Located next to Dreamworld on the Queensland, Australia, Gold Coast, WhiteWater World has become the Down Under destination for water enthusiasts. Opened in 2006, the $60 million park’s mix of amenities, from kid-centered play areas to extreme water rides, is designed to attract a wide range of customers.
The littlest visitors enjoy splashing around Wiggle Bay, a specially-designed toddler pool featuring 14 interactive play elements including four kiddie slides, interactive sprays, colorful water cannons, and giant instruments, allowing kids to make their own music. Wiggle Bay is themed after the popular Australian children’s music group, The Wiggles, and feature’s The Wiggles “friends,” Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus.
For older kids and kids at heart, the Nickelodeon Pipeline Plunge, an 11,120-Square-foot, multi-level family interactive play structure, includes a wet deck, ground surface interactives and a tipping bucket that holds more than 260 gallons of water. It features popular Nickelodeon characters including SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer.
To attract thrill seekers, Whitewater World includes a mix of unique high-energy attractions. Guests with a competitive streak can challenge friends and family on eight-lane mat racers or the Little Rippers dueling behemoth bowl slides. The park also includes the The Rip, a four-person bowl raft ride; the Temple of Huey tube slide; a large wave pool; stationary wave machines; and Supertubes Hydrocoaster watercoaster. At approximately 775 feet long, there’s only one other watercoaster of this design in the world.
To unify each of these distinctly different attractions, Whitewater World creators included theme elements like Sandy and Bluey, the WhiteWater World mascot dogs. With native landscaping and other design elements, the park pays tribute to the beauty of Australia and it’s beach culture. Guests experience a uniquely Australian feel.
Amid all of the excitement, the use of cutting edge technology and extensively trained personnel help make the waterpark one of the safest of its kind. WhiteWater World also is one of the most shaded waterparks in the world. Shade structures made of material that absorbs minimum heat from the sun have been installed in all resting areas, line queues, food outlets and walkways. Additionally, the park partnered with UV SolarCare to ensure guests remember to be sun safe.
When it comes to the safety of the attractions, in addition to regular testing and staff training, underwater cameras have been installed in the wave pool and underwater lighting is present in all pools deeper than 0.8 meters. To promote water safety throughout Australia, a percentage of the park’s annual revenue goes to the Surf Life Saving Foundation.
Whitewater World has also taken a proactive approach when it comes to environmental sustainability through various water conservation initiatives. The waterpark has invested heavily in water efficient filtration systems that save more than 90 percent of water, compared to other water parks. These efforts, combined with the mix of distinct attractions should ensure guests will keep splashing through Whitewater World for years to come.