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Manly Waterworks, Manly

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by Nicole Arathoon (subscribe)
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Published January 10th 2014
Manly Waterworks, Manly
Right now, Sydney is all about the new Wet'n'Wild water park at Prospect but there is another water park which has been around for 40 years. Manly Waterworks right next to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary is on a much smaller scale, much cheaper to enter and just as much fun.

No matter what age you are, the slides at Manly Waterworks are so much fun.

This water park has been around since I was a child and it has not changed one bit. Three slides with a concrete ramp to the top ... no stairs which is a blessing as you get older. Choose your slide; yellow, green or blue. Some people will tell you the blue slide is quicker than the rest but really they are all the same. Sit on your black mat and off you go. Don't attempt to slow down or wait for your friends inside the tunnel. We've all done it. The life guards will catch you out every time and you will find yourself sitting in time out for 1 minute... even us oldies have to face this consequence.

Time flies. The fun is endless. Slipping and sliding your way through another fun day in Sydney.
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Why? Avoid the crowds at Wet'n'Wild, Prospect and head to another of Sydney's water parks which is cheaper, not as crowded and just as much fun.
When: 10am - 5pm , 7 days Monday to Sunday.
Phone: (02) 9949 1088
Where: Commonwealth Parade, Manly
Cost: $17 for one hour, $22 for two hours, $28 for a day pass. Family of four is $58 for one hour , $78 for two hours, $95 for a day pass.
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