Pirate park making a big splash
IT'S the biggest water park inside a holiday park in Australia but for the kids that came from St James Primary School last weekend, it was the most fun they'd had in ages.
Finished only five weeks ago, the pirate-themed Salty's Cove at BIG4 Saltwater @ Yamba Holiday Park, on O'Keefes Ln, Palmers Island, had the kids laughing and screaming and begging for more.
"The school has already booked to come back again and will also hold its Christmas Party here," said park manager Linda Walker.
Mrs Walker, who manages the park with husband Leon, said ironically wet weather had delayed building of the water park.
"The floods at Christmas and the wash outs at Easter and the June long weekend took their toll," she said.
Salty's Cove is the brainchild of park owner, Andrew Tribe, who has spent the past seven months overseeing the building of the park.
"Andrew and my husband Leon have been working on it every day since we arrived here earlier this year," Mrs Walker said.
"It was really great when the kids came here and gave the place the thumbs up."
She said the park, equipped with water cannons, slides and a giant water bucket, gives the kids an exciting and safe experience.
Although the park is primarily for BIG4 patrons, it is also open to the general public.
"It's going to be very busy for the next three weeks for the school holidays," she said.
"But out of peak time local people can come out to use the park and book it for birthdays and other parties."
Use of Salty's Cove is free for park users, but costs $10 otherwise.