Water World to make a splash in Hervey Bay again

Water World's Alicia Klein enjoys splashing around ahead of the water park's opening this weekend.
Water World's Alicia Klein enjoys splashing around ahead of the water park's opening this weekend. Robyne Cuerel

POP-UP theme park Water World is back in town and sliding into action from this weekend.

All members of the family can enjoy a splash with wading pools for parents and little ones and bigger thrills for kids aged up to 16, on offer throughout the school holidays.

Hervey Bay is one of only three regional areas now hosting the inflatable waterpark founded by Sydney's Osborne family.

Britt Osborne and her husband are technically the directors, but it was their daughter Annika who first came up with the concept while travelling overseas.

"She was on a convention trip in America and saw it and said 'kids in Australia will love this'," Ms Osborne said.

"We decided to try it and it worked.

"She basically runs the business and we follow her around the country."

With more than 40 years of history in the show business, Ms Osborne, who also manages the Sydney Family Show, a mini Royal Easter Show that attracts more than 300,000 people, said she understood amusement rides were often unaffordable and the company aimed to keep costs low.

She was also looking forward to introducing the range of new slides on offer after several were damaged when a storm surge tore through the park in 2012.

Tickets can be bought at http://www.waterworldcentral.com.au

What you need to know

  • Strictly for children under 16 (with exception of Dino Slide)
  • Session times are 10am to 4pm
  • Dates: September 20 to October 6
  • Three-hour unlimited ride passes are $25 at the gate or book online to save $5 at www.waterworldcentral.com.au/tickets/. 
  • Free entry for spectators
  • "Wading" tickets for adults cost $10 at the gate
  • All staffed are trained in water safety and CPR
Alicia Klein sits at the top of the Dino Slide where she gets a great view before taking the plunge.
Alicia Klein sits at the top of the Dino Slide where she gets a great view before taking the plunge. Robyne Cuerel

Topics:  hervey bay holidays pialba water park whatson

Prisoner mental health team expanded to help inmates

Maryborough Correctional Centre.  Deputy General Manager Peter Drage.

Photo:  Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

WBHHS is expanding its prison mental health team.

Have children these days lost all respect for their parents?

Features Writer Amy Formosa. Photo Lee Constable / Daily Mercury

His parents were forced to hide in a bush in fear of their own son!

Local Partners

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Bindi Irwin named in MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals