Queanbeyan Pool, or Q-One Aquatics, is a swimming pool located over the border in NSW, just a short 20 minute drive from Canberra's CBD. Late in January 2018, a new addition was added to the swimming pool which has attracted families from all around the region. A colourful, creative wet play area opened up just in time for the last couple of weeks of the summer school holidays. Over 1700 people went through the gates on the first day! With temperatures creeping up towards 40 degrees - it isn't hard to see why...
Wet Play Area Opening Day, January 20th, 2018. Image: Q-One Aquatics Facebook (Photo Credit: Swimplex Aquatics)
My daughter and I visited the pool a few days after it opened and got there early, so that we could relax and have a swim in the indoor and outdoor pools, before the wet play area opened at 10am. This proved to be a good idea, as it was fairly quiet when we first arrived and we could enjoy the warmth of the indoor pool, almost to ourselves. As the clock neared 10am, families started to pour in through the entrance and the outdoor pool filled up fast. Many kids borrowed the large blue and yellow "octoboats" so they could float out on the water, while they waited. Before long however, the clock struck 10 o'clock and kids literally ran from all areas of the pool towards the sudden and thunderous sound of crashing, splashing water. The fun was about to begin!
Heated indoor 25 metre swimming pool (open all year around)
Entry into the wet play area is included in the pool entry price, which is $6 for adults and $4 for children, at the time of writing. This is great value for the amount of time you can spend at this swimming pool, with two pools, splash park, octoboats, shady areas and a kiosk for lunchtime hot chips. The wet play area itself is open between 10am - 6pm daily when the outdoor pool is open, between October and March. You can get there earlier for a general swim however, with the pool opening at 5:30am during the week and 7am on weekends, during the summer school holidays (at the time of writing).
The wet play area has a huge bucket on top which fills up with water and periodically tips over - much to the squeals of delight from all the kids waiting underneath! When you walk up into the centre of the play area, you get drenched with powerful water jets which seem to get you from every direction. At the top there are two small waterslides to choose from - one is smaller with a straight ride down, side by side with a friend, and the other one has a small curve in the slide. Both give you a surprise at the end as you splash into a long pool of water, just like an adult waterslide. I must say, I went up and down quite a few times with my daughter as we both enjoyed it so much - we were giggling and spluttering the entire way up and down!
Meanwhile, all around the outside, there are water jets, canons to spray each other and a small toddler pool on the far side, for a quiet paddle away from the action. Although Canberra is fortunate to have Big Splash Waterpark and other splash parks and swimming pools all around the Capital, it is worth the drive to experience a new one in Queanbeyan. You can never try out too many swimming pools through the summer school holidays, so why not pack up the car, slap on the sunscreen and spend the day in Queanbeyan? Expect to stay there for awhile, as no-one will want to leave - including you!
Queanbeyan Pool, just 20 minutes from Canberra's CBD. Image: Q-One Aquatics Facebook. (Photo credit: Swimplex Aquatics)