A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published February 21st 2013
From theme parks to community swimming pools
Water slides can be exhilarating, an adrenaline rush for kids and the young at heart. On a hot day, a trip to a water slide can not only cool you off, it provides endless entertainment for your kids as they shriek in excitement. If you live in Brisbane, there are a few options within driving distance with theme parks being the most popular options.
Theme park options
You may have to drive down to the Gold Coast but a full day of fun awaits. WhiteWater World is a popular option, costing $49.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids. You also have the option of combining this with a Dreamworld entry with a double park pass. Other than thrill-seeker slides, there are also mini slides available at Wiggles Bay for the smaller children.
Wet & Wild is another popular option which you can combine with Seaworld and Movieworld. The locals' VIP pass for Queensland residents is only $79.99.
If you live further north, you may want to drive to Sunshine Coast instead. Thrill Hill Waterslide Park is located two kilometres north of the old Big Pineapple site on Schubert Road, Woombys; 15 minutes from Maroochydore. The Waterslide Park is open from 10 am to 5pm. Entry is $2.50 and slide admission is $17.50, where you can enjoy 120 meters of water slide thrills and spills.
If you do not want to fork out the higher cost for theme parks, some council pools provide the next best alternative with some water slides available to entertain your kids.
Albany Creek Leisure Centre at Cnr Old Northern Rd & Explorer Dr, Albany Creek has a water slide and a young kid's area, providing hours of fun at the local pool.
Chandler Aquatic Centre—Sleeman Centre at Old Cleveland Rd, Chandler boasts a giant water slide, guaranteed to bring laughter and fun at their 25 metre activity pool ($4.80 for adults). Parents can try the aquatic exercise sessions. The pool is also indoors, which make it great regardless of weather conditions outside. Council pools are usually reasonably priced, some subsidised by the council.
Belbowrie pool at Sugarwood Street ($4.90 for adults and $3.50 for kids) has a splash pool, water slide and a wading pool with good shade. It's not quite a thrilling water slide park, but there should be enough there to keep your kids happy on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
Newmarket pool at 71 Alderson St Newmarket ($4.90 for adults and $3.50 for kids) also has small slides in the childrens' leisure pool, perfect for smaller children. There is a shade cloth covered toddlers wading pool and a covered heated pool for people afraid of the cold. There are tubes for hire.
If you live in the North, Chermside Pool is a delight for kids. It has a two-person tube ride, open water slide, four mini slides, lily pads, shaded areas and a café making it almost similar to a water theme park but cheaper.