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First taste of massive three-storey high waterslide

FAMILY FUN: The Robert family (from left), Finn, 11, Mark, and Madylynn, 13, of Toowomba.
FAMILY FUN: The Robert family (from left), Finn, 11, Mark, and Madylynn, 13, of Toowomba. Patrick Woods

A PERFECT spring day was the welcome backdrop today as Sunshine Coast residents and tourists lined up for the massive Trippo waterslide's first day at Mooloolaba Beach.

The 12m tall attraction, pegged as the world's largest inflatable waterslide, was especially popular with tourists visiting the Coast during the school holidays.

Toowoomba resident Mark Robert took the opportunity to try out the slide with son Finn and daughter Madylynn during their holiday in Mooloolaba.

He told the Daily he was having a fantastic time and was grateful for the five-minute wait in line, a handy rest before each climb up the ladder.

"(It's quick) compared to a theme park, where you'd be waiting half an hour or more," he said.

Mr Robert said they may well visit the slide again in the next two days before they head home.

The slide's opening was postponed from Sunday to Monday after winds caused delays in the slide's setup.

Renard Group director and slide owner Neil Fox said it took considerable effort to get the slide secured in place, with almost 100 anchors buried in the sand.

The waterslide will be open 10am-4pm every day until October 7, weather permitting.

Mr Fox said he expected a few days of bad weather over the waterslide's three-week stay, but customers could check the Trippo waterslide Facebook page for operational updates if conditions were poor.

Sessions last an hour and start on the hour.

Tickets are $25 for children under 10 years old and $30 for children over 10 years old or adults.

Bookings can be made online, but tickets are also available at the gate until the session fills up.

Family and group packages are available.

Visit trippo.com.au for more information.

Topics:  mooloolaba mooloolaba beach school holidays waterslide


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