Six of the Best Swimming Pools in Melbourne
Don’t be fooled by the fact that Melbourne is freezing for a good part of the year. When summer kicks in, it really kicks in. But fear not, a reprieve from the Melbourne swelter is never far away with the city playing home to some excellent swimming pools; some are iconic, some are innovative – all you have to do is take your pick. Here are six of our favourite swimming pools in Melbourne.
St Kilda Sea Baths
Dating back to 1860, the St Kilda Sea Baths are a Melbourne icon if there ever was one. But history aside, what makes this pool one-of-a-kind in Melbourne is that it is filled with fresh seawater, pumped directly in from Port Phillip Bay and heated to the perfect temperature – all year ‘round. The indoor pool is 25 metres in length and has a positively perfect view of the bay.
St Kilda Sea Baths is also home to a host of great bars and restaurants, so allow some time for a yummy snack after a swim.
Where: 10-18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda
Cost: Casual Entry - Adult $13; Child $6.
Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC)
It’s incredible to look at, has an impressive history and has some seriously cool water features packed into it. MSAC is arguably Melbourne’s best sports and aquatic centre, and also happens to be the training ground of many of the state’s best athletes.
While there is an indoor 50-metre pool heated to 27 degrees, a 50-meter outdoor competition pool (built specifically for the 2006 Commonwealth Games), a 20-meter indoor lap pool, a multi-purpose indoor pool heated to 32 degrees, a toddler pool and a toasty hydrotherapy pool to enjoy, MSAC also takes it to a new level with their entertainment areas.
First up is the wave pool, heated to 29 degrees, with a sloped beach-style entry. It has waves running every half-an-hour.
During school holidays, SplashOUT keep the kids entertained with inflatables, the wave pool, toddler's pool and diving boards and MSAC also has crèche facilities on-site.
Where: 30 Aughtie Dr, Melbourne
Cost: Casual Entry - Adult $8.50; Child (3-15 years) $5.80. SplashOUT from $11.20 for adults and $7.10 for kids.
Melbourne’s Carlton Baths is a hub of fitness, fun and social interaction. There is always plenty going on here – and loads of water-based play to be enjoyed by little ones during the warmer months.
Open from October through to the end of April, Carlton Baths' pools are available for lap swimming, aqua aerobics classes and swimming lessons and all aquatic areas are patrolled by qualified lifeguards. The outdoor heated swimming pool is 25 metres in length, with areas dedicated to recreation and lap swimming. The heated outdoor toddler pool features an aqua playground, slide and jets, and the inflatable pool gym comes to visit the Carlton Baths every January School Holidays.
Every summer, Carlton Baths also hosts Sunday at The Baths with live music, giant inflatables and fun family activities.
Where: 248 Rathdowne St, Carlton
Cost: Casual Entry - Adult $6.10; Child $3.70.
In the east, Knox Leisureworks is a great option for family pool days, with indoor and outdoor facilities it’s perfect all year ‘round.
There are four indoor pools, all heated to comfortable temperatures, a spa and two outdoor seasonal swimming pools. Indoor pools include a Warm Water Pool (excellent for relieving tired and sore muscles), a 50-metre lap pool and recreation area, and an awesome leisure pool with beach entry for the kids. Knox Leisureworks also boasts an 80-metre waterslide operating all year round.
Open from December to March, the outdoor 25-metre recreation and lap pool and toddler pool are heated with a maximum depth of one metre. The ere are also free electric BBQ facilities and shaded grassed areas.
Creche and occasional care facilities are available on-site.
Where: Tormore Rd, Boronia
Cost: Casual Entry - Adults $8.40; Child (5-15 yrs) $6.70. Waterslide from $1.70 per ride. Unlimited Waterslide Entry $10.
Waves at Kingston Leisure Centre
Located just around the corner from Southland Shopping Centre, Waves Leisure Centre is packed with entertainment for kids as well as great fitness options for adults.
There are dedicated Learn to Swim areas within the centre as well as a toddler pool, heated to a delicious 35 degrees with a maximum depth of 0.3 metres.
Kids will love the Splash Zone water features including overhead and giant tipping buckets and the waterslide! But can you guess what the main attraction is? Yep, waves! The wave pool is heated to a comfortable 32 degrees all year ‘round and gives splash-happy kids the chance to experience different water environments: waves, bubbles and waterfalls.
Waves Leisure Centre has a crèche on-site, and there are options for aquatic birthday parties.
Where: 111 Chesterville Rd, Highett
Cost: Casual Entry - Adult $8; Child (3-15 years) $6.60; Under 3 FREE.
A favourite in the north of Melbourne, Brunswick Baths is home to a host of water play activities for adults and kids. Facilities include a spa, sauna and steam room as well as a heated, 50-metre outdoor pool with eight lanes (open all year), an outdoor Splashpad for big-time kiddie fun and a heated, 20-metre indoor pool with five lanes and recreation area.
Brunswick Baths also has a Waterplay Pool, designed for kids as young as toddlers to get in the water and splash to their heart’s content. There are water cannons, waterslides and a lovely beach entry – perfect for littlies.
Where: 14 Dawson St, Brunswick
Cost: Casual Entry - Adult $6.50; Child (under 16) $4.20
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