Maylands Waterland is a perfect inexpensive family day out with younger children. It is open November to April, 10am – 5pm daily. Entry costs $5.50 for adults and $4 for children aged 2 – 16 years and seniors or a family pass costs $18 for 2 adults and 3 children. City of Bayswater residents receive a discount.
Maylands Waterland caters well for younger children with 4 different size pools, a fountain to run through, mini golf and play equipment.
The deepest and largest of the pools is 0.6m This pool is the only one not under a shade sail but is provided with some shade from the nearby trees.
The next deepest is 0.3m, is under a shade sail and is quite large.
Then there is the 0.23m pool which is also under the cover of a shade sail.
The splash pool for babies is also under cover.
The pools are linked by a winding “river”. It winds downhill and my daughter enjoyed putting sticks in and chasing them down to the bottom where there is a small waterfall. A lot of this “river” is shaded by trees.
Another popular feature was the fountain, which the children can run through. Again this is shaded by shade sails.
The ground around the pools are sandy, so sand, leaves and dirt do end up in the pools. The lifeguard was sweeping some of the pool areas while we were there. All pools are the same temperature and are not heated.
There were plenty of bench seats around the various pools to allow parents to sit and supervise.
As well as the water play there was play equipment and mini golf if a break from the water is needed. Amongst the pools, there were two slides, which got quite slippery once they got wet. There were two other play areas, both mostly under cover. One is more suitable for a toddler and has little bridges, small tunnel and moving letters/balls. The other has some climbing style play and bouncy rides. The bouncy rides were in the sun when we visited and the seats were quite warm.
There is a small mini golf course. The cost for hire of club and ball is $4 per person.
The grounds had plenty of picnic shelters available or you can take a picnic blanket/beach chair and sit in the shade close to the pools. There are plenty of rubbish bins in the area. There are three BBQ’s available to use. There are toilet facilities including a baby change table. There is an outdoor shower to rinse off near the toddler playground.
There is a kiosk so outside catering is not permitted. The kiosk has tea, coffee and hot chocolate for $3 and a range of hot food like pies, sausage rolls, mini pizza, toasted sandwiches and noodles from $2.50 to $4.50. Soft drinks, ice cream and candy are also available.
You can make group bookings which include large shade shelter and discount on activities. There is a bouncy castle available to hire for birthday parties and catering can be provided.
The Maylands Waterland is a perfect day out for young ones on a hot day.
Find out more by visiting www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/about-bayswater/maylands-waterland
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