a Stand Up Paddle Board.
Kite Surfing, Wind Surfing and Surfing all have one thing in common. It is includes waves. While Wind Surfing and Kite Surfing love wind, you will find surfers in the waves, wind or no wind.
Surfing is an ancient art which requires strength, fitness and skill. The exhilaration of riding a wave is probably the same as going down a massive water slide.
There are a number of surfing locations around Perth shore-lines where you can pick up some great swells. Of course, you would need a board. However, there are places that hire surf boards for a small fee if you don't have one.
Kite Surfing is about the same and Kite Surfer's love windy conditions. You will probably find them in the same location as you would surfers. Scarborough Beach is a haven for Kite Surfers and Surfers alike. If you want to find out the best surf spots why not check out the 'Surf Wave' website for more details.
Kite Surfing and Surfing Lesson range anything from $50.00 and there are a range of Surf Shops that can steer you in the right direction. SOS Surf offers lessons in this both disciplines, which would be a good place to start.
Reef Walking at the AQWA (photo courtesy of AQWA)
Aqwa is the Aquarium of Western Australia. While, on the most half, you will not get wet, you can enjoy watching and learning about marine life in their habitat.
However, if you are a little bit of a thrill seeker, Aqwa offers three amazing water adventures which include: Swim with the Sharks, Underwater Reef Walking and Whale Watching. Of course the latter is a boating trip out to see whales which also include a pass into Aqwa exhibits.
A family day pass to view marine life will offset the budget by $80.00. A swim with the sharks experience will offset the budget by $159.00 (if you bring your own equipment), and a Reefwalking experience will offset the budget by $20.00 (which does not include the entry fee). Whale watching is by enquiring only.
7. Swim with the Dolphins
Have a Wild Encounter like never before. (photo courtesy of Rockingham Wild Encounters)
Safety Bay (near Rockingham) offers one of the most spectacular venues for a range of water sports. Besides offering SUP paddlers a perfect location to enjoy the water terrain, this is also the home to Rockingham Wild Encounters.
Swimming with Wild Dolphins is on many people's to-do-list. There are not many places in the world where you can experience this. Rockingham Wild Encounters,offers you the opportunity to swim with dolphins in their habitat and with a 99% success rate you can be guaranteed a lifetime experience and memories. This adventure will definitely knock the budget back by $205.00 per person. Children who participate need to be competent swimmers and able to adhere to instructions.
I am a grandmother and a pensioner and enjoy going on an outing with the grandsons during school holidays, however, having just read the prices to go into the water parks, it will bot be happening. I can understand why families buy the swimming pools for the back yard when the prices are out of range for most families. I have enjoyed this article and found it to be very informative, Thank you Brenda.