Another of the Gold Coast’s popular waterparks: while Wet ‘n’ Wild may be bigger and have more rides, WhiteWater World is the newer of the two – it opened in December 2006 – and has plenty of award-winning rides to keep you entertained.
WhiteWater World takes water conservation very seriously, and according to an independent audit by Environmental Resources Management, it’s also one of the most water-efficient parks in the world. Here we’ll take a look at some of the best attractions.
The Wedgie: this new body slide is already proving to be a crowd favourite – at least with those brave enough to give it a try. A trap door will drop you an almost vertical 17 metres where you will then spiral through the tubing at speeds of up to 45km an hour and discover where the ride gets it’s name. Minimum height for the Wedgie is 1.3 metres.
The Temple of Huey: less extreme than the Wedgie but still great fun, the Temple of Huey is actually made up of three tube slides: Screamin Right Handers, Broken Headz and Cut Snake. Screamin Right Handers has an open flume design while the other two are enclosed – all provide plenty of twists, turns, and drops. 1.2 metre height requirement to ride in a single tube, children over 1 metre can ride with an adult in a double tube.
The Rip: climb into the two – four person cloverleaf design tube, and when the ride’s conveyor belt has helped you to the top you can prepare yourself for a sharp drop through a 12 metre dark tunnel to enter a large open bowl Get ready to be spun around then blasted through a curtain of water… Minimum height for the Rip is 1.2 metres.
The Green Room: the largest ProSlide Tornado ride in Australia, the Green Room is another high speed ride that’s not for the feint of heart. Shoot through a 75 metre tunnel in your cloverleaf tube, into a 15 metre funnel and brace yourself for the impending splashdown. Another of the more extreme rides, with a minimum height requirement of 1.2 metres.
The Little Rippers: this ride uses single and double tubes instead of the cloverleaf design used elsewhere and is all about SPEED. It utilizes a centre-core corkscrew exit, but before you get to it you will be flying through tunnels and experiencing sharp drops. A bit more full-on than The Rip. Minimum height for The Little Rippers is 1.2 metres.
The BRO: in this case BRO stands for Blue Ringed Octopus, and is a high-speed eight-lane octopus racer. Once you are lying down on your specially designed mat you will shoot around a maze of tubes at a speed of up to 50km/h before exiting on one of of eight 120-metre long slides. Minimum height for The BRO is also 1.2 metres.
Super Tubes HydroCoaster: this aqua-rollercoaster uses magnetic technology to help propel it’s Rocket Rafts – with you onboard – through a series of open and enclosed tubes. A conveyor belt will get you to the top of an 18 metre high tower from where you will begin your 200+ metre trip of terror. Minimum height for Super Tubes HydroCoaster is only one metre.
Pipeline Plunge: a large play area for younger children with slides and all kinds of water based activities. One feature that kids love is the 1,000 litre bucket that dumps water onto whoever is standing below.
Cave of Waves: enjoy over 2,500 square metres of wave pool technology: the perfect place to unwind and cool down after some of the more extreme rides. The pool is maintained at a constant 26°C – just perfect!
Wiggle Bay: another area especially designed for younger visitors, Wiggle Bay has lots of interactive play activities, slides and games. During the school holidays, Wiggle Bay may get a visit from costumed characters like Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus.
Opening hours at WhiteWater World are 10:00am – 3:00pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 4pm Saturday, Sunday and (Queensland) school holidays. Open all year except on Christmas Day and Anzac Day. Hours are sometime extended, or in the case of bad weather, shortened.
Prices: a one day ticket that allows access to WhiteWater World and the adjacent Dreamworld currently costs $94.99 for adults and $74.99 for children (3 – 13) and pensioners at the gate, and is $5 less if bought in advance online.
You may also want to consider getting one of the longer period passes that allows unlimited access to WhiteWater World, Dreamworld and SkyPoint Observation Deck in Surfers Paradise. These usually only cost a few dollars more and offer far better value.
Getting to WhiteWater World
By car: you can get to WhiteWater World from Surfers Paradise in around half an hour by car – take the Pacific Motorway (M1) north then follow the signs.
By bus: you can get here by using Surfside Buslines, Con-x-ion and Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle.
WhiteWater World is located at Dreamworld Pkwy, Coomera QLD 4209. Telephone: +61 7 5588 1111 or 1800 073 300 (toll-free within Australia). Website: www.whitewaterworld.com.au