A fantastic water playground on the edge of the swan Valley with plenty to do for the whole family.
My first trip to Outback Splash at The Maze in Perth’s north-eastern suburbs was on a public holiday and the temperature hit over 40 degrees. So not only was it flat-out busy, but it was scorching hot out in the Swan Valley region!
But why wouldn’t it be a popular place for families to go on a day off from work, close to the end of the school holidays? There are plenty of ways and means to cool down at this water park, including a dedicated area just for toddlers.
Outback Splash is also home to The Plummet, a 17.5 metre high water slide that is suitable for teenagers and adults. It opens at 11am every day and when we arrived there were already people lining up in the heat to have their turn! There was a huge scaffold set up in preparation for four new waterslides which are coming to Outback Splash in late 2019!
At the heart of Outback Splash is the three-storey high waterslide playground. It has a variety of tube slides, flume slides, a toddler slide, a tipping bucket and various water cannons, fountains and other water features.
The first thing to do when you arrive is find a nice shady spot to sit! There are plenty of undercover areas with sun-lounger type chairs, but you will need to get there early to nab one of these! There is limited shade in the gassed area, and the most popular options for families was to bring their own pop-up tent or shade. We do have a pop-up tent but didn’t think to take it with us. Doh!
There are also a number of poolside cabanas, huts and marquees which can be hired for a cost, starting from $60. Minimum numbers apply to bookings.
Having two toddlers under the age of 4, naturally our first port of call was Octopus Bay, a toddler splash area that was completed in late 2017. It has a toddler-sized water playground with shallow water, a couple of slides, its own little tipping bucket and plenty of interactive water features.
You can bring your own food and drink into the park, and you can also purchase meals, snacks and drinks from Cafe Iguana or the Outback Snacks hut.
Given its name, Outback Splash at The Maze is obviously home to, well, a maze. Several mazes actually. The original Timber Maze, built in 1981, still remains, along with the Hedge Maze, the Tyre Tractor Maze, Danea’s Dilemma, Tayla’s Tangle and Phil’s Frustration.
Other attractions at the park include a giant jumping pillow, mini golf and the children’s playground. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see much of these attractions, given the scorching temperatures on the day and our reluctance to move too far from the water playgrounds.
The park has toilets and change facilities. They have a small shop at the entrance which stocks a range of bathers, sunscreen and other essentials, plus shorts for people like my husband, who forgot his.
Overall we had a fantastic day at Outback Splash, and it was certainly just the spot to be on such a hot day. Get there early, take some shade, pack a picnic and be prepared to get wet!
Essential Information Outback Splash at The Maze
1635 Neaves Road, Bullsbrook
Open Operates from September 22 to April 28 each year.
During term times operates Wednesday to Sunday 10pm to 5pm.
Open every day during school holidays from Sept to April (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
The ‘dry’ attractions are open all year round
Cost: $34 for adults, $27 for kids aged 4 to 15 years, $31 concession, $22 seniors