|We have reviewed all the best Aquatic Centres in Melbourne and Geelong which have special facilities such as water slides, wave pools and water adventure playgrounds and arrived at the top ten below. Click on the link to each Aquatic Centre for more information such as a full review, location and a slideshow of photos (visible on computers with Flash).
It should be noted that slides often do not operate all the time and if your heart is set on a water slide, check with the Aquatic Centre first.
South East Melbourne
Noble Park Aquatic Centre (Noble Park)
The Noble Park Aquatic Centre features a 50m heated outdoor pool, a huge outdoor water slide, a heated indoor program/leisure pool, a large outdoor water splash/play area with tipping bucket, three slides and fountains.
Casual Admission: Adult: $6.10, Concession / Child: $4.90, Family: $17.20
Slide Prices: $2 per ride, or 5 rides for $8.
Slide Notes: Be warned that the water slide doesn't operate when the forecast temperature is below 26 degrees.
Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC) (Bentleigh East)
Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre has a 50 metre outdoor pool with eight lap lanes and a range of indoor facilities including 25 metre indoor pool with eight lap lanes, Pirate's Cove leisure pool with interactive water features and play equipment including a tipping bucket and slides for kids, two exciting water slides and dedicated aquatic programs pool.
The water slides are Ship Wreck (raft slide that can be ridden by two people at once) and Pirates Plunge (traditional body slide)
Casual Admission: Adult: $9.50, Concession / Child: $7.10, Family: $28.20, Spectator: $3.40
Slide Notes: Slides are included in the entry price.
To use the slides need to be minimum 110cm tall.
Children under five years of age may ride the tandem raft slide (Ship Wreck) with a guardian aged 16 or older, but must still be a minimum of 110cm tall.
Children under 10 riding solo should be supervised by a guardian from the bottom of the slide.
Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) (Albert Park)
There is a heated 50 metre outdoor competition pool and extensive indoor facilities including a 50 metre indoor competition pool, 25m lap pool, multi-purpose pool, 14 diving boards, wave pool, youngsters pool, water slide and FlowRider (body and flow boarding).
Admission (without slide): Adult: $8.00, Child: $5.50, Family: $20.00
Admission (with slide): Adult: $8.90, Child: $6.70, Family: $24.40.
FlowRider is separate to the main entry: $18 (5 ride pass), $20 (10 ride pass), $30 (day pass)
Slide and Pool Notes:
- Slide is optionally included in the entry price.
- When the waves are running in the wave pool, children under the age of 10 must be within arms reach of a guardian over the age of 16.
- Must be more than 1m in height to use the slide; those under 1m need to be accompanied by an adult over the age of 16 years.
- Minimum height restrictions for the FlowRider: Body Boarding 110cm and Flow Boarding 140cm.
- Diving boards need to be hired
Geelong, Bellarine and Surf Coast
Leisurelink Aquatic & Recreation Centre (Waurn Ponds, Geelong)
All the facilities are indoors and include an 8-lane 50-metre swimming pool, a learn to swim pool, toddlers pool, Program pool, Water Adventure Park featuring water cannons, an overhead tipping bucket and a spinning water wheel and a Kids' Splash Pad with rubber flooring play space with water shooting from fountains and jets at random.
There are two big water slides, the Cannon Bowl Waterslide which is a 15m high slide featuring a large 12m diameter bowl which swirls swimmers around before dropping them out of a hole into a pool and the Black Hole Waterslide which is a 15m high twisting tube ride in total darkness until swimmers reach the final splashdown.
Casual Admission: Adult: $6.00, Concession: $4.10, Adult with child under 5 years: $4.10, Adult (swimming) with child aged 5 - 18 years: $8.20, Adult (spectator) with child aged 5 - 18 years: $6.10, Family (2 adults & up to 3 children): $18.00, Spectator: $2.00
Slide Prices: Single slide: $3.00, Unlimited slide after entry: $7.90, Swim/Unlimited slide: $12.00
Slide Notes: Slides are priced separately to the entry price.
Both slides are ridden on a tube (single or double).
Must be 1.2 metres or higher to use the slides.
Adventure Park Geelong (Wallington, Geelong)
The main aquatic theme park in Victoria. Water Rides include Aqua Racer (reach 40km an hour racing head first down a wave like mountain on the six lane Aqua Racer), Lazy River (go with the flow whilst your raft is propelled along the tropical style river), Bonito's Bay Water Play Park (Caribbean Pirate Adventure with non stop waterplay action including splash pools, slides and tipping filled buckets), Tiny Tot's Splash Zone (designed for the toddlers, this is a shallow and safe oasis of interactive water play), Gold Rush Rapids (race down the 110 metre long Gold Rush Rapids slide in under 20 seconds and finish with a 2 metre plunge) and Wild West Canyon (ride down on an inflatable two seater raft and experience two 360 degree turns in a pitch black dark ride within the tunnel).
There are also non water activities including the Grand Carousel, Little Buggy Speedway, Kids Train, Wave Swinger, Ship Wreck Harbour (pedal boats), go karts, archery, mini golf, giant jumping pillow and Galactic Games World.
General Admission (1.2m & Over): $39.00, Junior Admission (Under 1.2m): $29.00, Child Admission (Under 90cm): Free, Senior Admission (60 Years & Over): $25.00
Slide Notes: All activities are included in the entry price.
