Being the hot place Darwin is, outdoor water parks can be great places to visit all year round. Leanyer recreational park, also commonly referred to as the water park is a popular destination for both young children and teenagers. The park is just off Vanderlin drive, and is easily accessible by bus or car. Entrance is free, and the opening hours vary with school and public holidays.
Playgrounds: For younger children there are two playground areas at the water park. The water playground shown above, has water guns, "showers" activated by pulling ropes, mini water slides and a giant water bucket which gradually fills up, reaches its capacity, and suddenly tips a great gush of water down on everyone in the area. There is also a non-water playground on the side, with fun swings, bouncy see saws and more.
Water slides: The three water slides are the highlight of the park. Children need to be at least 110cm to go on any of the slides. First timers should start with the blue slide (Blue Blast) which is a wide tunnel, which slides down fairly slowly. The yellow slide (Go Bananas) is a smaller tunnel with a steeper slide. From our experiences taller adults tend to fit less well into the tunnel, and end up with bruised shoulders and heads. However, the red slide (Fun-derstorm) is for everyone and is also my personal favourite. You can either pick up a two person ring, or a single person ring to go down the slide. The tunnel is dark, fast, with unexpected twists and turns.
Swimming: There is a large shallow pool to the side for young children and toddlers. Although there are lifeguards attending to the area, young children must be supervised at all times
General park facilities: A small kiosk is available for hot dogs, snacks and cold drinks. Apart from free water fun, the park also has ideal facilities for parties. There are BBQ areas, green picnic lawns and wooden tables. The park also provides other sporting facilities including basketball and skate boarding areas.