We’re very fortunate to have a great number of free water fun options in Western Sydney. But most are either better suited to little ones or lack the thrills and spills that some kids are after. Well this is where Aquatopia is awesome and without being hugely expensive… And it’s even more affordable at the moment with entry for a family of 4 just $35 (until 18th April 2021)!
It’s definitely a great place to visit on a warm day… so great that some of the ParraParents team weren’t keen on writing this article for a long while for fear of it becoming too popular. And we’re a group of sharers so that’s saying something!
Built by Fairfield City Council in 2016, Aquatopia is a large, affordable water park. Think lots of water slides, tipping buckets and fountains. And the entry fee includes access to everything… assuming you are over 120cm.
Within Aquatopia, you’ll find:
- three 10m high giant slides (need to be 120cm+ and no jewellery, hats, glasses)
- an adventure aqua tower with 79 water features
- toddler pool with water jets and fountains
- wave rider (need to be 120cm+ and no jewellery, hats, glasses)
- high speed free-fall slide
- three-lane racing ride
- rocket drop slide, which drops riders through a trap door to a fast transparent tube loop that goes around the free fall slide on the way down.
Plus, there’s the Fishpipe ride. It’s like a fun giant washing machine – with you as the clothes! And in NSW, you can only experience it at Aquatopia. Though due to covid19, it’s currently closed.
Now with places like this, the first worry is that it’s going to be crazy busy. But thanks to covid19, they’re only allowing a 1/3 of the normal number of people in! Which means 20/21 summer season is a great time to visit, with only short wait times and lots more chairs to go around. And when we visit later in the season (like March and April), it’s surprisingly quiet. Particularly on warm cloudy days.
Our number 1 tip is to pre-book your tickets online. There’s a special, faster queue for pre-booked tickets. Plus, you’ll avoid the disappointment of turning up only to find Aquatopia sold out. And it’s regularly sold out.
Now while there is a toddler splash area, Aquatopia is best enjoyed by kids 4/5yrs+. It really just depends how dare devilish your kids are! Anyone can play in the main Aqua Tower. But you need to be 120cm to go on the bigger slides.
And don’t be surprised if the feels a whole lot cold to start with! We don’t think it’s heated – even when we’ve been on a hot day, it’s very fresh to start with.
Something else to keep in mind, you can’t wear jewellery or glasses on the bigger slides. And for high speed free-fall slide and rocket drop slide, you can’t have a zipper on your swimmers.
Our last top tip is to bring your own food to keep the cost down even more. There is small selection of food available but it will add greatly to the cost of your day out.
Throughout Aquatopia, there are chairs, tables and sun lounges to use. Some are available for hire but most are on a first come, first serve basis. Thankfully, more shade sails have been added over the middle section, providing lots of shade.
Around the outside of slides are cabanas for hire for groups of up to 40 people. They let you enjoy Aquatopia and stay cool in style. Each Cabana has bench tables, a small cooler fridge, ceiling fan and block out blinds. Plus you get access to a BBQ and small grassed area.
There are now toilets between the racing slides and the triple 10m slides.
This is because you can’t move between Aqutopia and the Prairiewood Leisure Centre, with it’s indoor and outdoor swimming pools, due to covid19.
Opening Hours and Tickets
The Aquatopia season is from September to April. It’s generally open daily during the spring, summer and autumn school holidays from 11am. Outside of school holidays, during the Aquatopia season, it’s only open on weekends. You can check open times here.
Entry costs $20 per person (5 yrs+) for everyone not living within the Fairfield City Council area. It costs $15 for residents. There is a family pass (2 adults and 2 kids under 15 yrs) for $65 (non-residents) or $55 (residents). NOTE: a family pass for 4 people (residing in the same house) is only $35 from 25th March to until 18th April 2021.
Plus Fairfield City Council usually offer a discount at the end of the season – sometimes up to 50% off!
Aquatopia is at Prairiewood Leisure Centre, just down the road from the Fairfield Showground. And it’s only about 20 mins south-west of Parramatta CBD.
There’s lots of free on-site parking as well as unrestricted parking on nearby streets. Plus Aquatopia can be reached by bus.