|At Jamberoo Action Park|
The park opens daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. Children three years and below are given free admission, while children from 4-12 years and seniors aged 60 and above are charged at a rate of AUD33. Since I didn't belong to any of those categories, (as much as my height may sometimes say otherwise), my ticket cost about AUD41. The ticket already covered all the rides for the entire day.
It took us about a 2-hour drive from Tita A and Tito Bru's house and we didn't even encounter any traffic on the way to the place. The next thing I know, I could just see mountains everywhere and saw a sign welcoming us to Jamberoo. There were plenty of parking spaces so we were able to find a spot in no time. We arrived at the park by around 11 AM and my aunt proceeded to get us some tickets.
Our first task was to find a good place to settle in. A bit of walking here and there, we finally arrived at a patch of grass located on an uphill side with an amazing view. We then spread out our picnic blankets, set up the fold-able chairs and sunshades, then we were good to go. A few minutes later, the family of Bianca (Tito Bru's sister) arrived and were setting up their things right beside us.
|Where we picked our spot|
|Enjoying the wave pool|
Four of us got into the raft and with a bit of push from the park personnel, we were on one of the greatest rides of a lifetime. I actually thought that once you get in the tunnel, there would be some light, but it was just absolute darkness. We were all holding on tightly to the rafts and I was screaming at the top of my lungs every now and then just to release my nervousness and anxiety. There were various twists and turns that made me dizzy after, and some breath-taking drops that didn't seem to end. Traveling at a speed of 30 km per hour, which seemed way even faster when you're on the ride, we finally shot out into that great big funnel. After swishing back and forth and even getting to wave at the camera for a second or two, we were plunged back into the dark twisting tunnel. After a few more moments and a couple of high-pitched screams, we were finally spit out into the open, marking the end of our ride. The waiting time was definitely worth it and that particular experience would always be remembered in years to come.
|The Funnel web from the back|
Once we got our bearings back, we went to Banjo's Billabong where a huge water bucket containing around 1200 liters of cold water tips over every 10 minutes. Every time the bucket tips over, it would feel as if we were placed under a water fall, where we could feel the pressure pounding all over us. The kids were definitely enjoying every moment as they eagerly anticipated the bucket to tip. There were also some slides built within the structure and various water cannons, fountains and sprays for both the young and the young at heart. Anyone who loves to play with water will definitely enjoy this attraction.
|Waiting for the bucket to tip over|
|Water fountain and sprays all over|
|Where we would all come out from The Taipan slides|
Afterwards, we headed to another ride, which was the Chair Lift. Once again there was quite a queue for this ride but I was willing to wait. After all, once we get to the other end, we then would be able to ride the Bobsled. The Chair Lift can carry up to two people and it provides you with an astounding panoramic view of the place, 500 meters from the ground. The wind was blowing pretty strong on our way up and I was having goosebumps all over my skin. Despite this, I soaked up the sights and was left in awe by its beauty. We were then asked to jump from our chair and headed to the Bobsled.
There were basically two tracks to choose from the Bobsled. The blue track was for the fast lane or the advanced users, while the green one was for the beginners. Though I haven't tried it before, I felt that that the green track might be a bit boring for me so I just took the blue one. It was definitely a fun ride because you are able to go at a high speed as you slide down from the mountain. Plus, the views were magnificent. Unfortunately, by the time that I was almost at the end of the track, the battery of my camera died down, so it was only Tito Bru's picture that got taken.
|On the Chair Lift|
|At the last leg|
|Tito Bru enjoying|
Before heading home, Tita A and Tito Bru brought me to one more stop, which was the Kiama BlowHole and the Kiama Light House. It was just too bad that when we arrived, the waves weren't that strong so we didn't get too see it spray water even a little bit. So we just took a couple of pictures and decided to leave it as something to return to the next time I have another chance to visit Australia. The day was surely exhausting, but the smiles from our faces more than made up for all those body aches we got from this adventure.
|A beautiful view|
Jamberoo's Address and Contact Number:
1215 Jamberoo Rd, Jamberoo NSW 2533, Australia
Kiama Blowhole's Address and Contact Number:
Blowhole Point Rd, Kiama NSW 2533, Australia
Phone: +61 2 4232 3322