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Published February 1st 2016
This great activity can be enjoyed by all ages
These holidays gave us the perfect opportunity to try out one of the many new water parks popping up over Brisbane and beyond. So on one of the drizzliest days of the holidays (not sure how that happened) I piled three mates, one husband and one brother in the cars and we made the hour long drive to Bli Bli Water Park.
Upon arrival you pay a very small $15 for the 50minute session (note you can do a second session for cheaper, but we were so exhausted after our hour and actually all slept on the way - except the drivers of course). The next step requires you to don a life jacket. Originally I though I was way too cool to chuck one of these on, but not long into our session I fell down on attraction and tumbled straight into the water. Only then did I realised how vital these things are and was very glad to be able to rest in the water until I recovered. After chucking on the safety equipment and a quick safety briefing, everyone sprints into the warm water and jumps up onto their chosen inflatable playground-part. Below you can read about my favourite four sections of this amazing park!
THE BIG BAG One of the first sections of the park we headed to was what I am calling "The Big Bag" (note: most of the names used today I have made up). Basically with some skill one person slides onto the end and then from a great height another person jumps onto the opposite side. This action causes the original person to experience a short flight and some free fall before hitting the water. I must admit, we didn't get at high as we would have liked and actually found the entire thing a little difficult to work out, but enjoyed the challenge nonetheless and went back for more many times.
THE SWING Next we headed over to the opposite end of our floating playground. To get to our destination we had to cross slippery paths, jump on springy connectors and swing across the water using rope. Of course this work is half the fun, but our aim in this sudden movement was to get to the only swing. Clambering aboard the seat was a little challenging on the wet and slippery plastic, but once you master the technique (put the swing up high, step in front, then sit down) we went on it over and over again. I mean, who doesn't love jumping off a swing into water?
BALANCE BALL Just before our hour of fun was up we discovered this amazing sphere. It took us a while to figure out its purpose but once we realised that four of us could battle it out atop of the floating device, it suddenly became the main attraction. We pushed, shoved, rocked, fell, jumped and clambered all over it. Versing each other on this ball took up our attention for well over five minutes… basically, until we spotted a larger one. The bigs ones are actually a distance from the rest of the attractions and you actually need to help one-another climb aboard, but once on the giant blow-up circle, the gloves come off and the fighting begins again. It was absolutely brilliant!
THE MANY MANY SLIDES One of the great thrills of this park are the many slides. Each one requires some amazing rock-climbing-like-skills but once at the top you use a hose to wet the long drop before slipping your way down it. My only regret is wearing bikini bottoms and not shorts, because these long and fast slides are wedgie inducing! However it didn't stop me from going on them again and again and again. Parents probably do need to stick close to their previous kiddies when clambering up these higher slides, as the climb up can be slippery (see my anecdote in paragraph one as exhibit A - and I'm 25).
This is me splashing down after sliding down the biggest slide they had!
The six of us had such a brilliant hour, that three of the group went again the following week. I can't wait to return, and experience the exhausting and thrilling fun all over again. I also can't wait to try the wake boarding next door as well!