My family recently enjoyed a fabulous day out at Kalamunda Water Park which was great news for us, as we are now struggling to find things to do as a family due to having two girls aged 13 and 10 that do not like the same things anymore. It is hard to do something as a family that everyone will enjoy. So after the success at Kalamunda Water Park, I just had to write to tell everyone!
We arrived on a hot summer Saturday around 12 noon and managed to park pretty easy. There is plenty of parking but with all the gear we had, didn't fancy walking with it all in the heat, so we were lucky to park near the gates.
We had never been before so we assessed where we thought was the best place to position ourselves; we needed some grass to pitch our shade tent. There are ample places to base yourselves on grass and a few areas that provide shade under trees. There is a lawned and shaded picnic area and a few picnic tables in the shade too. Plus there is a covered grandstand which was being utilised by many patrons. Lots of people bought their own umbrella's and tents the day we went.
Once we had our base and applied suncream, the girls went straight to the slides; there are 2. You need to use a blue mat to sit on on both of the slides and the mats are located in a pile at the entrance to the slides.
Despite it being a hot summer's day and quite a lot of people there, the queues for the slides were not too bad. The longest we waited was around 10 minutes. You need to obviously climb to the top of the slides and you do that quite easily as there are no steps but slopes all the way to the top. That is much easier on your legs, however there is plastic matting on the floor which was very uncomfortable to walk on. Some people were standing on their blue mats to make it more bearable and my husband had to wear his thongs after a couple of times of walking up and even then he totally gave up as his feet 'were killing him'. Part of the walkway up to the top is shaded which was much needed on our hot sunny day.
There is a lifeguard at the top of the slides and the bottom and they are there to ensure the safety of everyone riding. There was no tandem sliding allowed or making trains.
The slides themselves are actually quite long and in my opinion, very fast. Our family had conflicting views which one of the two slides was faster, and my opinion was the right slide is faster. The left slide twists round like a corkscrew and is dark and you can get thrown around a lot and the right side is not as dark with lots of twists and turns.
Our girls were both entertained on the slides for many hours. There were times when there were no queues and they got on them straight away.
In addition to the slides there are an assortment of pools, all which were quite cold and refreshing. There is the main 8 lane, 50 metre olympic size pool which caters for lap swimmers and fun seekers with water depth ranging from 1 metre to 3 metres. Inflatables are permitted in this pool with some being supplied by the water park. There are 2 children's pools; the bigger one water depth is around 80cm and the smaller pool 25cm. The smaller pool is shaded too. Then there is a toddler splash pad in the Kiddies Play Area for younger children, where they can gain confidence in the water before moving onto the bigger and deeper pools.
In the main pool, there is a seat which lifts and lowers into the water allowing disabled patrons access to the pool.
We were there over 5 hours and you could definitely stay all day, if you come prepared. There are BBQ's available to use, bring a picnic or eat from the onsite Kiosk. We eat from the Kiosk which was just OK fast food and reasonably priced; we had chips $5.00, chicken nuggets and chips $9.00, cheese and ham toastie $5.00 and a meat pie $5.00.
There are change rooms, showers and toilets which were not the cleanest but were not unusable and also a First Aid room.
A family pass (2 adults 2 children under 16) with access to the water slides is $52.00. If you just want to use the pools, then it's a bargain at $17.00 for a family pass. An adult recreational swim is $5.50, child $4.50 and spectators are $3.00 (prices summer 2017 season). Look out for deals on Groupon/Scoopon etc towards the end of the season.
If you are planning a visit, be mindful the slides are only open at weekends and during school holidays.
Overall, this is a fabulous and good value for money family day out. I would recommend it for all ages, from babies to OAP's.