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The Waterpark is owned by Cairns Regional Council and managed by Belgravia Leisure, who have combined all the key elements of water fun, play for all ages, exciting water slides and a relaxing family day out to create a mini tropical wonderland for all.
This ideal location is set on an expansive 17-acre property previously known as the old Hambledon Estate, established by the old owners; the sugar refinery company (CSR) - hence its name.
There are 3 additional water slides for the thrill seekers in your family. These are suitable for ages 6 and up. These included the 'rubber doughnut' as my son fondly named it, the double yellow twister - no mellow here! With 'no fear' as their motto, even names, such as Supajet Body slide, wasn't going to deter my youngsters.
For the finale, the speed racer had my sons lifting almost in the air on their way down, determined to outrace and beat their Dad to the finish. Unfortunately, even with a head start, there are just some things that parents don't forget from their childhood!
To replenish those depleted energy stores, simply head to the aptly named 'Splash Cafe', located conveniently on site. As well as the ritual food of fish n chips, a must for any outdoor pool day, the cafe has just as many healthy food options for those who desire something a little more fresh and light.
If you are thinking more along the lines of dessert, there are delicious cakes on offer and enticing vegan ice cream flavours that were hard to resist. Like any cafe, there is always coffee on hand for those who want to settle in for the afternoon with a brewed cup in hand, while the kids do what they do best - play.
Unlike many other commercial operators, Sugarworld WaterPark allows families to BYO food, so if a picnic style lunch is more your style, pack your hamper goodies, find a shady grassy spot or choose from one of the several picnic tables (with umbrellas) scattered around the grounds to enjoy your feast. These are available and free for all to use.
After a hearty lunch, my sons decided for a more relaxed afternoon, choosing to spend the rest of our time swimming in the refreshing cool pool.
During the day, we met the local resident peacock of the feathery kind, including the little babies in tow. One local you definitely won't bump into here, which is of the large scaly reptile variety, is a crocodile, thank goodness.
Why? Cool off with family and friends at Sugarworld Water Park! Situated in Edmonton on 17 acres of lush historical parkland shared with beautiful peacock birds, Sugarworld Water Park boasts all the modern facilities needed for a fun-filled day out.
When:September to April; 10 to 5pm, May to July; 10 to 4pm. Check website for opening hours during public holidays. Sugarworld is closed from 10th July to 1st September for maintenance, reopening Saturday 2nd September 2018