When you think “Wheatbelt” thoughts of sky high waterslides are probably not going to come to mind. Cue Kulin – one of the most innovative and friendliest towns we have visited. We discovered it last year on a trip to Wave Rock when looking up points of interest.
The aquatic centre opened to the public in 2001 – but only because the shire (concerned Kulin would become another ghost town) asked the community what they would like to see in their town. This included the youth of Kulin whose overwhelming response was for a water-slide. So, after finding a second hand slide in Queensland and with funding from a very generous farmer, locals made the trek across the Nullarbor, loaded up four trucks, five trailers and headed back to Kulin with their prize. The gamble paid off as locals and tourists far and wide have enjoyed the slide for nearly two decades. The 182 metre long behemoth is the largest in the state (outside Perth).
The park itself is a delight as was park manager – Mark Gilbard who could not do enough for us. He and his staff run a well-oiled ship with friendly, country charm. We spent the entire day there and witnessed Mark do multiple safety checks and on every lap he would stop and have a chat with patrons (including kids and teens) making sure everyone was enjoying themselves. He even gave us some insider tips on where to put our towels to avoid the brutal afternoon sun!Now, if you are not a waterslide enthusiast or are not travelling with young ones – the pool is an absolute dream. A spectacular 50 metre competitive pool with individual diving blocks. Perfect for laps or just a relaxing dip. There is a toddler splash area which has a shallow end for littlies and gets progressively deeper for children learning to swim.Many adults were enjoying this section of the pool. A lovely calm area to while away the hours and keep cool under the shade.
The highlight of the park is definitely the slide. It is a beauty.
It’s an open slide and it is HIGH. There is a climb. Many, many stairs. No need to be a fitness fanatic, but a bit of stamina may be in order, particularly for the last leg. If you find yourself needing some lung respite – take a moment to breathe (or gasp) in the views of the Wheatbelt landscape. They are phenomenal. It’s recommended patrons read the safety guidelines before entering the slide area. Lots of fun, but also just as enjoyable observing from the pool! The facilities are fantastic. Clean, spacious, modern toilets and showers.
There is ample shade around the grounds to lay down a rug or chairs. Plenty of people brought picnics though there is basic kiosk food available. There are also bbq facilities for a cook-up. Plenty of other activities to keep busy including a huge grassed area…and basketballs are provided if you feel like being energetic, or have young ones in tow (just watch your feet don’t burn on the concrete – it gets hot around midday).Be sure to check the website and DEFINITELY give either the Aquatic Centre or the Visitors Centre a call before heading there. When we made the pilgrimage we arrived to find the park closed and half the town without power and water due to an unforeseen power outage. However a visit to the Kulin Visitors Centre put us at ease. The staff were very apologetic, offered to help us in any way and gave us the Aquatic centre manager’s number. They kept us updated and truly deserve the highest praise for going beyond the call of customer service.
This is a lovely stop off when travelling in the Kulin area during our hot, dry summers.
KULIN AQUATIC CENTRE
Pool and Slide Manager: Mark (Jones) Gilbard
PH: (08) 9880 1222 (during pool opening hours)
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