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Best Public Pools in Brisbane

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Published September 16th 2020
Splash out in Brisbane
Streets Beach in the City

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!

Best for kids 

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.  

  • Jindalee Pool, 11 Yallambee Road, Jindalee

  • Manly Pool , 1 Fairlead Crescent, Manly

  • Hibiscus Sports Complex Pool, 90 Klumpp Road, Upper Mount Gravatt

    Laps at The Valley Pool

    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. 

  • Chermside Pool, 375 Hamilton Road, Chermside

  • Parkinson Aquatic Centre, 751 Algester Road, Parkinson

  • Valley Pool, 432 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley

    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.

  • Bellbowrie Pool, 47 Birkin Road, Bellbowrie

    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 and search for 'south bank'.

  • Ithaca Pool, 14 Caroline Street, Paddington

  • South Bank Parklands, Little Stanley Street, South Brisbane (southern entrance)

    Take the plunge at Centenary Pool

    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.

  • Centenary Pool, 400 Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill

    Family fun at Runcorn Pool

    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. 

  • Runcorn Pool, 37 Bonemill Road, Runcorn

  • Colmslie Aquatic Centre, 400 Lytton Road, Morningside

    Safety first 

    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

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