Adventure World is Western Australia’s only hybrid Theme Park/Water Park. Adventure World is conveniently located adjacent to stunning Bibra Lake , which is 25 minutes’ drive from City of Perth and 10 minutes’ drive from the port City of Fremantle. It is well connected by public transport from these Western Australian arrival points’ and tourist hubs.
Adventure World was built on an old limestone quarry at Bibra Lake following the dream of entertainment entrepreneur Michael Edgely. It took 380,000 tonnes of sand to reshape the land contours to the initial landscape of the park before Michael Edgley International launched “Edgley’s Adventureworld at Bibra Lakes” on 11th November 1982 telling the world “We built it for you to have the adventures of a lifetime in a single day, just for fun”.
The aim of Adventure World was to provide entertainment that was “healthy, appealing to all ages and unique in this country”.
Adventure World opened with some of the iconic elements that are still present today such as:
- Skull Rock – the largest aesthetic cave like structure channelling visitors from the pool to the wildlife area
- The Ole Swimming Hole (now The Lagoon) - which was the largest free form swimming pool in the Southern Hemisphere at the time of construction being just over 1.5 Olympic Swimming pools and featuring anchored rafts and a waterfall
- Water Mountain with the longest waterslides in Western Australia and never before seen in Australia, the Rocky Mountain Rapids.
- The animal participation park (now Aussie Wildlife Experience) where visitors could hand feed baby animals and native fauna or visit the aviaries
- Plus Bumper Boats (now Buccaneer Battles) and the Grand Prix Race Track
In 2000, Adventure World was bought out of receivership by a West Australian born and bred owner who lives only 15 minutes from Adventure World. The new owner saw value in some of the key attractions and the potential to develop Adventure World into a more diverse attraction that caters to the outdoor entertainment and escapist needs of the entire family in the growing technological world. The new owner set about investing in the park through renovation and redevelopment based on this premise and Adventure World saw rapid physical change in the next decade.
2013 saw the biggest investment in Adventure World’s 30 year history with the introduction of the world-class roller coaster ‘Abyss’ costing $12 million. Boasting the latest and most advanced ride technology in Australia, Abyss reaches -1 to 4.5 G-Forces – a thrust greater than that experienced during a space shuttle launch. The Roller Coaster has lived up to its hype being touted as ‘Australia’s Best Roller Coaster’ by Ed Dickinson, founder of the Australian Coaster Club.
In 2015, a $7 million fully themed, mega water slide called Kraken arrives at Adventure World. It is the longest, tallest and steepest Tornado 60 water slide of its kind on the planet!