Since the news emerged that Melbourne could be home to the world’s longest street water slide, people have been pretty excited. Maybe it’s because Victoria has earned a bit of a reputation as a nanny state, and the idea of getting a water slide is like getting a new babysitter who doesn’t know the rules yet.
While still waiting on council approval, Slide Melbourne is proposing a 400-metre slide on Lansdowne Street, East Melbourne. That’s right, an entire street closed off for sloshy, speedy summer fun.
The slide would be flanked by St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Fitzroy and Treasury Gardens—a pretty idyllic view to take in as you hurtle toward Wellington Parade.
Similar events have been run in Perth, Bristol in the UK, and Salt Lake City, USA —which are all now cities that can no longer boast about the length of their water slides, thanks to us.
Registration for the first ever Slide on Sunday February 15 filled up completely and closed earlier this week, but Slide Melbourne has just released a waiting list for a potential re-run on Monday March 9 (Labor Day), pending approval.
They’re giving you the chance to get a 24-hour head start if and when they go live with tickets for the March slide. According to their Facebook page, “early signs are positive”.