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Water Park for Perth

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A $70 million water park featuring high-speed thrill rides and state-of-art water slides is to be built in Perth's north-eastern suburbs. In one of the most significant tourist attraction developments in WA in decades, the park will sit on 4ha as part of The Maze Fun Park in Bullsbrook. The $1.5 million first stage - a three-storey-high waterslide playground with two tube slides, two flume slides, toddlers' slides, a 1000-litre tipping bucket and a range of water cannons and interactive play features - is expected to be finished by December after getting planning approval from the City of Swan and a $250,000 grant from the Federal Government this year. "Our team is ready to begin work to ensure that our guests will be splashing and sliding on Australia's largest waterslide playground by summer," co-owner Phil Dixon said. To be known as Outback Splash, the park will be built in six stages over 10 years. It will include up to $15 million for nine waterslides, up to $15 million for a lazy river and $5 million for food and beverage outlets. Existing facilities at The Maze will also be expanded to include nine different mazes and mini-golf. The Maze has been operating for 34 years and was bought by Paul and Nicole Woodcock - operators of the successful Wanneroo Botanical Gardens and Leapfrogs Cafe - in 2006. Mr Woodcock appointed his brother-in-law, Mr Dixon, as the park's general manager and they eventually became partners in the business. Since they took over, annual patronage has increased from 21,000 to about 90,000 people. Two years ago, surveys of patrons found that a water park would be popular and work began on the planning, including discussions with experts around the world. "Heat has always had a negative impact on the park, so adding water makes great sense and seemed like it would be a lot of fun," Mr Woodcock said. "Dad always said that if you do it, do it well - so we dreamed big and arrived at Outback Splash." One of the park's initiatives will be a water filtration system that will mean the stage-one playground will need only the same amount of water to operate as an average backyard swimming pool. City of Swan mayor Charlie Zannino said the park was an exciting development that would expand on the activities and attractions of the region. "Through our 2012 visitor survey, we found about 32 per cent of people who visit the Swan Valley come for family fun," he said. "Respondents were asked to indicate if there were other activities they would like to see developed and the highest ranking suggestion was for adventure or recreational activity. "We anticipate the water playground will help to meet this need and be popular with local residents and visitors." Tourism Council chief executive Evan Hall said the water park was a fantastic project and exactly what the local tourism industry needed. It is planned to operate Outback Splash from October to April each year, with patrons paying only an entry fee http://au.news.yahoo...park-for-perth/

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Interesting that they're only going to be open just over half the year. Wet & Wild manage to open all year round. Is the weather in WA really that cold in winter?

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I'm assuming push still is blocking my posts, but for the rest of you. http://www.westernaustralia.com/en/About_Western_Australia/Weather_and_Climate/Pages/Climate_Weather.aspx The northern winter, or 'dry' season (April-September), has long days of sunshine and blue skies. Temperatures range from 24 degrees Celsius overnight to around 34 degrees Celsius during the day The northern summer, or 'wet' season (October-March), has temperatures in the mid to high 30s and high humidity. The southern coastal areas of the South West region average a maximum of around 32 degrees in summer and 14 degrees in the winter.

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I'm assuming pushbutton still is blocking my posts, but for the rest of you. http://www.westernau...te_Weather.aspx The northern winter, or 'dry' season (April-September), has long days of sunshine and blue skies. Temperatures range from 24 degrees Celsius overnight to around 34 degrees Celsius during the day The northern summer, or 'wet' season (October-March), has temperatures in the mid to high 30s and high humidity. The southern coastal areas of the South West region average a maximum of around 32 degrees in summer and 14 degrees in the winter.

Not blocked now :P Perth is on a similar latitude to Newcastle. It's arid, but not all that warm, which is probably why Adventure World closes in the winter.

The entrance is a mile from any rides but it looks like a nice little park.

Is there a functional relationship between the entrance and the rides though? It's like saying Tower of Terror at DW needs to be next to the entrance or else. So long as the locker bays are centrally located near the rides that's all that matters IMO, because that's what you're interested in coming back to during the day. Edited by Gazza
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Did I read it right that this is more of a park expansion than a whole new park? So this new entrance is actually to serve both existing and new?

