Big Splash Waterpark, Canberra

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Big Splash is a waterpark in Canberra, Australia. It is located in the suburb of Macquarie and is the only waterpark in Canberra. It originally opened with a 50m Pool with a kids pool at the end of it in the late 1960s.
When the pool opened it was Government-owned and known as Macquarie Swimming pool, also often referred to as Jammo Pool. The slides were introduced in the early 1980s.
The pool was sold from government ownership. It was bought by a family and then later sold to the Watkins family in the 1990s.
The current name for the facility is Big Splash Waterpark. It now has a total of eleven water slides - the Family Slide and the Kamikaze slide that extend downwards from the top of Splash Tower, The Hurricane Twins that begin at the Splash Viewing Platform. Big Splash includes a children's area called Splash Island which includes 3 slides and playing area. There was the Yellow Bubble pool for toddlers, which had two small water slides landing into shallow water. However this was removed in the 2014/2015 season and a new playground was installed for smaller children. There is also a Learn to Swim Pool and a 50m Pool. Big Splash also has a dry Inflatable Obstacle Course for Children, and wet Inflatable Obstacle Courses for Adults and Children.
Following the 2010 closures of the Speedcoaster and Twister slides at Wet'n'Wild Water World on the Gold Coast, Watkins personally purchased both rides for $1.5 million. The rides were installed in 2012, but red tape delayed their opening until 2013. The slides were actually purchased for much less from Wet N Wild however installation costs were high.
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  • I was a little sceptical of Big Splash Water Park after reading other trip advisor reviews. But we’ve had such a good day today! The park wasn’t too busy and the twister and speed inflatable slide wer...  more »
  • $48 to take an adult and 3 children aged between 3 and 7 for swim only. Extremely overpriced, everywhere else is under $25 . to use the water slides costs extra. None of the swimming areas are shaded ...  more »
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  • Monopoly. We paid $80 for the two of us to sit on a patch of dirt while we supervised our two kids while they swam and went on the slides. We said we wouldn't be swimming, but we were still charged $12 each to come in (which made me want to boycott the cafeteria). You'd think that they could afford to maintain some decent grass for people to sit/lie on.
  • I enjoy this place as it is local, I do think it needs a bit of an update as some of the slides hurt my back so wear a rashy. overall it's great place for the family or to just cool down. Another upside to this place is there are many shaded areas to sit, and a canteen that offers a good amount of food for good prices. Give it a go, you are guaranteed to have a good time. And like I said before really family friendly (height restrictions on water slides, 110cm). Have fun!!

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