A mum who uses adventures and outings around town as an excuse to avoid the housework.
Published December 3rd 2017
Relax, cool off, and splash about for free
Looking for the perfect place to cool off and relax on a warm sticky day? Orion Lagoon is the pick of the bunch for both its chilled vibe and water temperatures. Located in Springfield Central's Robelle Domain Parklands this man-made lagoon has been built to suit all aquatic preferences from toe-dippers to dolphin wannabes.
Orion Lagoon is made up of a series of connected pools of varying depths. At its deepest measurement of 1.5 meters the main pool has the capacity for lap-swimming. Smaller (although still expansive) pools reach a depth of 0.3 and 0.6 meters to better suit less confident swimmers and small toddlers.
The main pool
The sculptural pool includes a water fall area as flow continues into it, assisting in water maintenance and calming ambience.
The sculptural pool
The furthermost upstream pool includes a range of aquatic play features such as stepping stones and squirters.
It is the middle and largest section however which appeared to be the most popular on the day of our visit. One long side is designed to gradually and gently decrease its decline, giving the pool a beach-like feel. Minus the sand, visitors can step straight from the 'shore' and into the water. This is a wonderful design for swimmers with impaired mobility. Neighbouring pool entrances are terraced in places – ideal for resting and for work on swimming skills.
There are shelters and colourful shades dotted throughout the Orion Lagoon precinct although these fill up fast during peak times so it's not a bad idea to BYO a sunshade or umbrella.
Seek shelter under the colourful shades or BYO
Other handy facilities include lockers, toilets and change rooms, barbecues and picnic tables. The Lagoon Café serves up a range of tasty snacks and is licensed. You are welcome to bring your own food or alternately could walk across the street to the Orion Shopping Centre or up behind the terraces to additional food outlets.
Lagoon Café and facilities
Public transport is a breeze as the Springfield Central train station is a short walk from the lagoon. If like me you prefer to load up the car with all the aqua gear and drive, there are some things to note which will make parking easier. Low-cost all-day paid parking is available up near the GE building or free parking can be found during quieter periods in the council carpark and on the street. Parking is also available on the other side of Robelle Domain but be aware that some carparks require pay and display due to their close proximity to the University.
The greatest asset to Orion Lagoon is the large number of Lifeguards on duty; 5am – 9pm September 1st to March 31st, and 8am – 4pm April 1st to August 31st. Outside of these times swimming is not permitted and patrons will be asked by security to leave the water. Active supervision of children is still the responsibility of parents and caregivers although it is comforting to know that help is available if required.
Continue the water play fun in Robelle Domain Parklands
While visiting Orion Lagoon be sure to check out more of Robelle Domain. The parklands are brilliantly designed with wide bridges and paths for scooters, bicycles and walkers. Large green spaces, water features, community markets and event spaces make this an interesting park to visit. If by the time you've explored the park you've dried out then there is a playground and water play park to use.
Explore Robelle Domain Parklands
Orion Lagoon is clean, comfortable and bucket loads of fun. It's a great place to spend an entire day, and best of all, it's free.