Hundreds have a go at the Ride & Slide
THE Whitsundays’ newest attraction proved a crowdpleaser over the weekend, with “a couple of hundred people” having already braved the bounce.
Airlie Ride & Slide operator Lachlan Queenan said the first few days of his aqua park had been an education if nothing else.
“I’ve been tested, the product’s been tested and we’ve given it a good run through,” he said.
The park officially opened on Saturday morning, with Mayor Jennifer Whitney cutting the ribbon to mark the occasion.
From its first few days, glowing reviews have appeared on the Airlie Ride & Slide Facebook page, with many more customers telling Mr Queenan in person how impressed they were.
“The support from the locals has been fantastic,” Mr Queenan said.
“I’ve had repeat business already (and) the people that have lived in Airlie Beach for a long time have said it’s one of the best things to come to town.”
Mr Queenan said he prided himself on the park being both fun and safe with “no injuries or incidents” so far.
“We’ve got the right recipe to run a good, safe operation,” he said. “We’re taking it slow but getting it right.”
There will be plenty more opportunities for locals to “have a go”, with Mr Queenan already taking bookings for birthday parties and even boot camps with the local gyms.
“It’s all so exciting,” he said. “I’m just a young fella having a go.”
There’s no need to wait for a special occasion, however. Entry to the park costs $15, with Mr Queenan encouraging locals to “rock on down” or inquire on 0432 248 900.
GRAND OPENING: Whitsunday Mayor Jennifer Whitney officially opens Airlie Ride & Slide Aqua Park, while Eugene Vitanov, Jaime Weggenegger, Taz and Jet Tilbrook, Liz and Lachlan Queenan, Martin Patcek, Philline Toet and Holly Brown watch on.