WetSide Water Park takes out national award
WETSIDE Water Education Park has won the TripAdvisor award for best Amusement or Water Park in Australia, beating Seaworld and Aqua Fun Park in the south east.
The popular Hervey Bay attraction which draws thousands of locals and crowds from all over the world each year has also won the Best in the South Pacific Region.
The former CEO of Wide Bay Water, Tim Waldron, who was one of the main players in getting WetSide up and running, was stoked we came out on top above Water World on the Sunshine Coast and Sea World on the Gold Coast.
"Especially as they get millions of visitors," Mr Waldron said.
The Award was won in the "Travellers Choice" category, which is an un-sponsored award voted on only by travellers that use TripAdvisor.
Mr Waldron congratulated everyone involved in making the attraction possible.
1. WETSIDE EDUCATION PARK, HERVEY BAY
2. AQUA FUN PARK, COOLUM
3. SEAWORLD, GOLD COAST
WetSide was developed to help create water education and create a tourism boost for the region and strengthen the economy.
"It was to attract a lot of different age groups from the young to the old," he said.
All the water used is collected rain water from around the region and it is treated onsite.
"People can actually see the water treatment around the site," Mr Waldron said.
The waterpark took over six years in planning and about 12 months in construction.
2009: Wetside, a free eco-friendly facility, was opened.
WetSide was a monument to the water conservation and recycling carried out by Wide Bay Water Corporation across the city, Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland chief executive Rick Burnett said this week.