HOLIDAYS IDEAS: Adventure Park Vic ~ summer pass giveaway (now closed)

January 3, 2012 · 48 comments

It’s all been a little bit quiet here on ‘the blog’ while I’ve been off celebrating the silly season  working hard coming up with new blogging ideas for you to enjoy.   But now I think it’s time I hit the keyboard again so I can tell you all about a fabulous day we spent at    Adventure Park  on Geelong’s Bellarine Peninsular last Tuesday.

Walking up to one of the many kids play areas on offer

Now this place is just all types of awesome for kids (big and small) and mine enjoyed every minute of the five hours we spent splashing, climbing, paddling, swimming, riding, bouncing,  relaxing  (trust me we needed to) and watching Pirate Captain Bonito and his gang.  There is much to do at this water park and trust me when I say we made a valiant attempt to do it all.

Splashing on the water slide

After testing a few things out the girls decided their absolute favourite  was the River Torrent.  I walked that baby 5 times (yes that’s me in the red balancing the lifesavers) while the girls floated along in total joyful bliss.  They giggled their heads off as the little waves buffeted them up and down and pushed them around the river circuit.

The floating river torrent ~ which the girls loved!

We  paddled on the lake bikes and boats,  jumped on the adult sized bouncy castle, decided against playing mini~golf (because we got to do that in Mildura a few weeks ago) and watched the go-carts and electric bumper cars.   We were also lucky enough to be able to relax in our very own cabana for the day,complete with ice, cold bottled water, banana lounges and a perfect view of the Aqua Racer.  (You have to pay extra to hire private cabanas but if you’re there all days it’s a great idea.)  But now back to that  Aqua Racer ~ it’s that dirty big slide in the right hand picture below.

When we first arrived and I saw this monstrous water slide I new that despite my hatred for all things fast and scary I was going to have to give it a go.    Middle-aged mummyness and cottage cheese thighs aside I was going to ride this baby.  So while the girls rested with Daddy between trips around the River Torrent  I dashed up the Aqua Racer stairs  without allowing myself time to think – because as we all know thinking is the arch enemy of courage!  As I waited at the top my  heart started pounding in fear but pure unadulterated pride wouldn’t let me back down.  I patiently waited my turn, while internally panicking about whether my sunglasses would stab in in the eye if I took a spill on the way down, and then heart thumping got on the plateform and let myself go flying down.  What and adrenalin rush.      How good did it feel to face the fear and do it anyway.  For the  rest of the day I was Super Aqua Racer Mummy!!

If you’re interested in checking out the fun yourself and maybe challenging my Super Aqua Racer Mummy status visit  the website here for full information about pricing and what’s available.  (An adult ticket is $36, child $28 and a summer pass $74.99.)   It’s a fun filled day suitable for  parents and kids of all ages.   The variety of activities available should keep you busy for a good few hours so plan to spend as much of the day as possible at the park.  Food is available but there are also plenty of lovely picnic areas and loads of well planed shaded  spots if  you prefer to take your own.  Oh and take sunscreen and don’t forget that the water reflects sun – so you need total coverage.   The poor girls ended up with sunburn under their eyes because mummy forgot that little fact!

A big thank you to Adventure Park and Porter  Novelli for arranging for our day out.   It was just a little bit awesome and has given us some great memories (and photos) for the summer 2011~2012 album.  Way to go guys.  Advenure Park has also given The Truth About Mummy two summer passes (valid until April 2012 and valued at $74.99 each) to giveaway to one lucky reader.  Follow the 3 points below if you’d like a chance to win.

  1. Comment below telling me another fun way to spend time as a family during Victoria School holidays.
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This giveaway is open to all Australian residents from 6.00pm 3rd January, 2012 until 8.00pm on the 14th of January, 2012.  The winner/s will be judged on the creativity/strength of their answers.  The total prize pool is  $150  The winner/s will be contacted via email and asked for an address for their prize to be sent to.   Prize winners can also been found on the giveaway winners tab.  If the winners do not respond within 7 days of  the giveaway being drawn it will be re-drawn from the same pool of entrants. Entries will remain the property of The Truth About Mummy and may be republished on this site.   Disclaimer: I received a fully paid day at the Adventure Park to complete this review and did not receive any form of cash payment.  All opinions expressed are completely my own.  Thanks~you for reading and good-luck.

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8 Fi January 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm

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9 Fi January 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Caz and Fellow Victorians, we love doing the Vicswim programme down the beach, for only $25 per week it’s excellent value and gets the children seawise. We also take part in the free coastal programs run by the (Department of Sustainability and Environment) DSE and have taken part in Kayaking, Estuary Watch and Rockpool Rambles.

10 Amanda Steen January 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

We have picnics at the park, take day trips and sometimes just stay home playing Wii together. Whatever we do, we enjoy each others company, and watching our kids laugh and enjoy life is one of the greatest sights I will ever see.

