AN INFLATABLE water park set to open in Moama this week is expected to attract huge interest from tourists and residents.
Waterfront Moama is developing the 70m by 40m aqua park, which will be one of many planned drawcards at the Perricoota Rd site.
‘‘The developers of Waterfront Moama are investing a significant amount of money into developing not only the aqua park, but all forthcoming planned attractions to the site, including the wakeboard parks,’’ Waterfront Moama partner Kendall Belsey said.
‘‘We have absolutely no doubt that it will bring more tourists to Echuca-Moama.
‘‘Adventure tourism is on the rise and aqua fun parks are sitting right up there with the outdoor attractions in which kids and families want to invest their time.
‘‘Parents also love the idea of the kids being outside burning energy and having fun rather than being stuck in front of the TV on Playstation. We will also serve as an easy and affordable alternative to the expensive exercise of skiing/wakeboarding/boating.’’
The lake is about 4000m2, which will also have a man-made beach area for those not using the obstacle course.
‘‘Our aqua fun park is essentially a man-built lake in which we anchor an inflatable obstacle course over the water,’’ Mrs Belsey said.
‘‘People of all ages get to bump, slip, slide and explore the obstacle park with plenty of enthusiasm. It’s a great deal of fun, as well as some great exercise.’’
Mrs Belsey said it aimed to turn Aqua Island into a tourist destination where holidaymakers could come to the site, park the car and not have to use it again.
‘‘We truly believe it will be a decision factor for many families to come to Echuca-Moama over other destinations along the river when planning where to spend their time over the summer holidays along the river,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s hard to say just how many people we expect to draw to the park over summer, but we can facilitate up to 160 people on the park.
‘‘We’ve only done some soft marketing to date, however we have already been inundated with inquiry.’’
Aqua Island is also providing many jobs to locals, particularly school students over the summer holidays.
‘‘We are very excited with a number of them being able to say Aqua Island will be their first ever job,’’ Mrs Belsey said.
The park is under construction and pending weather, it is anticipated to open by the end of December.
While the park is designed for Waterfront Moama’s clients and owners, the park will be open to everyone, priced at a sessional rate of $22 per person.