"Gumbuya Park, where the city meets the country..." Chances are you grew up hearing that jingle on the radio. But Gumbuya Park has had a $50 million facelift and rebranded as Gumbuya World – and there is a lot more fun to be had.
Gumbuya World comprises four discrete areas: Oasis Springs, Wildlife Trail, Oz Adventures and Outback Explorers. The Oasis Springs water park features fast slides with steep drops and exciting twists and turns. You can also hang ten at Surf's Up, a surfing section to teach you how to kneel or stand on a board. Or for those who want to take it a bit slower, the 300-metre Lazy River might be more your speed.
For a walk on the wilder side, there is the Wildlife Trail, with more than 50 animal species to see. Visitors can hand-feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus, and there are also two new young koalas in the park. Little ones can get up close and personal at the petting zoo, where they can pat lambs, ducks and baby goats.
Oz Adventure is a rides section for everyone, and Outback Explorers comprises rides for smaller visitors.
Gumbuya World is open every single day except Christmas Day, so it's a fun place to take children who are bored by their school holidays. Here's hoping for a great day out.