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NEW WATER PARK

BIG4 TWEED BILLABONG

Holidays with Kids blogger Emily & her family were the first to check out the new water park at BIG4 Tweed Billabong

T here’s something about water slides that my children adore, they flock to them like bees to honey. Earlier this month I picked up my kids early from school and took them to the grand opening of the new water park at BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park, hopefully banking some brownie points along the way.

The design of the water playground imitates local landmarks and there are three separate areas aimed at different age groups. For the little ones there’s the Cook Island area complete with a frog slide, beached whale, dolphins and turtles for toddlers to frolic across. What I love about this area is that it has a rubber surface so small ones won’t graze their toes and knees.

For the slightly more adventurous there’s a mini Fingal Headland that features a medium-to-slow speed slide and a tipping bucket that overflows every few minutes, this was a hit with my boys. Older kids will be amused for hours in the slightly bigger attraction as there are three enclosed slides down from the peak of Wollumbin-Mount Warning, one of which goes dark for a few seconds as it weaves through the mountainside. According to my 7-year-old this was the best and freakiest slide.

But it’s not all about kids, parents have been catered for with onsite ablution facilities, plenty of shaded tables and chairs and there’s even a barbecue area for those wanting to cook breakfast, lunch or dinner at the water playground. Opening hours are expected to be from 8am to 6pm in the winter and 8am to 8pm in the summer; if this doesn’t wear the kids out then nothing will.

Holiday parks already tick most the boxes for families but having a dedicated water park means families staying at Tweed Billabong don’t need to traipse up to the Gold Coast to get their waterslide fix; there’s enough thrills and spills on site.

With a locked gate and the kids visible from most aspects it’s a place where parents with young ones will be able to relax without worrying about them going walkabout. From pretending they’re swimming with turtles to sliding down an ancient volcano, there’s a plenty of ways children can use their imagination to have fun in the water. It’s such a clever concept to have a water park that mimics the iconic landmarks of the Tweed region and it also helps to educate visitors on the local surrounds.

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