This week I found myself on the brink of dropping my bundle and I just couldn’t find my way back from the precipice. Tears threatened at every turn. I’m not alone and I’m certainly not special - this time of year is hard going for the bereaved. When Bearhands found me weeping into my wine last week, he hatched a plan. We’d steal away from the farm for a night and have some fun - just our little family - before the Christmas crazy began.
Oaks Oasis Resort at Caloundra opened a water park for under 12s last week, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a burl. We booked a family room with two king beds for $170. I fibbed to the kids and told them that Bearhands had to give a quote in Caloundra, packed a bag on the sly and loaded the (protesting) kids into the car.
We checked in and headed straight to the park and I found my smile for a few hours. The Big Sister wrapped the Little Sister carefully in her arms and took her down the enclosed slides until she got the hang of it.
The whole set up is fabulous for kids of similar age to mine. Water slows sliders towards the end of the ride - so no one gets knocked over by someone barrelling down the slide. The water is knee height at it’s deepest. I loved watching the kids without having to hover over them - I think that’s as good for them as it is for me!
There are speakers dotted around the sun lounges and tables, playing music for mummies and daddies. I’m not sure Eminem is the ideal choice for a kids area, but I’m sure they’ll adjust their playlist as the days progress.
Information about the water park is a bit thin on the ground at the moment, so I’m turning travel blogger for a day:
Oaks Oasis Water Park at a glance
- The water park is designed for ages twelve and under.
- There are two enclosed slides and an open double slide.
- The water park is for the use of hotel guests, with day use passes available (dependant on occupancy). On the days we stayed the park was open from 9am - 5pm.
- Day use passes are $20 for the first child, $10 for subsequent children. Supervising adults are free.
- Plenty of day lounges, tables and two marquees for getting out of the sun.
- The kiosk sells sandwiches, snacks, ice creams, soft drinks and BEER!
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