Whether it's aqua aerobics you love, splashing out with the kids or just enjoying a popsicle poolside, Brisbane City Council has got the pool for you! Here's where to cool down when the weather warms up!
Have the little ones got energy to burn? Choose from the council's 22 pools to keep them entertained! For smaller kids, who are still finding their feet in the water, Jindalee Pool features a colourful splash pad , while Manly Pool in Brisbane's bayside offers a fully-fenced wading pool with a maximum depth of 45cm. For older kids learning to swim or looking for an adrenaline rush, the Hibiscus Sports Complex Pool in Upper Mount Gravatt features a 12-metre learn to swim area and a 20-metre-long, twisting waterslide.
Best for fitness
Squad training, adult fitness classes like aqua aerobics, stroke development or just casual laps are just some of the active and healthy options on offer at council pools. Don't fancy getting your hair wet? Not only is Chermside Pool home to Brisbane's largest water park, but it also offers yoga classes in its partly shaded and landscaped grounds. If you like to keep your options open, complexes like the Parkinson Aquatic Centre also boast a health club , so you can take your pick between zumba and spin classes or swimming laps. If you work in or near Fortitude Valley, hit the Valley Pool for lunchtime laps and pick up a coffee and snack from the on-site café.
Best for basking in the sun
Throw on your favourite kaftan and throw down a blanket by the water at Bellbowrie Pool. This space is great for recreational swimming and offers plenty of shade for catching up on reading or for a quiet snooze. Afterwards, hit the on-site cafe for cool drinks and tasty treats.
Best for beach vibes
Ithaca Pool, in Paddington, offers a salt-water pool, grassy areas that are perfect for soaking up a little vitamin D and shaded areas that are made for relaxation. And then, of course, there is the famous Streets Beach in South Bank. Plan a day at the golden man-made beach with spectacular city views, grassy areas for relaxing, barbecues, cafes and restaurants along a riverfront promenade. For more on South Banks amenities, visit www.visitbrisbane.com.au and search for 'south bank'.
Best for diving
Take the plunge at Centenary Pool in Spring Hill, which offers an Olympic-standard pool and diving platform. Open to experienced divers and amateurs alike, there is a three and five metre diving platform and springboards on offer. If you're looking to develop your technique, staff from the Chandler Diving Club are available to offer advice and lessons to help you . It's best for kids to be competent swimmers before using this facility to ensure safety and phone ahead for opening times. To get in touch with the Chandler Diving Club, visit their Facebook page.
Best for birthday parties
Little ones will adore Runcorn Pool with its children's pool and waterslide as well as pre-booked party options including child supervision, catering, pool toys, games and activities that can also be customised. Older children might like to celebrate at the Colmslie Aquatic Centre in Morningside, which offers an inflatable obstacle course.
Pool operators have increased sanitation and crowd management measures under a COVID Safe Industry Plan. Contact the pool for site-specific operating conditions before your visit. For pool locations and opening times, visit brisbane.qld.gov.au