You can certainly have fun swimming in the ocean when you stay at Lonsdale Palms, but for some more exciting water sports, you need to get yourself to Adventure Park, just up the road from Lonsdale Palms accommodation.
It is a water park, with swimming pools, water slides, (of course) and some dry ride entertainment for you and the kids. There are places to eat, sunlounges and cabanas for you to rest out of the sun.
How do I get there?
Adventure Park is a multi-award winning theme park and not far from Lonsdale Palms. The bus network around the peninsula is fantastic, especially if you’re going to the biggest tourist attraction around! The number 56 Bus can be caught from Ward Road, which is a 5 minute walk from Lonsdale Palms. From leaving Lonsdale Palms to the gates of Adventure Park is about a 35 minute travel time by bus.
If you’re looking at driving to Adventure Park the parking is excellent, with disabled parking right next to the ticket box. The drive is approximately 15 minutes from Lonsdale Palms.
Allow for a full day of fun and there is plenty to do!
What are the big attractions?
The Tsunami and the Tornado are just two of the fun filled exciting attractions. The Tsunami is a triple-funnel waterslide which is exciting and exhilarating to ride. Whereas, the Tornado is Victoria’s biggest and longest waterslide. It is 205 metres long and towers over 24 metres high.
If you prefer your water fun to be a little bit more relaxed, then you have the Lazy River. A casual ride down a river, with some rapids, a waterfall and water cannons to hose you down.
Other attractions include a Water play space or a Tiny Tots Splashzone, a mixture of playground and water fun for the younger kids.
Adventure Park also has fun for the family off the water. Two Mini-golf courses, a Little Buggy Speedway, the Grand Carousel or the Ferris Wheel are just some of the fun you can have without getting wet.
There are rides specifically for the younger kids such as the Red Baron ride or the Crazy Coaster. You can paddle-boat your way around Shipwreck harbour as well. And for getting around the park there is always the Kids Train. Save your legs for running through water jets, not walking from ride to ride.
But we all know you want to swim or paddle or play in the water. So make sure you bring your bathing suit and towel to get into it.
Can I bring my own food? Are there places to eat?
You can bring your own food into the park. This is good especially if you have food allergies or special food needs. You can’t bring your own alcohol or glass containers, and you can’t bring in branded food from the big fast food outlets (no MacDonalds or KFC allowed!).
Adventure Park also have their own food halls and hotdog stands around the park if carting around an esky is not your idea of fun.
You are also able to hire Cabanas, private places, with shade from the sun, where you can take time out to enjoy your lunch. Adventure Park has VIP Cabanas and Family sized cabanas, with sunbeds and other relaxing amenities. They are located throughout the park and bookings are suggested.
Are they family friendly?
Adventure Park prides itself on being family friendly. This includes a service they call Ride Buddies. Sometimes kids need to be accompanied on rides, or are afraid to go alone. Sometimes you are caring for another child and can’t accompany and older child on a ride. Adventure Park Ride Buddies help in these situations. Friendly faces who will ride with your child and keep them safe while letting them enjoy the day. All have Working With Children Checks.
What about disabled access?
We reached out to Adventure Park to fill us in on how they cater to people with disabilities. Michelle Lovell, Guest Experience Manager provided us with an excellent list:
- Smooth accessible pathway around the park and lake
- Wide gates for easy entry at the ticket gates
- 2 designated wheelchair accessible gondolas on our Ferris Wheel, with straps for securing and a companion seat
- Guests with control of upper body can ride the Lazy River
- Guests with mobility difficulties attending with a carer or someone to assist with loading and have control of upper body can ride the Crazy Coaster, Red Baron, Carousel and Shipwreck Harbour boats.
- Tiny Tots and Bonitos Bay splash zones are on level ground, as are the Jumping Jets
- Disability and disability carer reduced entry rates
- Companion cards accepted
- 4 accessible toilet facilities
- Family Care Room
- 2 x first aid stations with a first aid officer scheduled to work every day of operation
- Multiple free shaded seating areas throughout the park
They do have free wheelchair hire available. And they are working on sourcing a water wheelchair (fingers crossed!).
However, the water slides are by their nature very difficult to improve accessibility wise. The stairs are high, and at present, tubes and mats need to be carried up by participants.
For a full day’s fun and excitement, especially in summer, Adventure Park is a great place to be. For enquiries regarding special access or special needs, call them on 03 5250 7200. If you need any other help organising a fun day out around the Peninsula, just ask and we will be more than happy to help you out.
- Cost: Refer to Adventure Park website
- Address: 1249 Bellarine Highway, Wallington
Driving Distance from Lonsdale Palms: Approximately 15 minutes
Google Map directions: click here