I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published September 7th 2013
Jamberoo Action Park is a water-based theme park located only a few hours south of Sydney, within a valley of lush green hills not far from Kiama. It's an attraction that can be visited on a day trip or incorporated into a holiday. Whichever way you choose to experience it though, you'll want to make the most of your day, and that means getting a heads-up on which rides to try out first. So what does everyone recommend?
My top picks are listed below.
1. The Taipan
For me, The Taipan is the clear winner. None of the other rides can compete with the fun of spinning and falling down the tunnel in darkness, not knowing what's coming next, or how sharply you'll be thrown about. You really do need to hold on to the handles of the inflatable tube and you're left surprisingly soaked by the end (though a lot of that would be from bursting out of the tunnel into the pool).
The ride was definitely the most thrilling I experienced during my visit to Jamberoo Action Park, but there is one thing I'll admit I didn't like about it: getting out of the tube. As you try to clamber out, the floor sinks beneath you and it's surprisingly difficult to swing your leg over the side without losing your balance. One particular member of my family decided the best method was to just roll backwards over the edge, a moment that was caught on camera and became our family's screensaver for many months.
Getting out of the rings was hard; this young lady has decided she needs some help
2. Splash Out While I liked The Taipan, Splash Out was the ride that I kept returning to, which I think justifies a pretty high rating, though I think this was partly due to the fact that its lines seemed to move a bit quicker than at The Taipan. On this ride, you lie flat and shoot down one of two slides, which both have water running along the bottom to propel you along. I never had any sense of where I was as I slid along and it always went for longer than I expected, even though I kept choosing the shorter, beginner's option, so I was always very satisfied with this ride when it ended.
3. Outback Bay I'm not sure why this wave pool is called Outback Bay, though when the waters are calm and still it does at least resemble the latter part of its name. The rest of the time, when the water is churning, you get a real work out as you spend your time pushing yourself off the bottom of the pool to rise and fall with in time with the water. It's best to get out deep, provided you're a good swimmer, and you shouldn't be deterred by the crowds: everyone gets thrown around at the same time, so you don't really hit each other. But if you don't like the sound of such chaos, you can just wait for the water to calm. It's pretty much two experiences in the one attraction; definitely deserving of being in my top three.
Honorable Mention: Rapid River Whether you lie on top of the tube or stick your head through it, use it as a flotation ring, Rapid River offers a more leisurely experience that its name would suggest. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but resting comfortably on top of my ring, I could see the frustration on the faces of those who had fallen off as they tried to get back on (often hiding the fact they were struggling) and often had to avoid certain people trying to add more excitement to the ride by upending their friends. I would have rated it higher, but I think this one might not be everyone's cup of tea.
Avoiding the waterfalls along Rapid River
You've probably noticed that my day at Jamberoo Action Park focused on the more water-based experiences. Perhaps you preferred some of the drier options, like the bobsled, or have some recommendations for those with young kids? Or maybe you've had a chance to test out the newest addition - the Funnel Web. What was your verdict?