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Published January 4th 2015
Keep Your Cool This Summer
Since writing about Sydney's Best Water Parks some time ago, I have discovered more exciting, family friendly water parks, which are guaranteed to provide hours of fun for your kids and keep you cool this summer.
Blaxland Riverside Park Address: Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park
Located next to Parramatta River, this park has everything you could possibly want and more for a great day out. The best part is that the park is suitable not only for very young children, but also for older kids and teenagers.
The park is spread over 3 hectares and features a great water play area, Viking swing, multi level tree house, tunnel slides, flying fox, scramble wall and so much more.
Plenty of grassy areas ensure children have space to run and play with their ball and the cycle paths give them opportunity to ride their scooters, bikes and skateboards.
For parents, there are sheltered areas and a couple of kiosks/cafes. One of the cafes is located near the water park and the second one – Armory Wharf Cafe is situated near the river. Both offer light meals, snacks, coffee and ice cream.
There are two car parks located near the park, but since the park gets pretty busy, it's a good idea to get there early.
Cables Wake Park lies behind Penrith Panthers and offers its visitors an opportunity to water ski or wakeboard while being towed by an overhead cable system. For more experienced wakeboarders, the course features a number of obstacles, rails and jumps.
All equipment including a safety helmet, and life jacket is provided. Children must be at least 10 years old, although during school holidays Cables Wake Park also runs a Kids Club which caters for children 6 years and up.
The park is very family friendly with a large jumping pillow, volleyball court and playground as well as a recently added Aqua Park, which is located in the back lake and boasts a number of inflatable slides, runways and other structures all connected together and floating close to the shoreline.
Now in its second season, Wet 'N' Wild has become one of Sydney's most popular water parks and rightfully so.
Catering to children as well as teenagers and adults, the park has slides suitable no matter whether you are 4 or 104. The thrill seekers will enjoy 360Rush, Aqua Tube, Bombora, The Breakers and Half Pipe, while children will love the wave pool, miniature versions of T5 slides and H2Go Racers as well as Mini Boomerang Bay and Splash Zones.
For those wanting to learn how to surf or bodyboard, head over to The Surf Deck, where for $25 you get a 40 minute session with an experienced staff member who will teach you how to balance and work with you to ensure you get the most out of your time on The Surf Deck.
If you don't have season passes and want to save money, book for a Twilight session, which starts at 3pm and goes till 10pm.
The park is seasonal, so check their website for opening days and times.
Putney Park is a picturesque park located on the waterfront and offers visitors great facilities including picnic shelters, BBQs, toilets, cycle path and walking track.
For children, the park has two playground areas. On the southern end, you will find combination equipment, toddler spring rockers and swings as well as a large slide and on the northern end features a large climbing net, lookout tower with a tube slide and water play area with a wading pool. The water park is covered with shade sail.
Parking is available in a small car park next to the park and some street parking is also available. The park can get busy during summer, so get there early to secure a good spot.