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Thousands ride the slides at WetSide
8 January, 2019
The waterslides at Hervey Bay’s Wetside Water Park are proving popular with tens of thousands of local residents and visitors riding the slides over the past year.
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour today released new statistics revealing almost 24,000 people had bought water slide tickets since the additional attraction opened at WetSide prior to Christmas in 2017.
“The waterslides have been a real hit, and we expect that by the end of these school holidays, more than 4,500 people will have ridden the slides and 1,000 will have had fun on the wave rider,” he said.
“With each ticket entitling the holder to 10 rides, that’s up to 45,000 waterslide rides in the Christmas holidays alone and more than 200,000 throughout the year.
“WetSide is a fantastic place to keep cool and have fun with something for everyone. In addition to the slides and the FlipSide Board Rider, there’s the water play arena, TotSide for under 5s play and a Fountain Light Show on Saturday nights that is a sight to behold.”
Cr Seymour said WetSide regularly received excellent reviews on tourism websites and magazines.
“WetSide was voted the best waterpark in the South Pacific Region by TripAdvisor reviewers in 2016, while in 2018 it was awarded the Travellers’ Choice Pick for Amusements Parks in Australia and was voted 10th in the world for waterparks,” he said.
“As a result, WetSide was featured in articles in American publications and blog sites which further enhanced the Fraser Coast region’s reputation as a place to visit.”
Cr Seymour said the waterslides had added to the popularity of WetSide by broadening its appeal to different age groups, while work was continuing to enhance the precinct around Seafront Oval on the Hervey Bay Esplanade.
“It’s all part of the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s plan to build better communities, maintain our unique lifestyle and grow our local economy,” he said.
The $800,000 slides were equally funded by Council and the State Government under the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.
Funds raised by waterslide rides help to offset the running costs for WetSide, which is free to use.
WetSide is open 7 days from 10am to 5pm during school holidays with more information available here