Waterpark to make splash

An artist’s impression of the $70 million Outback Splash Water Park.
An artist’s impression of the $70 million Outback Splash Water Park.

The park ” one of the biggest new WA tourist developments announced in recent times ” will be located on 4ha of land at The Maze Fun Park, on Neaves Road.

The $1.5 million first stage of the development ” to be known as Outback Splash Water Park ” will begin soon and is expected to be completed by December.

The Federal Government has provided a grant of $250,000 for the project and the City of Swan has given its blessing to the plan.

The grants fund projects the Government believes are innovative and that refresh, upgrade or develop the Australian tourism industry to meet its potential.

Outback Splash would be owned by private company Funday Investments.

Company directors and brother in laws Paul Woodcock and Phil Dixon ” who took over as owners of The Maze in 2006 ” said in a statement that the new park would be developed in six stages over 10 years, with an emphasis on high-speed thrill rides in the later stages of development.

The Maze, which has been operating since 1981, already attracts more than 90,000 visitors each year and the water park is expected to attract many more tourists to the region.

Stage 1 of Outback Splash would include a three-storey high waterslide, with two tube slides, two flume slides, toddlers’ slides, a 1000-litre tipping bucket and a range of water cannons and interactive play features.

There would also be extensive landscaping and a major upgrade to an existing car park.

‘Our team is ready to begin work to ensure that people will be splashing and sliding on Australia’s largest waterslide playground by next summer,’ Mr Dixon said.

City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino said the council ‘enthusiastically supports’ the waterslide playground development.

‘We need something in our region that will put us on the map as a major, quality tourism destination and I feel that this venue will do so with the new addition of a water playground,’ he said.

Outback Splash will open from October to April each year, with visitors able to access both the water park and The Maze while paying only one entry fee.

Tourism Council WA chief executive Evan Hall said the water park was a fantastic project and would be ‘crucial to bring visitors back to WA’.

Planning approvals for Stage 2 would be submitted by the end of the year, with construction |expected to start next year.