Who’s visited Jamberoo, the huge water park two hours south of Sydney, inland between Wollongong and Kiama?
Who fancies a visit there with the kids?
Well, I’m organising a school holiday visit with a bunch of other parents and pupils from the twins’ school. So I thought I’d write a planning post so that everyone knows how to get there, what it will cost etc etc.
Myself and the family have been a few times, but I’ve never taken any good photos there. I’ll take the waterproof camera on this visit and see if I can get a few shots – in between sliding, leaping and flying around.
So, lets’ start at the beginning.
Planning a Trip To Jamberoo Action Park
Address: 1215 Jamberoo Road, Jamberoo NSW 2533
Phone: 02 4236 0114
Journey Time From Sydney To Jamberoo By Car
I’d say at least two hours plus from the northern parts of Sydney where we live. It’s about 130km from let’s say Forestville to Jamberoo.
The thing is, if one travels in peak traffic times then it could take FAR longer than that…. and be a painful experience too.
It’s all too easy to get stuck in traffic from the Harbour Tunnel all the way to the airport and even past that right down to Tom Uglys Bridge.
So… it’s best to travel in the middle of the day or to set off very early and miss the morning peak traffic i.e. 6am… then have a break and a long stop once out of Sydney. OR, and this would be my favourite option, leave the day before and stay overnight somewhere very close to Jamberoo.
See my maps below of the route to take.
Getting to Jamberoo By Public Transport
The website has info on this here.
Jamberoo Opening Days and Times
Jamberoo is open from October to April. All through December and January, the park is open every day, though on some days it may be open only to school groups. In other months it may be open only at weekends. Closed on Christmas Day.
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm
Group rates: If you have 20 or more people and can plan two weeks ahead then group tickets are much, much cheaper.
It’s easiest to buy tickets online and then show the e-ticket on your phone to gain entry.
You can buy tickets once you arrive but queues can be long.
Can Jamberoo Get Very Busy?
Our family has been four times in the past five years and have found the park absolutely heaving with people twice. These days have been very hot ones, so lots pf people have gone there.
We can’t bear spending hours in queues, so we have much preferred our visits on grey days when the park is less full.
Check the local weather forecast on Weatherzone here.
Where To Meet At Jamberoo
I like to make plans to meet friends at Billabong Beach. There are lots of loungers here and the play area is very safe so good for the younger kids.
Jamberoo – The Action Park Attractions
Look, there are dozens, some tame and easy and some really SCARY!! We love fast water slides so this is a great hit for us. There’s also a chairlift and a bobsled and we must try these one day. See the list of rides here.
Safety and Ideal Ages
Until your kids are very good swimmers, they will need you to go everywhere with them. My twins are nine now and good swimmers so I can let them run around with their friends – only just.
The waves in the huge Outback Bay leisure pool can be big and last year I stayed close to the kids there and also at The Rock where they leap off a 5 metre high rock. I can only manage the 3 metre jump myself.
For younger children and any babies and toddlers, there are several very suitable areas.
Don’t Forget To Take
Food – the kids will be starving all day. There are food outlets dotted around but it’s good to take some snacks at least. There are many picnic shelters and gas BBQs too.
Sunscreen, hats, rashies, goggles – the whole catastrophe
Towels – and more towels
Jamberoo – Where To Stay
I’ve been looking around at possible accommodation and a few options have been recommended by friends:
Ananda Wellness Retreat– very close to the park, near the town of Jamberoo itself
Road trip:Sydney To Jamberoo
It’s really a matter of going to the Airport then following signs to Wollongong and then from Wollongong head towards Kiama and go left towards Jamberoo.
Here’s what Google Maps advises.
Myself, from the airport, I just follow the A1 which goes through Brighton-Le-Sands then right along Grosvenor Street to Kogarah and then over Tom Uglys Bridge and just keep following signs to Wollongong.
Allow extra time if you don’t know the way!
A day trip from Sydney to Jamberoo Action Park is a BIG DAY OUT. You can guarantee that the kids and the adults too will all be exhausted by the end of the day.
I’m thinking I will stay somewhere down there for a night – not organised enough yet to know quite where!
Stand by for photos of the park… really must NOT forget the waterproof camera this time!
Have you visited Jamberoo?
Can you add your top tips for other families?
Happy day trip planning.