Splashing into Summer…

So, after enduring cold, miserable, back-to-back winters after moving from the UK, we FINALLY experienced heat in Australia! The first day of Summer and what better way to spend it than by going to a water park?! Our choice was Adventure Park in Geelong, only an hour and a half from Melbourne – and rated very highly!

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Both of us were water park virgins so didn’t really know what to expect. All I knew was that in regular theme parks, the water rides were always my favourite, so I was super excited to give it a go. It was $44.50 for an adult ticket, then an additional $12 for a locker that you could use all day. Before arriving we were a bit apprehensive that it was more for kids and families, even though we’re big kids at heart, but thankfully it catered to adults just as much as little ones!

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It was pretty hard to pick a favourite water ride at the time because they were all so much fun – but looking back, the ‘Aqua Racer’ ride took the top spot for me. Laying on your front on a foam mat and rushing down the bumpy slide was exhilarating! You get soaked and getting timed at the end to see who was the fastest was an awesome added bonus.

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The lazy river that wrapped around part of the park was the perfect opportunity to take a moment to relax. You sit in a little tube and float down the river at a super chilled pace. Although it was packed with lots of other people, somehow it was still extremely pleasant way to unwind, as well as being a great contrast to the other faster, wilder rides.

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The ‘Gold Rush Rapids’ and the ‘Wild West Canyon’ were much shorter than some of the other rides, but definitely got you just as soaked! The 2 person inflatables had you whizzing down tunnels in the dark before splashing out at the end. Both more traditional rides, but awesome nevertheless.

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The ‘Tornado’ is the newest ride at Adventure Park in Geelong, and definitely worth a few go’s. Sat in a giant float of up to four people you slide in every possible direction, spinning round and emerging from the water looking like a drowned rat – exactly what we wanted from a water ride!

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We loved the fact that in addition to the water rides, there were also your typical fairground rides and games such as a Ferris Wheel, mini golf and archery. It was a great way to take a break from the water, enjoy the sunshine and utilise our ridiculously competitive personalities.

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All day, I kept feeling like I was forgetting something, but after constant checks of my phone, car keys and purse; I chalked it down to me not being used to wandering about in a swimsuit. It was only as we were leaving when I happened to glance into a mirror, seeing that I resembled a cross between Mr Krabs and Elmo, that I realised I’d forgotten the all important sunscreen! I honestly don’t know how I’d been so stupid to forget – especially since I’m so pale I practically get burnt under high wattage light bulbs! The car journey home was ridiculously painful and I’ve since been bathing in aloe vera gel and regret.

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Sunburn aside, we had the best day and are definitely keen to start a water park tour of Australia. Next time, we’ll make sure we pack buckets worth of sunscreen – who knows, maybe it’ll help us speed down those slides even faster!

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Click Here For The Adventure Park Website!

 

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