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^It appears so. Going by google earth the current entrance is above the "d" in Waterslide Playground. Don't really get the motivation for sticking it over there. Maybe in the future it will end up being fairly centrally located, once all the other land is filled in and perhaps the car park will expand to the right? I'm wondering what the reason for a 6 lane racer is. Adventure World already has one, and they could at least make it an octopus racer/ kraken racer or something to set it apart. Also, this place is in the middle of nowhere. Comparable to how far Funfields is from the Melbourne CBD.

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Is there a functional relationship between the entrance and the rides though? It's like saying Tower of Terror at DW needs to be next to the entrance or else.

If the Tower of Terror was the only ride at Dreamworld, then sure. Otherwise it's nothing alike.
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Interesting stuff. All sounds great, but I much prefer the Gold Coast where the parks are open all year.

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If Adventure World can't stay open, then why can Luna Park that has a 100 year old wooden coaster that is certainly prone to weather?

Adventure World is mostly a water park with flat rides these days, and based on my visit guests flock to the slides in preference to the flats etc. I think phsychologially, many might hold out their visits for the summertime and make a day of it, rather than go and spend only an hour or two there riding the other stuff on offer. Who knows, maybe the new coaster will make the offering compelling enough to start opening on winter weekends?
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Yeah, understandable. If a good sized theme park can be sustained in the less populated Perth, for not even all the year, surely a new park in Victoria would be successful. Why won't the Government listen.

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Is it really the governments responsibility to be funding theme parks? African Safari World got knocked back because the Government didn't want to contribute to the capital cost. Yes it would "generate jobs" (directly, and through tourism), but so you'd get economic development and jobs by doing stuff like finally building the Airport rail link, port upgrades, better high schools and TAFEs etc...You know, the stuff state governments should be pouring money into.....Anyways :) Why not just wait around and let some investor do a theme park with their own money?

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I'm confused, what was this quote in reference to then? Listen about what?

Streamlining the approval process and courting the investors. They fucked that right up in 1999. Paramount was ready to commit but the new Labor government didn't give a shit about one of Jeff Kennett's last big tourism ideas. Instead they've built a fucken Ferris Wheel that isn't even working yet when it was supposed to open proper in 2006.

Why not just wait around and let some investor do a theme park with their own money?

Without the government trying to court investors to the state, we ain't gonna get one anytime soon... Investors are always looking for government support to get planning approval, funding, tourism support from government agencies, etc. Government kicking in some dosh to get the park built is attractive as an added incentive to investors. And it shows commitment to the project. We've only had two major proposed themepark developments in this city, and both fell through due to the Labor government, Bracks in '99(the company got the distinct impression Labor didn't care about theme parks or entertainment attractions) and Brumby in '08(because they didn't want to hand over Werribee Zoo, not the "cost to taxpayers" which was just an excuse). Edited by colliric_855
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Went out to The Maze today. It seems like a nice little park that was doing pretty good business for a Monday public holiday. They have been posting the progress on their website of the first stage of their waterpark, which is a pretty basic waterslide playground. You get a good view of it at the site of the current entrance to the park. Outback Splash is a pretty accurate description of where this place is as it is miles from anywhere. You basically have to travel up to Joondalup, then travel inland for another half an hour. It's close to the Pearce Air Force Base and all of the wineries in the Swan Valley.

http://themaze.com.au

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Outback Splash is a pretty accurate description of where this place is as it is miles from anywhere.

Well they're adding to an existing venue, which is cheaper than trying to build a new attraction out of the ground - people already know it's there and they're just adding to the things you can already do there.

The outback splash isn't something that would attract people to the park far and wide if that is all that is there - imagine building that, and only that on a vacant block, even if it were positioned near a major arterial interchange? Just wouldn't bring in the numbers, which would mean the money would dry up before they could build the rest of it.

Aussie World is a good example - what started out with very basic attractions, mini golf, ettamogah pub and a small collection of shops is slowly revamping and reinventing itself as a bigger destination - adding in more permanent and thrilling attractions as it grows. If Aussie world opened today with nothing but the funnel web (or is it redback?), they wouldn't pull in enough visitors for future expansion.

The 'shadowed' layout of the future waterpark expansion looks like a well thought out concept - i hope they progress to building it.

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