The sun is back and school is (almost) out – soon Melburnians will be flocking to the Bellarine Peninsula and making a splash at Adventure Park. With 24 rides to choose from (all of which can be ridden unlimited times with your entry ticket) it can be tough knowing where to start. Fancy yourself a thrill seeker? Hop on these Adventure Park rides and get your heart racing this summer.
What is 24 metres high, 205 metres long and plunges more than seven storeys? It’s the Tornado, Adventure Park’s most thrilling ride where guests ride a four-seater tube through gnarly twists and turns.
After being put through the wringer riders then drop 7.5 storeys into a massive funnel where they experience moments of weightlessness as their tube slides up and down the funnel walls. This wild ride is the biggest and longest ride of its kind in Victoria and is not for the faint of heart.
Maybe you’re not the bravest, but you can still be the fastest. Speed demons at Adventure Park are advised to make a beeline for the Aqua Racer where you can race your mates on a six-lane, 80-metre long water slide. The ride is a little like tobogganing, except you’ll be riding face first and on water, not snow.
Grab your race mat and line up at the starting blocks. The undulating water slide lets you reach speeds of up to 40 kilometres per hour and (most importantly) win bragging rights over your mates.
If you forgot your swimmers then there’s still plenty of thrills to be had on dry land – or in the air. The Crazy Coaster is a 16-seat spinning coaster that flings you haphazardly around a course of tight turns and drops.
Each of the rollercoaster’s cars features 360 degrees of motion so you never know what direction you’ll be facing. And although it’s a little hair-raising, the Crazy Coaster does allow younger guests who are taller than 95cm (but if they’re under 120cm they’ll need to ride with an adult).
The gold rush was no place for yellow-bellies and neither is this ride. The Gold Rush Rapids is a 110-metre water slide that plummets riders down a watery maze in less than 20 seconds.
Pair up: this is a two-seater water ride (you might also welcome the emotional support). The ride is meant to remind you of bumpy, whitewater rapids, so don’t expect a leisurely trip down the stream – this is a twisting, churning water slide for adventure seekers.
Get a birds-eye view of Adventure Park with a turn on the Ferris Wheel. What it lacks in speed it makes up for in height, with the 27-metre structure taking guests sky high. The wheel has 18 gondolas and can host 108 passengers at any time.
From that far up in the air you’ll have a great view of the park and the surrounding region – it’s also a great way to spot what ride to head to next.
Let’s be honest – small children and pirates have a lot in common. They both do what they like, don’t always talk intelligibly and their personal hygiene isn’t great. Which is why Bonito’s Bay, a pirate-themed water play area, is perfect for little ones.
The attraction is the biggest of its kind in Victoria and lets kids interact with jets, waterfalls, water slides and splash pools. Beware of the tipping buckets of water!
After a long day exploring Adventure Park’s wildest attractions take a ride on the Lazy River to wind down. The 300 metre ride lets you casually drift along a tropical oasis, soak up the sun and chill out.
Don’t get too comfortable though – the river also features shifting tides, waterfalls and water cannons to keep you on your toes and refresh you along the way. Plus, anyone 90 centimetres or taller is allowed to ride.