by Jessica Matthews
Aquatopia – what a find! You may not have heard of it because it’s out of area – it is located at Prairiewood Leisure Centre, however it’s TOTALLY worth the drive (approx 30 minutes). If you’re thinking you’d like to try Wet n’ Wild but it’s too pricey or your kids are not quite old enough then Aquatopia is a fantastic solution, with 79 different water elements for you and your kids to enjoy!
- the leisure centre pools – 50m outdoor pool with inflatables at set times
- the indoor pool – baby splash area which has a small slide into shallow water and more
- and of course – Aquatopia!
- Kids under 5 are FREE!
- All children under 5 get a green wrist band, which means an adult needs to stay with them at all times
- There is a baby/toddler splash area with about 10-20cm if water and various water spouts, sprinklers and fun inclusions
- The main area has little slides for younger kids, lots of water squirting this way, that way and all in between
- There are some huge slides to the side of the main area – kids need to be 120cm tall to go on these (there is a ruler at reception to measure)
- There are many other medium sized slides to enjoy – open slides, twisty slides, dark tunnel slides (definitely one for thrill seekers!) and lots of water buckets, sprinklers and of course wet zones!
- There is also a wave rider pool for the kids and adults who are keen to give it a try
- We went on a very hot Friday in the School Holidays. The park allows a limit of 1,200 people and the day we went, all tickets were sold out but it did not feel crowded.
- We waited at least 30 minutes to buy tickets to enter the water park. A good option is to pre-purchase your tickets online – here. The prepaid ticket line was MUCH shorter
- In terms of slides in the main area, the wait was minimal (less than 1 minute). The slides within the main area have covered stairs so offer shade and there is generally a water bucket to tip or water to spray to occupy kids while waiting
- There is a huge shade sail area near the toddler splash area.
- Surrounding the main area are big umbrellas (we were lucky enough to arrive at noon and get one of these!)
- Around the main area are some cabanas with BBQs – the BBQs can only be used by cabana bookings (cost involved to book) and you also get to a mini bar fridge!
- Some people bought their own gazebos!
- Buy your tickets online, the queue to get in with online tickets is much shorter!! You can do that here
- Take a picnic lunch/snacks as the kiosk has limited options and a bit of a queue
- Arrive early (9.30/10am) so you can get yourself in and set up ideally before it opens
- They don’t allow inflatable rings for pool area so leave them at home
- Feel free to bring floaties/vest for kids (no floaty rings as these are not allowed)
- You will probably end up going on many of the rides with your kids, due to age limits or the scare-factor, but don’t worry it’s really fun!
- Apply sunscreen regularly (yes this is a given but the water is nice and refreshing that you can forget it’s hot)
- Bring a driver’s licence – one adult in your party needs to have one to enter
- (Oh and I’ve already told our Mayor we would love our own water park called Rydetopia!)
- Open 7 days a week in school holidays.
- January school holidays – 10.30am to 5pm
- April school holidays – 11am to 4pm
- Weekends only during school term
- Closed from May to the end of August
- Slightly shorter days on public holidays
- For non Fairfield City Council residents it’s $20 per person (anyone 5 years & over).
- A family pass is the best value. 2 adults and 2 kids = a “family pass” but you can add extras to the family pass e.g. a family of 4 pass is $60, a family pass + 1 (5) = $72, a family pass + 2 (6) = $84