Water world plan unveiled
Cash splash: The first design plans for the $25 million Adventure Mountain Theme Park, proposed for a site on the Captain Cook Highway near Smithfield.
CAIRNS businessman Paul Freebody has released the first design plans for his $25 million water park.
The Adventure Mountain Theme Park, to be built on a 7ha site on the Captain Cook Highway near Smithfield, will be home to rides including the high-speed Tantrum Tornado, Action River with a wave machine, tunnel ride Mammoth River and a children’s interactive water play structure. There will also be a restaurant and mini-golf courses.
The park is yet to receive approval from Cairns Regional Council and other authorities.
Mr Freebody will travel to Las Vegas at the end of this month with his wife Kim to attend the World Water Park Association Trade Show and meet key consultants to look at new innovations.
"We have to keep moving forward in gathering all the relative studies, reports and information to submit the best possible application to council," he said.
"We wish to have the world’s best and safest rides in our park and the fair will present these opportunities to us."
Alan Griffith, a specialist in water park design who has worked on Wet ’N Wild and other Gold Coast theme parks, heads the design team.
Tourism Minister Desley Boyle supported the idea.
"We need new, enjoyable experiences and this represents family fun for locals as well as tourists," Ms Boyle said.
"In these tough economic times, the very best thing is to do the groundwork now to revitalise our destination so that it’s up and ready.’’
Submissions are open until 10 August, and the soonest this item can be on the agenda is 23 September. Many of the submissions already filed concern the location of this proposal on an area that routinely goes under water by a couple meters. This land is all Barron River delta land. Many councillors have objected already to opening up this area for development, fearing damage compensation claims down the road.Next planning meet is the 12th August. We will be able to see if it is on the agenda of the meeting on Friday 8th August.
Absolutely right. The "family" price for Sugarworld is $38 all in. The price at Wet and Wild on the Gold Coast, for the family of four, would be $165. This isn't the Cairns market, that's for damn sure.Sugarworld will still be busy I think, after all it will be a lot cheaper.
The public comment period just closed this past Monday. Word is that there are serious issues with the site - it's clearly in the Barron River floodplain and WILL flood yearly. Another development (housing) near Freshwater, similarly situated in the flood plain, was given a rejection letter by the state for just this same reason.Is there any news yet on whats happening with the water park? I hope the plans havent "slipped away". Alot of people are now talking about the park, so its certainly has generated interest within the Cairns community.