Have you taken the kids for a massive day out at a water park? Visited Raging Waters Sydney since it changed its name from Wet ‘n’ Wild?
One of our favourite spring or summer family treats is to spend the whole day at a Sydney water park. Of course, this isn’t a cheap and cheerful day out, it can cost a lot when you have a big family. So you need to make the most of it.
NB For a list of all the free water playgrounds in Sydney, click here.
Raging Waters Sydney
427 Reservoir Road, Prospect
With new owners and a new name, Raging waters Sydney is our city’s biggest water park. The old attractions are all there, my kids love the dinosaurs almost as much as the water slides I sometimes think.
A new slide called Whirlwind opens soon, it’s a 206 metre slide where riders will reach up to 25 kph. Sounds hard core.
Little kids love the Spongebob sprayers best!
general admission for adults costs $65.99 online and $75.99 at the gate. Children under 110cm pay $55.99 online and $65.99 at the gate. Seniors are charged the same. Parking costs $10. An online processing fee of $3 is also charged, which is a bit cheeky IMHO.
Yes, these vary in cost from Platinum at $115.99, Gold at $100.99, Silver at $85.99. There are discounts for groups of 15+ people too, day tickets costing $49.99 so it’s worth visiting with friends and family! Read all about the different options here: https://ragingwaterssydney.com.au/passholderperks
Cabanas vary from $49 – $289 depending on size, day of the week and time of the year. Cabanas range from suiting four people up to eight people.
The water park is open at weekends in December and then daily in December (except Monday 2nd and Wednesday 25th) and January. Then it’s open weekends only in February and March, then daily again in the Easter school holidays.
My daughter’s favourite rides were the Curler and Typhoon when we visited, she loved sitting on the rafts with three other people and all screaming really loudly!
To check out the full list of slides, see the website page here.
Best + Worst of Raging Waters Sydney
There can be real downsides to a water park visit… mainly caused by crowds and queues. You do need to pick your day. Here are some of our family’s top tips to making your day a good one and worth the significant cost.
Check out the Raging Waters Sydney website before you go
Forewarned in forearmed, make sure you know which rides will work for your kids and which will not. Get an idea of the map and park layout so you will not get so lost. You do need to understand the height restrictions on some slides!!
Go with friends
It’s great to have a big group as then you can leave some people on the loungers, saving space and you also can split up the adults and go with the kids in groups by age. Also, the kids have SO much more fun with their own friends… essential for pre-teens and teens.
Arrive early and leave late
You need to get your money’s worth… and everything will be easier if you get there before opening time and get right at the start of the queue when doors open.
Find a shady place to base yourself
The loungers under shade by the Nickleodeon Beach are terrific for families with young kids. The Dinosaur Lagoon is good too. For older kids, the seating area just above The Beach is great.
Take lots of towels
Sop that you have some dry ones for the end of the day!
Take your own snacks
The food at Raging Waters is plentiful but not always the healthiest, and your kids will run around and swim so will be starving at various times. BYO snacks to save cash.