Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…read more
Ambitious locations look to low-cost inflatable aquatic playgrounds
With local newspapers across Australia reporting on entrepreneurs and ambitious local authorities seeking to create 'Wet'n'Wild-style' attractions, the low entry and set-up costs of inflatable waterslides and open water aquatic play features can be a flexible alternative to fixed attractions.
Opened in November last year, the AquaSplash (pictured above) open water inflatable playground at Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast was one of the industry’s major successes of the 2013/14 summer, attracting close to 50,000 visits during its operating season.
Many operators and locations are looking to replicate this success, with the Darwin Waterfront Corporation recently undertaking a tender for a open water inflatable playground to operate in the city’s waterfront wave lagoon.
Set to operate through the winter, such a venture would enable the operator to relocate the equipment to southern States during the Australian summer.
Launched 12 months ago, Waterworld Central, Australia's first portable waterpark, enjoyed a successful first season operating on the East Coast, working its way down the coast from installations in Sarina, Prosperine and Gladstone in Queensland, to Newcastle in NSW and on to Sydney's Entertainment Quarter during the summer 2014 school holidays.
This year Waterworld Central (pictured below) is currently scheduled to operate in Hervey Bay, Sarina and Newcastle.
In North Queensland, last weekend (13th and 14th September) saw the opening of the inflatable Water Wonderland at the Townsville Showgrounds.
Described as the ‘world’s largest inflatable water theme park’, the attraction contains four 25 metre round pools, more than a dozen slides, an inflatable maze and an obstacle course.
The attraction will operate in Townsville before being relocated to another, as yet unspecified, location.
The presence to the inflatable waterpark in Townsville has led the local newspaper, The Townsville Bulletin, to report on the attraction as being a potential “catalyst for bringing a permanent Wet'n'Wild-style park to the city.”
The newspaper reported Townsville City Councillor Pat Ernst as suggesting that a successful season for Water Wonderland attraction could encourages investors more confidence to develop a permanent water theme park in Townsville.
Councillor Ernst told The Townsville Bulletin that Water Wonderland’s operators had shown “initiative” by filling a void in Townsville’s tourism industry, stating “they believe there’s a market for it, albeit they’re taking a very temporary style avenue.”
Such has been the impact of Village Roadshow Theme Parks’ waterparks in the past 12 months, particularly Wet’n’Wild Sydney that the term ‘Wet’n’Wild style’ waterpark has entered the vocabulary of ambitious entrepreneurs and ambitious local authorities across Australia.
12th September 2014 - WIBIT’S NEW RANGE BRINGS POOLS OF ALL DEPTHS AND SIZES TO LIFE
24th March 2010 - INFLATABLE WATER PARK APPROVED FOR GERALDTON
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
NovoFit is an exciting and dynamic new company born from two of Australia’s leading commercial fitness equipment suppliers. NovoFit combines over 45 years of industry expertise, delivering state…read more
We are Aussie Strength. The ultimate supplier for Commercial Gym Equipment that's built to deliver in the toughest environments. From USA-Built hardcore weight training equipment from Arsenal…read more
Links Modular Solutions are a leading provider of high-quality, innovative software solutions for leisure facilities. Our software suite includes modules such as POS, Classes, Members, Facility…read more
Pico is a global leader in Total Brand Activation. We specialise in engaging people, creating experiences and activating brands. Leveraging a track record in experience design that spans half a…read more
Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…read more
Regupol Australia Pty Ltd offers a comprehensive range of recycled rubber fitness and leisure flooring surfaces. Their range of products include everroll rubber flooring, Regupol elastic…read more
Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd offer 25 years of experience in aquatic industry features, products and water treatment. Hydrocare Pools has undertaken water treatment for aquatic centres and…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!