In summer, Queensland craves cool relief night and day—splash-down PolySoft at a family-favourite water park!
Zero water depth and maximum cool splash are two hallmarks of Wetside Water Park, in the whale-watching southern-Queensland city of Hervey Bay. Priorities of safety, fun, and cost-effectiveness led operators of Wetside to install PolySoft as part of a two-year renovation.
Wetside Water Park rates 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor, and has built its reputation as an entertaining destination over seven bubbling, bucketing, jet-soaked years.
Refurbishing the facility meant replacing 1,255m2 of surfaces in constantly wet, high-traffic areas under the onslaught of high-UV rays, and Wetside wasn’t risking a wrong choice. A couple of years ago it tested PolySoft on a small area, using it to repair a previously unsatisfactory surface—the results looked promising.
Steve Cook of Wetside says his requirements were, “Durability, flexibility, UV stability, chemical resistance, non-slip capacity and visual impact!” When he put the refurbishment out to tender only two companies raised their snorkels: PolySoft Splash was chosen for its “better-quality compound”.
“Further considerations were cost effectiveness through longevity by being able to extend the timeframes between replacement projects, “says PolySoft installer Garry McIntosh of Super Surfaces. And PolySoft was also ideally suited to the custom design of the park, which incorporates, “large Hump Back Whale representations in line with the tourism draw card for the area”.
The refurbishment was carried out in two phases, over to Queensland-winter shut-down periods. It required large installation crews because of the hand towelling of PolySoft bead compound around hundreds of water jets: for example, 150 4mm-diameter jets in the Totside area had to be blocked off, relocated and returned to operation after installation. Maintaining the scale of whale designs over the vast – 1000 m² – means spray pad with its 300 water jet was also a challenge.
The Dump n Bucket area, says McIntosh, presented dual challenges of “providing Aquatic Impact Attenuation Surfacing that will be capable of withstanding the effects of hydrostatic pressurisation while still complying with Australian soft-fall industry standards”.
But the results are vibrant, slip resistant, follow entertaining undulations, and so far tick all the boxes for local families, tourists, school groups and parties who spend hours at a time splashing about, or evenings enjoying the park’s light show of colourful water jets.