Of Brisbane’s two water parks, Whitewater World is the recent state of the art addition and a subsidiary of the adjacent Dreamworld. In fact patrons can rock up and buy ‘2 world’ tickets to gain entry to both but once under the spell of the Whitewater zone it’s not easy to leave.
Perhaps it’s because there’s something highly liberating about wandering around in a pair of bathers all day, unencumbered by shoes, sunglasses, towels or bags (thanks to the keyless lockers on offer to store all belongings), drifting from the wave pool to the sun lounges to the adrenalin-pumping rides to the snack bars and inexplicably stopping to join the giggling crowd waiting to get drenched by the giant bucket that tips onto those below every few minutes.
The rides themselves range from the children’s Nicklodeon - a tangle of slides, tunnels and water cannons ideal for younger ones - to the wave pool, the gargantuan Hydro Coaster and the Green Room, a gaping conical vortex that sucks rafts into its core. Those who enjoy near death experiences can go for The Wedgie, the equivalent of being dropped from a great height into a raging vertical tunnel of water and catapulted at death-defying speed out the other end.
Even the tiniest and most fragile humans are well catered for with an enormous shaded paddling pool, aka Wiggle Bay with water fountains and features and the added attraction of a visit from a Wiggles character or two.
The facilities are spanking clean and nothing has been overlooked, down to the shop that sells rashies and suncream for those who forgot theirs as well as reasonable coffee and even a bar. And unlike with Dreamworld you can bring your own food if you’d prefer not to partake in the standard theme park cuisine (though admittedly this park has a marginally better standard and variety of food than some).
*Park closing time is seasonal and may therefore vary.