Tathra Big Splash NSW
Ankle Deep Water for Kids on the South Coast

 
The Tathra Big Splash is a relatively new splash park on the foreshore at the Tathra Beach. It features several tipping buckets, two medium sized water slides with fairly gentle grades, and several sprinklers. The slides land in a shin deep pool with a sloping (concrete) beach entry that surrounds the play area. I liked the twin racing slide, which was just the right length and curve to get a little bit of speed without an uncontrolled crash at the bottom. Tathra Big Splash in Tathra The main tipping bucket is ferocious, so expect to get very wet, very quickly. Younger kids may be frightened by the sudden, loud rush of water, so in my view this splash park is best suited to primary school age kids and above, or fearless toddlers. To activate the water features, look for the small black button on the little brick building near the edge of the pool where the slides enter the water.

The Big Splash is located within the Tathra Beachside caravan park. Use of the splash park is free if you are staying at the caravan park, or you can pay a flat fee for the day as a visitor. The only caveat is that due to licensing constraints on the caravan park, you cannot enter the splash park when the caravan park is full to capacity. This typically occurs over the Christmas holiday period, so make sure you ring ahead if want to use the splash park as a visitor at that time and don't give the staff a hard time if they can't fit you in, even if the splash park is empty (but the caravan park is full).
Adjacent to the splash park, within the same fenced area, there is a 1-2 metre deep pool. This pool doesn't have a separate fence around it, so make sure your kids don't wander into this area if they cannot swim proficiently.

In addition to the splash park, day visitors can also use the giant jumping pillow (which is a lot of fun if you've never been on one) and a small playground within the caravan park. You can also use the "rub-a-dub-dub" family tub in the shower block to give your kids a wash after their swim.

For supervising adults, there are plenty of sun lounges to recline on under the shade of thatched umbrellas. Tathra surf beach, which in my opinion as a body surfer is one of the best on the South Coast, is located a few metres down the beach access tracks at the back of the caravan park.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Tathra Beach Family Park, Tathra Foreshore, 2 Andy Poole Drive, Tathra.
Latitude:-36.724415 Longitude:149.978933
Getting there: The caravan park entry is along the main street of Tathra. There is a small car park with a dozen spaces for visitors in front of reception.
General facilities: Toilets (in the toilet block, about 30 metres away from the splash park), sun lounges, sun umbrellas, showers, bath, playground, swimming pool, jumping pillow
Baby change facilities: Yes, in the shower block, about 30 metres away from the splash park
Sun shade: Shade available out of the water under the thatched umbrellas.
Entrance fee: None if you are staying at the caravan park, flat fee ($10 per person when I visited in 2016) for day visitors. Toddlers 2 and under are free. Get your wrist band and register at reception.
Opening times: Water park operates 9 am to 5 pm. The fenced area around the park and pool is open 8 am to 6 pm (or later in summer). Toddler time (exclusively for kids 5 and under and their parents) is 10-11 am.
Wheelchair access: Yes to the edge of the water. There is a concrete lip around the splash park.
Prohibitions: No pets, no wheels (bikes, scooters, etc.), no running, no diving, no bombing, no ball games, no glassware, children under 10 must be supervised by an adult, children over 10 must have a parent present on site, wear your wrist band at all times, all children under 5 must have an adult in the water with them, children under 5 are permitted to slide tandem with a supervising adult, children 5 and over must slide alone and one at a time with parent supervision.
Managing authority: Tathra Beachside
Nearby attractions: Tathra Surf Beach
Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information.
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