Aqua Racer: 110cm and over to ride
Lazy River: 90cm and over to ride
Gold Rush Rapids: 90cm and over to ride
Wild West Canyon: 90cm and over to ride
Tiny Tot's Splash Zone: 120cm and under
Casey Recreation & Aquatic Centre (RACE) (Cranbourne)
All the facilities at Casey Recreation & Aquatic Centre are indoors. There is a 8 lane 50m lap pool, a fairly basic splash park with a tipping bucket, toddlers pool, leisure pool, learn-to-swim pool, warm water exercise pool (children accompanied by an adult) and two water slides. The Space Bowl slide features a large bowl which swirls swimmers around before dropping them out of a hole into a little pool (think spin cycle in the washing machine) and the Raft Slide is a twisting tube ride in total darkness (except for some illuminated arrow signs).
Casual Admission: Adult: $7.70, Concession / Child: $6.20, Family: $21.50
Slide Notes: Slides are included in the entry price.
For the Space Bowl you need to be more than 1.2m tall AND more than 10 years old and for the Raft Ride you need to be more than 1.2m tall although a child who is this height but less than 10 years old can go on a tandem raft with some-one older than 16.
Knox LeisureWorks (Boronia)
The facility has four indoor pools, two outdoor seasonal pools and an 80 metre all weather waterslide. The indoor facilities include a 50m lap and recreation pool, warm water pool, leisure pool with beach entry and water features including a frog slide and program pool. Outdoor facilities include a 25m recreation pool, toddler pool and free BBQs.
Casual Admission: Adult: $6.70, Child: $4.80, Family: $17.00
SplashDown is held at certain times and provides unlimited use of the slide and inflatables. This is $8.80 (including general entry). At other times the slide is $1 per slide.
Slide Notes: Slides are not included in the entry price.
Minimum age of 4 years to use the big water slide.
WaterMarc Banyule (Greensborough)
The facility is completely indoors and has two big water slides, a water Play Park with four slides and tipping bucket, toddlers pool, leisure pool and 50m pool.
The Pipeline slide is a standard tunnel slide with some twists and a fairly gentle exit. There are one and two person rafts for this slide and the height requirement is lower for this slide. Tantrum Alley is a different matter all together. There are rafts for 2, 3 or 4 people and the ride is much wilder. There are two sections where the raft is thrust high up on the wall and you descend into a maelstrom of water. During the ride you get the sensation that you are going to fall out of the raft when it reaches the high point on the wall.
Admission (without slides): Adult: $7.00, Child: $5.40, Family: $21.50, Non Swimmer Adult: $3.00
Admission (with slides): Adult: $16.00, Child: $12.20, Family: $47.00
Height restrictions are Tantrum Alley - 122cm and The Pipeline - 107cm.
The rafts for Tantrum Alley are heavy, especially the 3-4 person raft, and if you are lugging the raft up the stairs with minimal assistance from the kids, it is hard work and awkward - prepare yourself for the summer season with a month in the Weights Section of the gym (one floor above the pool area).
Doncaster Aquarena Aquatic and Leisure Centre (Doncaster)
There are both indoor and outdoor facilities. Indoor facilities include a 25m pool, recreation pool and toddler pool. The outside seasonal area has a 50m pool, dive pool and a slide on the side of a hill.
Casual Admission: Adult: $7.60, Child: $5.50, Family: $22.00
Slide Notes: Use of the slide is included in the entry price.
You need to be over 113 centimetres tall to ride the slide and tandem is not allowed.
A major theme park with many water based activities including Bumpa Bay Bumper Boats (aquatic warfare in Electric Bumper Boats), Blackout Water Slide (plunge 130m in pure darkness), Wacky Waters Water Play Area (water play area with more than twenty interactive play features, water cannons, water jets and slides. Younger kids can splash around in the wading area with water jets and mushroom fountains. The centre piece of Wacky Waters is the Aqua Shak which fills with water until it spectacularly unleashes 2000 litres of water saturating everyone in range), Wipe Out Water Slide (plunge down 130 metres full of rapid twists and turns in a translucent flume and explode out of the tunnel and into the gnarliest of wipeouts), Splashdown Water Slides (Two 65 metre water slides where the flumes of this water slide are built in at ground level following the contour of the hill making accessibility easy for everyone. A gentle walk to the top of the slide and then a winding water wonderland all the way down before a refreshing Splashdown at the end) and Typhoon Water Slide (it is the World's Longest CannonBowl waterslide. The Typhoon is both a single and two-person double tube ride with a drop of nearly 20m. Riders will experience a steep descent down 150m of open and closed flume sections where they will reach speeds of over 30 kmh. At the end of the tunnel you will be launched into the mercy of the Typhoon. After multiple revolutions of being glued to the wall you will escape through the corkscrew exit into a splash pool)
There are also non water slide activities including the Alpine Toboggan Slide, Blackbeard's Fury, Thunderdome Go Kart Track, Mini Golf, Formula Fun Mini Go Karts, Pony Xpress Carousel, Burnout and Snakes Alive.
Admission Prices - Anyone 142cm or taller: $38.00, Children between 100 and 141 cm: $32.00, Children under 100 cm: Free, Seniors: $25.00
Slide Notes: All activities are included in the entry price.
Bumpa Bay Bumper Boats: You need to be 120 cm or taller to ride the Bumper Boats alone. Children between 100 and 119 cm must be accompanied by an adult. [someone 16 years old or older].
Blackout Water Slide: You need to be 142 cm or taller to ride alone in a single raft. Children between 110 and 136 cm tall must be accompanied by someone at least 137 cm tall in a tandem raft.
Wipe Out Water Slide: You must be 142 cm or taller to ride alone in a single raft. Children between 137 and 141 cm must ride accompanied in a tandem raft by someone at least 137 cm or taller.
Splashdown Water Slides: You need to be 110 cm or taller to ride the Splashdown alone.
Children under 110 cm tall must be accompanied by an adult. [someone 16 years old or older]
Typhoon Water Slide: You must be 120 cm or taller to ride the Typhoon.