Thursday, March 15, 2018

Day 3067 - The Lovin Life Linky - The Fun Stuff Edition

Today let's just hang out by the pool for a while.

Floating down the "river" at Jamberoo Action Park
This week Canberra had its birthday which of course means a public holiday for the ACT.  It's a bit of a Canberra tradition that we ACTinians head to Jamberoo for a day of slides, tubes and water fun while the rest of NSW is conveniently stuck at school and work.  No crowds and minimal wait times!

What is Jamberoo?

Well first and foremost it's the name of a village in the hinterland of the Kiama region. Nestled at the bottom of Jamberoo Mountain Road it's a scenic spot that's well worth the drive from the Hume Highway, through Moss Vale, down through Robertson and through the Budderoo National Park.

Secondly it's the home of Jamberoo Action Park which is an ever-growing water theme park with water slides of all descriptions from the intense, to the kiddie and everything in between.

This photo borrowed from Visit NSW
 Both the Perfect Storm (new) and the Funnel Web are crazy funnel style slides that send you screaming through the dark, only to be spat out into a big funnel where you slide up and down each side frantically before being "flushed down the toilet", through the pipes and land safely in the pool below.

Sounds horrific? Not at all.  It's bloody good fun.

Then there are the slides that are built on the side of the hill for a winding trip to the bottom.  Plus the racing slides, the Taipan, the wave pool, the river rapids, the 5 metre cliff jump at "The Rock", the chairlifts to the Bobsled (the only dry rides) and Banjo's Billabong where you'll find the more sedate rides for the younger kids and those wanting a little less "action".

Banjo's Billabong
For the really small members of the family they've also got Billabong Beach which has shallow wading pools, animals to climb over, very small slides and a huge bucket of water that spills over you at intervals throughout the day.





The best part about Jamberoo is that it's not your standard concrete water park, You can get around without burning your feet off. The fact that it's at the bottom of a rain forest mountain means it's always green and there's lush grass and plenty of trees to add a bit of tranquility to the excitement. Of course, wherever the grass is green it means they get rain, so there are times when the park may be a bit drizzly. But hey, you're getting wet anyway right?

They also allow you to bring in your own food and have lots of picnic areas and huts set up where you can leave your esky.  For anyone with valuables there are plenty of lockers available for $10 a day plus there are food vendors, gifts shops and even a surf shop.


All in all it's heaps of fun and well worth the trip!

From Canberra it takes around 2.5 hours and from the outskirts of Sydney around an hour and fifteen minutes. It's only half an hour from Wollongong and about 10 minutes from Kiama. It's not exactly a cheap family outing at around $60 per adult and around $50 per child.  Comparable to most theme parks though. Children 3 and under are free.

If you are driving down from the Hume Highway, keep an eye out for the Jamberoo Lookout along the way which provides spectacular views over hills and paddocks to the Pacific Ocean.  Also keep an eye out for the signs to the Illawarra Fly Walk which is a high boardwalk through the treetops of the rain forest half way down the mountain.

So there you have it.  That's what I'm lovin' about life this week; the fact that we got to spend a family day with our granddaughter at Jamberoo.

Have you been to Jamberoo?

What water parks have you been to?

Anyone want to get flushed down the toilet?


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17 comments :

  1. We took our kids in the 1980s when the biggest thrill was a toboggan ride. I did not go on any rides but I know our kids loved it the few times they returned. It has changed enormously now! So glad you got to have FUN on your public holiday! Denyse x

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  2. Jamberoo sounds like so much fun! ! I'll have to take my family there soon! Does it close down over the colder months or do they heat the water then?

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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  3. I had never heard of Jamberoo but I know about it now and gee it looks like fun! Love the photos! :-) #TeamLovinLife

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  4. What a fun time for everyone!! How could you not have a ball?
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  5. Looks like Jamberoo was awesome fun for you guys! :) x #TeamLovinLife

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  6. I've never heard of this water park. Will have to put it on our future itinerary list. I love the notion of water slides but I'm a total wuss when it comes to water temperature. Cold?

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  7. I love the bright colours and the fun she's having (and the fact that it's not ridiculously crowded!) I hate queues so you obviously chose the perfect day to go - smart thinking!

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  8. Oh wow! I have been to Jamberoo years ago but I never saw this Water Park. Maybe it's new? Naturally I have been to Wet 'N Wild on the Gold Coast and had an absolute blast. Water Parks are such a fun day out for families and kidults.

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  9. Those pics are amazing - the clarity and colour is incredible.

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  10. Oh I'm so torn about this Leanne. This park looks like so much fun but I remember living in Kiama 30 years ago and Jamberoo was still dairy farms and beautiful green hills. It was my favourite place of all. I suppose progress happens everywhere doesn't it?

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    1. Good point Sue I also have these fond memories of places from my childhood before they got redeveloped. I suppose it's better that we have those memories than to not have them at all. The changes are exciting to watch as well though, for me at least. A sense that I've lived through so much change.

      SSG xxx

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    2. Jamberoo is still dairy farms and green hills. Gorgeous views of it all from the top of the bob sled. Sensational spot. The water park is only one more section.

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  11. So much fun! Would love to go one day.

    SSG xxx

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  12. The Jamberoo Action Park looks amazing. My son would love it there!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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  13. looks like a fabulous day was had by all! Have a great weekend and thank you again for the link up.

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