Funfields is now over 30 years old but it wasn’t always known as Funfields. Previously known as the Alpine Toboggan Park, in the early years it was literally a Toboggan Slide in a cow paddock. Soon after the park opened in 1985, 2 in ground waterslides were installed and they are still here and still extremely popular.
The iconic Alpine Toboggan Slide in those days was the only drawcard but 30 years on this classic ride is still very much a crowd puller and extremely popular with both young and old.
Since those early days Funfields has grown to become Melbourne’s Premier Theme Park. Stage 0ne of the Parks development occurred in 1997 which saw the introduction of the Thunderdome Go Kart Track and the Crocodile Creek Mini Golf course. Along with these two attractions 3 shelters were built.
Stage 2 of the Park’s development saw the installation of the electric Bumper Boats in a 300 sq. metre pool. In 2006 the Funfields KidZone area was created and we installed a Carousel and an electric mini go kart track…..”Formula Fun” Another two shelters were constructed.
We had the opportunity to purchase the classic swinging Pirate Ship from Sea World on the Gold Coast.
The ship was purchased, dismantled and driven to Funfields on the back of two semi trailers and a truck. The Pirate Ship, which we named Blackbeards Fury, was an instant success and it brought back many memories for patrons who had ridden the ship at Sea World.
Stage 3 saw Funfields’ first foray into waterslides and two slides - Blackout and Wipeout were planned and built by Australian waterslide manufacturer AWL. At this time we constructed another shelter but this new shelter was much larger than the previous ones we had constructed with a seating capacity of around 300.
To round off Stage 3 a multilevel water play unit was installed. Named Wacky Waters this unit featured 3 large slides, a Hydrostorm and over 22 interactive features.
Snakes Alive [a form of Cup and Saucer ride with a bit of a twist] was added to the KidZone in 2012 along with the Burnout.
Stage 4 was the construction of a ProSlide CannonBowl waterslide. Built by leading Canadian waterslide manufacturer ProSlide this was the beginning of what would become a great relationship between Funfields and ProSlide. The Typhoon waterslide holds a World Record for the largest ProSlide CannonBowl ever built in the World and to say it is popular is an understatement.
We also embarked on extensive theming works to the Minigolf and the Pirate Ship and the continued development of Kidzone saw the introduction of two classic rides a Ferris Wheel and a Samba Balloon. To accommodate for our younger patrons, we also built Birdy Cove, another water play area with 2 slides, a tipping bucket and interactive water play features.
Stage 5 has been by far the largest investment by Funfields with the addition of another 2 World Class Waterslides and a thrilling hard ride by the name of Voodoo.
Waterslides added in this stage were both ProSlide units…the Kraken Racer and a Tornado Wave.
Once again both of these slides are ProSlide World Record holders for being the largest of their type built by ProSlide in the World. In fact ProSlide have 5 World record waterslides in Australia and three of them are here at Funfields and operate as the Typhoon, Kraken Racer and Gravity Wave.
On the same day that the Gravity Wave was launched another major ride also opened to the Public. Known as the Voodoo this ride is definitely a thrill seeker ride and not for the faint hearted
Another large shelter has been added and this has a capacity of around 450.
Stage 6 is currently being planned and we are hoping to have it ready for the 2018/19 season. Keep your eye out for an announcement late 2018.