11 Desiree Crandell January 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

Wow very fun photos!! My husband and I took our kids to Melville Caves about an hour away from Bendigo.
There is an easy path and stairs for the climb up and there is amazing rocks to climb all over and caves to walk thru. It was such a hot day but we keep going into the caves to cool off.There was rumours an old bushranger may have used the caves as his hideoutyears ago so we told the kids he may have left some treasure behind and had them look for it. Then my husband went ahead in one place and hid some chocolate gold coins for the kids to find when they came up. They liked that even tho I think they were on to us lol. Needless to say the kids fell asleep on the car ride home!!

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12 Caz January 16, 2012 at 6:59 am

Hi Desiree, just wanted to let you know you’ve won one of the free summer passes to Adventure Park on my blog The Truth About Mummy 🙂 Yay for you. Can you please email me an address to send them to and then let me know when they arrive. Hope you love it as much as we did 🙂 thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com

13 kerry horvath January 12, 2012 at 12:10 am

Oh Caz the Adventure Park just looks so awesome and its great to see you getting involved and having fun with the kids, the truth about caz is that shes just a big kid at heart..Me too theres nothing better than just enjoying being a family and playing with the kids at every opportunity.There not young forever so I believe in making the most of every opportunity you have. Were quite lucky we live near the beach, these school holidays weve all been getting up early and spending time swimming and enjoying the sun. All to soon the kids will be back at school and the holidays will be over. My advice is to make the most of the time you have together! Ive also remarked on this competition on your facebook page

14 Cam January 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

We take our kids camping in the summer holidays, they love being outside near lakes or beaches. Gets them (and me) out of the house.

15 Cam January 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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16 Melinda January 10, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Have tweeted

17 Melinda January 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Something else fun to do with the family is kids day at the country races. much many activities for the kids, and fun times for the Mum and Dad’s!

18 Liz January 9, 2012 at 9:23 pm

i live near Warrnambool in Western Victoria 3 1/2 hours form Melbourne. It has some terrific free activities to do. There is the drive up the great ocean Road, Lake Pertobe in Warrnambool – great for all ages from babies to teenagers with BBQ and straight across the road from the patrolled beach. Short 20min drives to towns like Koroit (small town with tower hill (extinct volcano and game reserve) and Port Fairy – fishing town with great shops and terrific beach. yambuk slide and much more.
During holidays we like to bike ride and do a few day drives to different places around the district. Play board games and card games.
Just sit back, chill out and enjoy the peace!
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19 Claudia Ewers January 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Camping at Lakes Entrance or Goulburn Valley is awesome – it’s so picturesque and the kids love to play in the great outdoors. The best part is it makes them use their imagination for play, and leave the Xboxes behind. Games like Red Rover, Spotlight, or grab a tyre tube and go swimming! There’s always something to keep them amused.

20 Claudia Ewers January 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Oops – tweeted too!

21 Rachel January 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

When I was a child my parents took me to the Collingwood Childrens Farm and it is a tradition my family continues today. It’s a fantastic place for “us cityfolk”, both old and young, to get in touch with nature and the country, whilst remaining in the city!

It’s about 5kms from the city on the Yarra River and consists of around seven hectares of paddocks, gardens, orchards, rustic buildings and heaps of shady trees.

The kids love it as they get to experience milking cows and bottle feeding lambs, as well as other farm jobs like feeding the chooks and collect their eggs. They also get to wander around with the animals which are quite varied including sheep, goats, guinea pigs, ponies, ducks and chickens!

For adults it is quite a relaxing place just to sit and unwind and admire the view of the Yarra and surrounds and the cafe offers food to suit both young and old!

The best time to go is family day on the first Sunday of the month when they also have pony rides, tractor rides and a cheap priced BBQ.

I can guarantee a great day out for the whole family, you’ll feel like you are a million miles away from the rustle and bustle of the city!

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22 claireyhewitt January 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Looks like so much fun.

We are big fans of Bellarine but this year popped to Bright and found a secret river spot that was so great, mini rapids that were shallow enough for my big girl to float down on her tube and lots of rocks and sand for the little one to play with in the water. Shade from big old trees and birds singing above our towels. I can highly recommend Bright for families in Victoria (passing through Milawa and the cheese, mustard, olive, wine factories was also yummy!)

23 Michelle Vamvas January 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Oops, sorry forgot to mention that I shared on FB!

24 jasmine eastwood January 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I love gathering the family for a fun day at the beach, or hot up the local shopping center, we’ll grab some cheap games and sports equiptment to bring with us!

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25 Michelle Vamvas January 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I love going to the Museum. It is fantastic!! They have school holiday activites too and it is such a lot of fun and educational too.

26 jarrod morley January 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I love taking my family to the beach with a picnic. Is cheap and a fun day out, and the kids always sleep well that night.
If unable to get away for the day we play on the tramp with the kids and have icey poles. Its true you dont need money to make kids happy.
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27 Lisa Wood January 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I so cant wait to we get down that way – there seems like so much to do for kids! We are on the Sunshine Coast at the moment but we are heading south next month. I love the look of that adventure park – we are so looking forward to the Zoo and the Museums and the trams!

