10 Awesome Water Parks in Brisbane
When the summer months hit (which, let’s face it, in Brisbane is about nine months of the year!) there is nothing kids love more than going to a water park. And there’s nothing we parents love more than keeping our kids happy without paying a red cent. Yay!
Brisbanites are pretty lucky as we've got so many water parks in Brisbane to tickle everyone's fancy, most of which are 100% free! And if you're in the mood to spoil the kids, we've got paid water parks in Brisbane to fancy it up once in a while!
Free Water Parks in Brisbane
1. Southbank Parklands - Aquativity
It’s central, it’s huge and it’s super fun. Southbank Parklands is a great water park in Brisbane to take the kids – there are pools for every swimming ability, including a lagoon where you can sit comfortably in the shallows with the little ones. The sandy beach is patrolled and there are lots of fun water features including a little Brisbane River that winds its way through the Brisbane suburbs, a tipping bucket and squirting fountains that pop out of the ground when you least expect it (stay alert if you’re fully clothed!).
Also at Southbank is a fantastic playground, loads of cafes and restaurants, and a boardwalk that you can follow all the way to West End or around to Kangaroo Point cliffs.
2. Settlement Cove Lagoon
Head north and you’ll find the incredible ocean-themed Settlement Cove Lagoon in Redcliffe with slides and fountains, and a range of depths to suit every level of confidence in the water. There is also a graded entry so kids with a disability can enjoy the facilities too.
3. Orion Lagoon
Imagine fountains and water features galore with a café built right in the middle - well, that's what's on offer at Orion Lagoon. There is also a massive park with heaps of shady spots for a picnic if that’s more your scene, and there are lifeguards on duty to keep everyone safe.
4. Wynnum Water Park
Wynnum Water Park, also known as Wynnum Whale Park, has been a beloved water park in Brisbane for families for years. With its seawater pool, massive playground and fun water features (squirting whales to climb, anyone?), it’s easy to see why families head back year after year. It’s also right by the ocean, and you can get great fish and chips across the road. What more could you want?
5. Splash ‘n’ Play Water Park, South Ripley
The state-of-the-art Splash 'n' Play Water Park and adventure playground is off the hook! Older kids will love the giant twisty tube slides, a skywalk suspended above the ground, flying fox, and massive climbing spider net. Plus there are plenty of fountains and squirty features to thrill the littlies too. There is also a family-friendly cafe right next door and barbecues in the park.
6. Flagstone Water Park
When you first set eyes on Flagstone Water Park it's almost hard to believe this is a 100% free water park in Brisbane! Endless refreshing splashes are compliments of the three impressive tree-like structures that propel water in all sorts of directions! The Flagstone Adventure Playground is also on hand to expel even more energy.
Paid Water Parks in Brisbane
If you want to spoil the kids once in a while, check out these cool Brisbane water parks that offer state-of-the-art facilities with an admission fee.
7. Chermside Aquatic Centre
One of Brisbane's favourite aquatic centres, Chermside Aquatic Centre's large public pool is pretty impressive and a great spot to chill out on a stinking hot Brisbane day. There are plenty of shady spots to escape the sun plus multiple water slides and a lagoon play area that's heaven for kids. General admission starts at $4.40 per child and $6 per adult. Children under 2 go free.
8. Wet 'n' Wild
Do water parks get any cooler than Wet 'n' Wild on the Gold Coast? This park has everything you could ever want out of a water park and entertains kids (and kids at heart) with epic slides, swirls, whirlpools, wave pools, dippers, divers, adventure rides and more! Admission to Wet 'n' Wild starts at $79. Please note that Wet 'n' Wild is not open every day of the year so make sure you check their operating hours before visiting.
9. WhiteWater World
Another one of the best water parks on the Gold Coast, WhiteWater World is located next to Dreamworld and is heaven in water form during the summer months of the year. Cave of Waves, Pipeline Plunge, Wiggle Bay, and Super Tubes Hyrocoaster are just some of the epic rides on offer at WhiteWater World. Entry to WhiteWater World starts at $109. Please note that WhiteWater World is only open during the spring/summer months from September.
10. Albany Creek Leisure Centre
For one of the twistiest twirliest slides in Brisbane, you can't go past Albany Creek Leisure Centre. The public pool and kids' lagoon area is a big hit on a hot day (so get there early!) and is sure to become the family's favourite water park in Brisbane. Admission starts from $5.30 for children over 3. Access to the Water Slide is an extra $7.
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