Liquid fantasy right on our door step

Melbourne Cable Park - Cameron Howe
Melbourne Cable Park by Cameron Howe

Cameron Howe, The Mordialloc Chronicle
February 2, 2018

Melbourne Cable Park has added new experiences on the water to the National Water Sports Centre precinct at Riverend Road. A liquid fantasy that aspires to become a tourist magnet is springing to life in Melbourne’s southeast.

Attracting families far and wide, Melbourne Cable Park opened just 12-months ago to the public originally with its Aqua Fun Park, allowing participants to leap, bounce and slide or wipeout on the giant inflatable course.

Today it is now a hive of activity with the new wake-boarding cable park in full operation. Perfect for those without a boat, and catering to beginners through to keen enthusiasts, creating airborne magic thanks to the obstacle course!

More recently, the park’s high-ropes course aptly named Climb Melbourne opened as the result of a $600,000 State Government grant. This caters to a range of capabilities from 6-year-olds finding their inner Tarzan to adult thrill-seekers looking for adventure. The 19 metre tall course has sky-high challenges, from exploring the suspended rowing boat to hanging upside down, or taking in the panoramic views of the Dandenong Ranges and surrounds.

Climb Melbourne at Melbourne Cable Park by Cameron Howe

A spokesperson for the State Government stated that, “the Government is keen to see visitors experience the Greater Melbourne area and all that it has to offer. Attractions such as Melbourne Cable Park play an important role in encouraging visitors to the area, and to return again to try other distinct experiences in the broader Melbourne area.”

Director Ian Clark says the feedback and interest from the community, families and corporate groups has been incredible. “It’s an all weather, all audience activity centre,” he says.

Melbourne Cable Park was nominated for the major infrastructure category in the 2017 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards, with people with disabilities being one of the interest groups that the park intends to cater to. “Given we had only just opened when we were nominated, we were very humbled. Unfortunately we did not make the finalists, but hopefully we will be able to build upon our initial nomination next year.”

100,000 people will visit the park this year, with events including markets, food trucks and wake-boarding competitions further broadening the park’s appeal.

Mr Clark’s vision is for the precinct to become the “Albert Park of the southeast” by realising the full potential of this untapped resource. Improvements to accessibility and public transport are on the wish list ahead of the State Election.

Melbourne Cable Park is perfect for cooling of this summer and is located at 5 Riverend Road, Bangholme at the National Water Sports Centre.

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Photo: L-R Maisie, Cody and Olivia from Chelsea Heights Primary School

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