I thought the summer school holidays had been fun, with some trips to the beach and a stay with a friend’s family on the coast. But the best day of the whole summer break was actually the very last day of the holidays when my friends and I spent a drizzly but amazing day at Wet’n’Wild in Sydney.
The sun may not have been out on an unseasonally cool January day, but neither were the crowds and that meant more space... and more time for us to run wild from ride to ride with barely a queue all day.
As the world’s biggest water park, Wet’n’Wild Sydney opened a little over a year ago with 40 hi-tech water slides. It’s like a giant Gold Coast theme park in the middle of Sydney’s western suburbs so you can pretend you are on a beach holiday, if only for a day. Soon after entering the 25-hectare park, 40 minutes west of the Sydney CBD, the four of us wasted no time on our mission to sample every slide in the park.
Now, four teenage girls can be noisy at the best of times but throw them down some of the world’s fastest and tallest water slides and I’m unsure how you didn’t hear us from your house! The rides were just crazy and because the weather had kept the usual crowds away, we were able to ride our favourites over and over again, especially our number one slide, the T5. This scary, tornado-like slide requires you to board a four-person raft which is quickly propelled along an enclosed 180m chute that plummets in the dark into a huge funnel where you could swear you were in a washing machine on the ‘out of control’ cycle. We shrieked and squealed until we were hurled into the bottom pool at the end of what was a true whirlpool of excitement. Such a cool ride.
We also loved the Half Pipe in which you drop 16m and are then get thrown up a wave-like wall before plummeting again. The Bombora was also scary, with raging waters throwing our raft up more walls of water. The Breakers is like a rollercoaster where you go up and down dips and around tight bends while the H2GO Racers allowed us to race each other to the bottom via one of eight enclosed tubes that twisted and dropped in the dark, with fun lighting effects along the way. And then there was the 360Rush in which you fall through a trap door and speed at 60kmh around a 360-degree loop. Wow, so many rides and so many thrills, although there are, of course, lots of more gentle water slides for younger kids to enjoy as well.
Adding to the great day was the cool music played across the park. And it may not have been warm or sunny but we didn’t care as we played in Australia’s largest wave pool. The food was good too – delicious hamburgers – and you could get a USB stick at the end of the day with all the photos of us on the rides. They went straight to Instagram the moment we got home. What a great day!
Thanks Dad for organising it. Can we go again?!