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Published August 19th 2012
Hours Of Entertainment For Kids Of All Ages
Manly Water Works is located next to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary near Manly Cove Beach and a short stroll from Manly Wharf. It is open between October school holidays and Easter and offers many hours of entertainment for kids of all ages, provided they are over 120cm tall.
The giant water slides are fully supervised and a lot of fun. You will find the twisted Cobra, slippery Python and the blackened tube of Insane Earthworm. The staff are very friendly and if it is your child's first time sliding down, they will take them under their wing and do the first couple of slides with them.
Opening hours are 10am – 5pm every weekend and during school holidays, but if the weather conditions are poor, it is advisable to call to make sure the slides are open.
Cost is $15 for one hour or $21 for an unlimited day pass. Family and group discounts are also available.
Some off-street parking is available just above Manly Waterworks and street parking on West Esplanade. However, if you are planning to stay for more than an hour or two, it is a good idea to park at one of Manly Council car parks.
If you are looking for a fun birthday party for your kids, then Water Works is definitely a great option. Birthday party invitations are available on request and you are welcome to bring your own food or contact Manly Pavilion Café (tel: 02 9948 9555) located near the entrance who can organise catering for you. Manly Water Works can provide trestle tables.
For lunch, you will find plenty of cafes, take away shops and restaurants at Manly Wharf. Alternatively bring a picnic and enjoy a peaceful lunch at Manly Cove Beach or set up at one of the tables on the promenade just above the beach.
If you are done relaxing and want to have some fun then hire a kayak at the beach or visit Manly Sea Life Sanctuary (previously known as Manly Oceanworld). You can also walk to Manly Surf beach or stroll along the Corso and enjoy some retail therapy. On the weekends you will find great markets, which are located off the Corso on the surf beach end.