BIG4 park prepares to make big splash
THE buzz surrounding the final stages of BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday’s new water park is growing.
More than 3000 comments of anticipation have inundated the holiday park’s Facebook page over the past week.
Park owner Greg McKinnon, who employs 36 people and loves creating a “wow” factor, said the 13 water slides would add to the two slides and pool area and would be ready to ride in the first week of August.
“The excitement is not only killing the locals, but the staff can’t wait to get into it as well,” Mr McKinnon said.
“It’s a waterslide bonanza. “It’s something the kids have never seen in this area.”
The new slides, of varying speeds, heights and lengths, will make the fun park’s water zone the largest waterslide playground in an Australian holiday park.
The overall area of the park will be equivalent to an Olympic swimming pool and will include mini slides, tipping buckets, water features, a splash pool for toddlers and a total of 200 metres in waterslides.
Slides will be connected by bridges.
The colours of the coral in the Great Barrier Reef were used as inspiration.
“The kids will never, ever be bored, and if the children are happy then it’s good for the parents too,” Mr McKinnon said.
“And you’ve got the beautiful Whitsundays as a backdrop.”
Mr McKinnon said the new slides were part of a $2.5 million post-Cyclone Debbie project that also included general upgrades and new cabins.
He said he aimed to employ additional local youth during the holiday season and wanted to ensure his business continued to contribute to the local economy.
BIG FUN: BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday's new 'mega' water park.