Cheers
Lisa
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28 Claire January 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Water parks are one of my favourate things to do, every time I go on holiday the water park day is always the best day. Its too cold to have one over here but you have just brought me back a flood of memories.
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29 teresa hogg January 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm

i set up the slippery dip out back and me and the kids have a ball

30 Laney January 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm

You little aqua racer you! Looks like a fantastic way to spend the day. We just went to the Melbourne Museum for the first time and absolutely loved it. We’re going to go back next week to see Tiddalik because I missed out on the performance in December.
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31 Elise January 5, 2012 at 11:14 am

Spending time gazing up at the stars, making use of a snazzy iphone app name of “Star Walk”helping the kids identify constellations and planets, connecting the lessons learnt at school with the awe inspiring reality of our skies.
Following and shared on FB 🙂
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32 Lee January 5, 2012 at 12:19 am

Whoops! Shared on fb and also therefore twitter.
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33 Lee January 5, 2012 at 12:16 am

Go you! We have been talking about going there for a while now. Miss 3 would love it and so would Daddy! We have been loving hitting the beach in this last week. The water is currently very warm for Victorian standards, but we all still wear wetsuits. Brrrrrr.
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34 Mandy January 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm

We’re thinking about pitching the tent in the back yard for the night.
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35 Mandy January 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm

meant to add, i tweeted.
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36 Diana January 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

At the Aquarium, it’s magical and absolutely awesome. Followed by a lunch of fish and chips on the beach, feeding the seagulls then a splash about in the sea.

37 Antonietta January 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

We love picnicing, so we’ll drive down to Queenscliff for the day and have fish and chips out in the park. Go for a walk along the promenade and up to the lighthouse for a free view of the area. We’ll stop for a coffee and ice-cream and then head to the beach for some sandy fun with a bucket and spade. The Zoo is another favourite spot, as we’re members, all we need to bring is our thermos of hotdogs and the rolls, with sauce and we are set for another family holiday adventure. Fun we’ll remember always.

38 Suzanne butler January 4, 2012 at 7:45 am

We like to pack a picnic and head to the point cook coastal park where we can collect shells and all sorts of other stuff that washes up, take it home and make collages out of it. It’s free and keeps a 4 yo occupied for hours FB

39 Sharon Petito January 4, 2012 at 7:35 am

We love scienceworks! Adults pay something like $6 entry and kids are free! They always have new interactive exhibits and the kids love the Nitty Gritty Super City upstairs! They have two outdoor playgrounds and a beautiful lawn with BBQ’s so you can have a BBQ or a picnic lunch or they have a cafeteria too. If you’d kids are a little older you can also go into the planetarium and the lightning room, they are amazing and although you do have to pay extra for those two shows, they are fabulous! It’s definitely an inexpensive, educational and fun day for everyone!

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40 Rachel January 4, 2012 at 12:07 am

We love to do things together as a family in the holidays. My husband is a teacher, so we really get to spend some quality time all together. WE have 6 children, so it can get expensive – but we love especially to do the free things like take a picnic to the park, or spend the day at the beach, of just go for a walk together after dinner when the weather is cooler! Such fun times, and hopefully some fantastic family memories for our kids!
I have shared on FB too.

41 Kellie January 3, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Oh Caz, I so want to go there. That looks like so much fun. We’ve spent the last week at the pool and Ella has loved every minute. But she would be in heaven there! I’d heard it was good, but your photos have totally won me over. Now I need to come up with a plan on how to get to Geelong?
We are also loving picnics at the beach at the moment. Funny how the girls will eat the healthiest of foods when it comes packaged as “picnic food”! 🙂
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42 Loren January 3, 2012 at 10:44 pm

You should check out Eastern Beach. They have a patrolled pool right on the beach, which is great for young kids. When the kids get a bit older, there is a pier that totally hooks around back to the beach making an enclosed area that is patrolled and has all sorts of diving boards and other activities to keep the kids entertained. There is also a great playground, Thomas Train, Farris Wheel and Carousel nearby and loads of grassy areas to chill.
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43 Cheree Robinson January 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm

ooohhh I tweeted and Fbooked too!

44 Ann Sculley January 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

We love crafts and going to the movies for our family holidays ,having great fun making things together 🙂
fb shared ty .

45 Cheree Robinson January 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

We love having playdates with other kids and also having kids swaps… eg: I babysit for someone for a few hours and then they return the favour.

The kids get to have fun and Mummys get a break!

The Zoo is also a great place to visit during the holidays as it is FREE for kids!

46 Caz January 16, 2012 at 7:01 am

Hi Cheree, just wanted to let you know you’ve won one of the free summer passes to Adventure Park on my blog The Truth About Mummy Yay for you!!! Can you please email me an address to send them to and then let me know when they arrive. Hope you love it as much as we did thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com

47 jess January 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Loves school holidays to spend time as a family. Not so much doing alot of ‘adventures’ but actually getting to know one another and spending time with the simple things in life. Dvds, PLaying, baking, drawing and playing with the toys that santa brang!!

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