A massive new water park that will “set the bar for Australia and the southern hemisphere” is headed for Melbourne’s south east. 

In an Australian first, kids will compete for high scores in video game-like waterslides, glide uphill thanks to specially designed slides with extra water jets, and even be launched from the sides of towers on zip lines. 

Up to four surfers at a time will drop in on a wave on a machine seven times the size of one set up at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre a few years ago.

A ‘lazy river’ will float those who’ve had enough adrenalin for the day beneath a giant freshwater aquarium, both inside and outside. Retractable glass walls and bulk heads will seal off the park’s outdoor features for the winter months, allowing it to beat the city’s cooler weather.

The $100 million project – to be named Zagame’s Wild Water Park – spans 18,200sqm inside, and 20,000sqm outside. It will be built by Melbourne’s Pellicano and Zagame families — who have been planning the immense water park for the past seven years.

An application to build the water park will be lodged with authorities today.

KIIS 1011 Melbourne