Hotel chain Zagame’s, property developer Pellicano and world leading water park company WhiteWater West have unveiled plans for a new resort-style water park in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburb of Dingley Village.
The $100 million project would be the largest indoor water park in the southern hemisphere, with plans to provide 18,200 square metres of indoor and 20,000 square metres of outdoor water attractions. The facility aims to showcase cutting-edge technology previously unseen in Australia’s waterparks, enhancing Melbourne’s competitive edge as a leading entertainment destination.
Among the Australian-firsts will be unique attractions such as a 180-degree surf pool, an interactive ski-slide and an impressive 423-metre indoor-outdoor ‘lazy river’ taking guests underneath a massive freshwater aquarium. Zagame’s and Pellicano have both committed to implementing extensive sustainable practices on site, with plans detailing the use of a venue-wide eWater system, solar power technology, systems for the collection and reuse of rainwater, extensive plantation of indigenous wetland vegetation and an emphasis on composting, recycling and biodegradable processes.
Proposal educational features include a variety of hands-on learning opportunities such as a freshwater aquarium and accompanying exhibit, portable toys and puzzles and a community vegetable garden complete with interactive iPad stations where children can learn about the lifecycle of food. Tours on environmentally sustainable water management technology would be provided to engineering students at neighbouring universities.
Complementing the leisure and educational facilities at the waterpark will be the extensive and varied food and beverage options on offer, including nine outlets providing premium quality dining.
The family entertainment venue would deliver a significant tourism boost to the suburb of Dingley Village with expectations of attracting over one million visitors annually. The development of the water park could create up to 1,184 full-time jobs in the region and the completed park could potentially employ up to 600 staff.
With the exception of Wet’n’Wild Sydney, no all-new theme park or water park has been opened in Australia since 1991. However, waterpark attractions such as Funfields, Adventure Park Geelong and Gumbuya World in broader metropolitan Melbourne, have been strong performers in recent years.
The water park project is yet to win planning approval; with the proposed land currently being zoned as a green wedge typically nominated for agricultural uses. Subject to approval, the park would take up to two years to construct, with plans to open in the summer of 2021.