Vision

Aquafun’s vision is to be the Central Coast’s premier aquatic attraction by providing a fun, safe, unique and truly memorable visitor experience.

Mission

To provide a quality outdoor recreational experience for local residents, the wider community and tourists, whilst employing best practice business, environmental and ecotourism sustainability principles.

Values

Practice ethical business standards.

Respect and protect the environment.

Offer high quality services that are safe and enjoyable for consumers.

Meet the changing needs and desires of consumers.

Run economically sound business.

Inspire and motivate staff to provide high quality customer service.

About the owners

Michael and Jennifer Kilp have owned and operated the business since 1999. Their energy and enthusiasm has seen the business expand and diversify to the extent that it is now a thriving business. Aquafun employs a number of local youth as well as attracts considerable tourists to the area, supporting the sociocultural and economic development of the township and region.

Environmental and social committment – Awards/Accreditation

Michael and Jennifer are passionate about the local community and support a number of environmental and humanitarian causes. Michael is actively involved in the local Chamber of Commerce and is a Community representative on Gosford Council’s Coast and Catchment Committee. He is a kayak instructor qualified in Outdoor Recreation Management and enjoys sharing his knowledge about kayaking and the lake to interested people and groups.

Jennifer is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Science degree majoring in Leisure and Tourism Management. She was recently awarded the very prestigious 2013 Minister’s Student Achiever Award in Tourism and Hospitality Studies. This is awarded to students believed to possess the capabilities and personal qualities required to make a significant contribution to the tourism industry in New South Wales. She is also the Vice President and co-founder of WOWGIRLS Wave of Wisdom, a community group facilitating healthy lifestyle opportunities and connections for Women. Jennifer is also a qualified stand-up paddle instructor.

Aquafun has been externally accredited through Ecotourism Australia,  gaining Advanced Ecotourism for their ecotours. Aquafun aims to educate through minimal impact practices and Leave No Trace principles.  Aquafun actively participates in a number of environmental programs in conjunction with local environmental groups. Each year Aquafun hosts and provides kayaks and pedalboats free for  Clean Up Australia Day and has been recognised by founder of Clean-up Australia Day Ian Kiernan for their efforts.

The ECO Certification logo is a globally recognized brand which assists travellers to choose and experience a genuine and authentic tour, attraction, cruise or accommodation that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The ecotourism Certification program assures travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences. For more information on ecotourism accreditation go to Ecotourism Australia website.

“Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation”.

Aquafun Avoca Lake actively engages in Climate change initiatives by providing input and representation on the Gosford City Council’s Coast and Catchment Committee as a community representative. This entails being kept abreast of the latest scientific literature and sea level modelling and having direct input on local government policy relating to climate change.
For further climate change information refer to http://www.climatechangeinaustralia.gov.au/en/ or http://www.environment.gov.au/climate-change/climate-science/impacts. Gosford Council’s climate change initiatives can be found on http://www.gosford.nsw.gov.au/environment-and-waste/environmental-management-and-planning/climate-change

Tourism Awards:
In 2013 Aquafun Avoca Lake was a finalist in the Hunter and Central Coast Tourism Awards.

About Avoca Lake

This large coastal lagoon, right in the heart of Avoca Beach, is relatively untouched by development. The star shaped lagoon with a large island at its centre offers many creeks, passages, inlets and wide expanses to explore. This ecologically significant and picturesque wetland area is home to pelicans, herons, cormorants, many other birds and wildlife. Avoca Lagoon wetland is also home to an endangered Green & Golden Bell Frog colony, diverse and rare flora and its abundant fish stocks afford excellent fishing opportunities.

Attributes include:

Recreational areas for swimming, snorkeling, fishing, exercise, paddling, relaxation

Aesthetic qualities for immersion in and appreciation of natural environment

Bio-diversity of flora and fish and marine creatures, aquatic birds and native fauna including threatened and endangered species

Fringe wetland and associated ecological function