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South East Queensland's Biggest Dives

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by Damsel Martin (subscribe)
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Published February 26th 2015
It's high time you made a splash
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Dive on in at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. Image courtesy FINA Diving Grand Prix Gold Coast.

South East Queensland is home to some of the state's biggest dives. Dive pools, that is. From the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre with its superlative ocean views, through to the strictly-business Brisbane Aquatic Centre within Sleeman Sports Complex and the family-friendly Centenary Aquatic Centre which is located just a hop, skip and jump from Brisbane's CBD, there's sure to be a place to suit you and your swan dives.

Centenary Aquatic Centre

My personal favourite is the Centenary Aquatic Centre's dive pool, which opens to the public on a seasonal basis from 11.30am to 2.30pm. There are a range of platform heights to experiment with - ranging from dizzying to difficult to doddling. A lifeguard is on duty to direct traffic, for this is a spectacularly busy spot on weekends.

The rest of the Centenary Aquatic Centre complex has plenty to offer also. The main Olympic-standard pool, constructed in 1959 and refurbished in 2012-13, is historically significant and is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register. For little ones, there's a great wading pool with tipping buckets. An open-air but undercover learn-to-swim pool is popular with children of all ages, from babies through to school-aged.

Details:
400 Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill QLD 4000
Tel: 1300 733 053

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Sunrise over the dive pool. Image courtesy Centenary Aquatic Centre.


Brisbane Aquatic Centre
The Brisbane Aquatic Centre within the Sleeman Sports Complex also offers some great excuses to dive on in. The Dive Pool features 10 metre, 7.5 metre, 5 metre, one metre and 0.5 metre platforms and diving boards. Access to all diving activities is club-based - that is, you'll need to be a member of a diving club to participate. Visit Diving Australia for more details. Not much of a diver? There are 50 metre indoor and outdoor pools, and a waterslide which really adds the 'woo hoo' factor to one's day.

Details:
Cnr Old Cleveland and Tilley Rds, Chandler
Tel: 07 3131 9611

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Finally, there's the glorious Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, which will be the swimming and diving facility for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Located within Southport's Broadwater Parklands, there are a range of diving platforms available as well as a dry dive training facility. Other facilities here include a 50-metre competition pool, learn-to-swim pool, children's splash pool, and much more.

Details:
Marine Parade, Southport Qld 4215
Tel: 07 5582 8282

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Chandler's crowning jewel. Image courtesy Sleeman Sports Complex.
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