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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



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