Wetside at Harvey Bay
4 December 10
The highlight of our visit to Harvey Bay was a whole day spent at the free waterpark called Wetside on the esplanade. Although the day was showery, our girls didn’t mind the cooler weather as they exhausted themselves playing in all the fountains.
Wetside was only opened a year ago after being built with a $5million grant from the state government that was promoting lasting community projects to celebrate 150 years of Queensland’s statehood. It is billed as a “water education park”, and most of the water used in the facility is recycled stormwater, so it’s very water-efficient.
The musical fountain show that I saw at Sha Tin in Hong Kong was much better. The girls were only mildly entertained by the light show, and we had encourage them to stay seated for the length of it.
However, our stay in Harvey Bay was made memorable by the day at Wetside. We also enjoyed visiting other playgrounds and letting the girls play on some drier equipment. One very special playground was an all-abilities playground at Pialba. As well as equipment to allow children with a range of abilities to engage freely, it featured cartoon communication boards to encourage children to speak to each other using Auslan.