Yes, this is the same Gumbuya where the “city meets the country”. But just over a year ago it reopened bigger and better than ever! Gumbuya World is part wildlife sanctuary, amusement park and water park.
When: Opening times vary depending on the time of year, best to check the website here.
Where: 2705 Princes Highway TYNONG (50min drive from CBD)
Cost: Adult $52, child (3-15) $46, child under 3 FREE. Book now.
This was our second visit to the new Gumbuya World – and with no apologies, for the kids, it was all about the water park. The rides did get a little look in, but 90% of the action happened in the wave pool, lazy river and on the water slides.
Our first visit was last summer – on a stinking hot day. I am happy to report that day we found a shaded spot to set up camp easily – dumped our towels and sunscreen and made our way to the water ASAP. Our visit this time, to check out the newly opened wave pool and SIX new water slides, happened to coincide with a picture-perfect Melbourne day. Again we found a shaded spot easily and set up camp for the day (you can upgrade and book a private hut). Now that the kids were familiar with the layout (and I felt comfortable that they were safe to roam) I enjoyed a bit of chill out on the lounge with my book while they rotated through their favourite activities.
I did also get into the water for a little splash – the wave pool is lots of fun, and even though it was obviously a crowd favourite there was room for everyone. Just to the side of the wave pool is a play area for the little kids that is undercover.
With the new additions to Gumbuya World come more toilet and shower facilities ✔️ and more staff supervising.
For those who aren’t as water mad as my lot (or just visiting on a cooler day, or want to mix it up) there are amusement rides and also the Wildlife Trail.
The amusement park caters for all ages, with rides for the littlest of kids through to hardcore thrill-seekers. The queues are decent, with most waits between 0-10 minutes. And there is shade and also cafes nearby.
Probably the only thing I could say as a negative is that you’re not supposed to bring in your own food. I did get chatting with a mum sitting nearby who had an annual pass – her tip was to be subtle and strategic in how you pack your towels. On our first visit when we approached the gate carrying our esky the staff suggested that we were welcome to picnic back at our car. There are two big cafes onsite and a new fish and chip cafe, as well as smaller huts with drinks and snacks.