Imagine a ginormous inflatable water slide two-storeys high! Now add an 80m tubing slide, two wading pools the size of basketball courts, huge zorb balls that you can run hamster-style inside, multiple slippery dips and ride-on paddle boats! This is Waterworld Central: the “coolest” pop-up event to experience this summer!

This inflatable waterslide park opens at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter on the 6th January and it’ll be there for just 3.5 weeks! And, this year, we’re very excited to share, you can purchase not only a two-hour pass, but also an all-day pass, so you can keep the fun going longer!

Entry gift cards are also new this year and make an awesome Christmas present. We recommend you flag all of this with the grandparents and add a visit to your Summer calendar now, so you don’t miss out!

Read on for an outline on the parks slides, ticketing details and more. ↓

Parents, You Get To Do It Too!

One of the best bits about this attraction is that the whole family can have a go at Waterworld Central. There are so many activities where parents are relegated to the sideline – to sit in the steaming sun and observe. So we get so excited when we find an activity where we, the adults, can throw on our cossies and dive in for a splash too. Mums and dads, at Waterworld Central – if you’re game and up for it – you too can experience the thrill of the giant wave slide and the X-Treme Tuber. OR, of course, you can just float about in the pools and chillax.

Not every slide and inflatable is open to everyone of course – there are weight and age restrictions – but there’s enough here to get everyone smiling, splashing and duck diving til all toes and fingers are well and truly wrinkled. This activity encourages adults to play, climb, bounce, slide, and have a heap of giggles with your kids. When we visited, we saw lots of smiling faces and fun happening within family groups, which was lovely to see.

Ride the GIANT Wave Slide and X-treme Tuber!

Daredevils will likely head straight for the park’s enormous Wave Slide – it’s tall and imposing and just begging to be slid down. Be sure to opt for a hose down at the top of the slide to give you maximum slipperiness and speed on your descent. There’s guaranteed to be high fives all round if you can get to the top of the second wave.

New to the park since we visited is the 80-metre long X-Treme Tuber slide. On this one, you grab a rubber tube and slide – toboggan-style – down a super long slide. This is one that your kids are bound to lap again and again.

For Dare-devil under fives, the Gorilla Pool has a double slide that’s sure to tire them out.

Have a go in the zorb balls

This was our first time in a zorb ball, and it was pretty fun to experience. Go the full-throttle hamster-style run and race your kids around the track. It’s an awesome workout for your thighs. Plus, it will definitely give you an appreciation for how much energy and stamina your kids have.

The Paddle Boat Pool

The Paddle Boat Pool is a great space for families with younger tots. The Mini Paddle Boats are a heap of fun and can be operated easily by kids on their own as young as three.

The Snow World Pool

The Snow World Pool is surrounded by a mini inflatable course that kids can race around – it includes a mini slide, walls to climb up, and tunnels to crawl through. It’s fun for little ones and a mini racecourse for kids who love to challenge themselves to see how fast they can complete the course.

Tickets to Waterworld Central are available online NOW. We recommend you pre-purchase them to avoid missing out!

Waterworld Central, Sydney

When: 6 January – 31 January 2023 (10am – 4pm). You can get tickets for an all-day session or a 2-hour session.

Age group: All ages. Please be aware that there are ride restrictions based on weight/age – see their website for all details.

Entry: See website for all pass types. Spectators free. 1 free adult with a child 4 years and under. Tickets from $40.

Where: The Entertainment Quarter Showring at 122 Lang Road, Moore Park, Sydney.

Weather: In the event of bad weather, please check social media by 9am for updates on any closures. 

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Header image: Supplied by Waterworld Central.

This feature was created and published in partnership with Waterworld Central.


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After working in print and online media for more than a decade, Katie launched Playing in Puddles in 2017. A mum of three young boys and local of the Central Coast, Katie loves discovering and sharing all that’s happening in our region.