Splish, splash, splosh ... Image: Aussie World FB
The Sunshine Coast is the spot to head to when looking for sun, sand and fun family times. The relaxed and laidback vibes lend themselves perfectly to the water fun seeker, plus it's big on family-friendly and it's big on fun! Here are some refreshing ideas on how to celebrate with water in our 'beautiful one day, perfect the next
' Sunshine Coast clime.
Jump in and make a splash with family and friends at one of these water parks on the Sunshine Coast.
💦 Aussie World water play area
1 Downunder Drive, Palmview
Tickets to Aussie World may be purchased online here
Leak 'n Logs is a water play area at Aussie World
Leak 'n Logs is a water play area that features a walk-through mist shed, tipping buckets that randomly tip, intermittent and continuous showers, an outback log waterfall, water jets and a tin shed that emulates a typical Queensland electrical storm complete with thunder, wind, lightning and rain. An inviting way to cool off! Please note that little ones need to be supervised in this area.
Make a BIG splash on The Plunge - Image: Aussie World FB
Making a big splash at Aussie World is The Plunge, an absolute must-do experience when visiting Aussie World. Riders climb aboard hollowed-out logs which are propelled by flowing water through a fun twisting waterway, before climbing upwards and plunging down a big drop, much to the amusement of riders and spectators. A hysterical, filled with anticipatory delight, option, to cool off without getting too wet!
💦 BLAST Aqua Park also known as Coolum Aqua Park, Coolum
60 Junction Drive, Coolum Beach
Open daily 10.00am to 4.00pm
Buy your tickets to BLAST/Coolum Aqua Park online here
Have you visited the biggest aqua park of its kind in the world?
Visitors to BLAST Aqua Park
, with its more than 700 square metres of inflatable, wet and wild bouncy fun, will quickly realise why this is actually the biggest aqua park of its kind in the world.
The BLAST Aqua Park is home to a variety of fun, inflatable equipment with inter-connecting walkways, the kind of awesome equipment that kids go wild for.
There are heaps of water activities for the whole family to get involved in here! Image: Oz Ski Resort FB
Other activities to look out for at 60 Junction Drive in Coolum Beach are run by Oz Ski Resort
and they include banana boat and tube rides, 'learn to waterski and/or wakeboard
' and an onsite Cafe.
The Coolum Aqua Park is classed as an outdoor recreational facility and falls into the same category as theme parks and as such entry is only permitted to fully vaccinated guests whether they be participants, staff or spectators, aged 16 years of age and older.
💦 Bli Bli Watersports Complex
367 David Low Way, Bli Bli
Open daily 10.00am to 5.00pm
Pre-purchase your tickets to Bli Bli Watersports Complex online here
A fabulous family day out awaits at Bli Bli Watersports Complex - Image: Bli Bli Wake Park FB
Bli Bli Watersports Complex is a similar set up to the BLAST Aqua Park, with a variety of floating inflatables set up on calm water. This Watersports Complex sits on fifty acres of land bordering the Maroochy River and is a mere five minutes from a range of world-class surf beaches.
Learn to wakeboard ...Image: Bli Bli Wake Park FB
Operating since 1990, the Bli Bli Watersports Complex currently houses the Wake Park
, the Aqua Park
and the Barra Fishing Park
. The Aqua Park houses the inflatable slides, swings and obstacles; the Wake Park consists of two separate lakes with full-size cable systems and the Barra Fishing Park is a large catch-and-release fishing park with a variety of species of fish.
A 'catch and release' fishing facility - Image: Bli Bli Barra Fishing Park FB
The Bli Bli Watersports Complex is classed as an outdoor entertainment and leisure facility - the same category as theme parks - and as such vaccination requirements have been in place since the 17 December 2021.
💦 Kings Beach, Caloundra
Open all day, every day
FREE play areas
Children love the water fountain with its time delayed spurts of water
Kings Beach in Caloundra always provides a fun ambience, no matter when you choose to visit. Between the fun rock pools and the child-friendly water fountain with its time delayed surprise spurts of water, the oceanfront saltwater swimming pool and the gentle beach break with protected swimming areas, a day out at Kings Beach is always exhilarating.
💦 The Laughing Frog Lolly Shop and Water Park
Australia Zoo, Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah
Open daily 9.00am to 5.00pm
Pre-purchase your admission tickets to Australia Zoo online here
The Laughing Frog Lolly Shop and Water Park is a fun-filled area, which is open to all guests visiting Australia Zoo and showcases spectacular wildlife sculptures, designed by Australia Zoo artists.
Cool off in the water splash play area at Australia Zoo
Day visitors love to cool off in the water splash play area, designed for keeping even the youngest members of the family safe and refreshed. There's a humongous frog that tips bucket loads of water onto those brave enough to stand underneath when it starts croaking, plus a giant kookaburra and a bubbling crocodile.
The Laughing Frog Lolly Shop has more than 300 different types of lollies and loads of ice-cream flavours. Grab a coffee and watch the kids as they frolic and play in this not-to-be-missed kids' area of Australia Zoo
- it's especially welcoming over the warm days of spring and summer.
💦 Thrill Hill Waterslides
74 Schubert Road, Woombye
Open summer from 10.00am to 5.00pm
Open winter 11.00am to 4.00pm
Closed July to September - please see website here for specific hours and closure dates
Entry tickets to be purchased at kiosk on arrival
The privately-owned Thrill Hill Waterslides
can definitely claim the accolade to being the Sunshine Coast's only in-ground waterslide park as well as the 'best value 50 minutes of FUN on the Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast's favourite waterslide park!
Children as young as two, mums, dads and grandparents too, all delight in experiencing the exhilaration and speed of Thrill Hill's one hundred and twenty metre dynamic hydro slip slide. Children under the age of three slide for free when sliding with a paying slider and with a maximum pool depth of only 900mm, no swimming is required.
With plenty of on site parking, covered BBQ and picnic facilities, a kiosk offering delicious and affordable snack food, Thrill Hill Waterslides is definitely the family day trip to bookmark. For special events, birthdays and Christmas parties, school and corporate groups, Thrill Hill Waterslides offer reduced group rates as well as night-time bookings. Imagine … water sliding under the stars!
Watersliding under the stars! Image: Thrill Hill Waterslides FB
Splish, splash, splosh, beat the heat and dive into one or all of the Sunshine Coast's many water play parks, adding magic to a fun family day out!
Images courtesy of Elaine de Wet, author unless otherwise indicated