I am a weekend adventurer and enjoy getting out and about with the family. I live in Brisbane and my main loves are food, sport and kid related activities
Published January 20th 2014
stay cool at the pool
The Sandgate aquatic complex is an oasis on the foreshore. There is a 50 metre pool, toddler pool with slides and play structures, another shallow pool with a longer slide, plus an indoor learn to swim pool.
Arrive early to nab a sun lounge or BBQ. If you don't there is plenty of shade on the grassy area under a tree. There are also a couple of playgrounds and even a basketball hoop. Even with all this there is enough open space to not feel crowded.
First opened in 1927 the Sandgate pool of yesteryear was described in an article on the history of Aspley swimming club as "a smelly salt water pool with very dark, unpainted changing rooms which also smelt strongly". Thankfully times have changed and not only is the pool not smelly but the water temperature is divine and it is perfect for people of all ages.
For the serious swimmers the 50 metre pool is where you will hang out. For families with children the toddler pool is great as it has shallow bits and deeper bits with a shade sail partially covering it. The 2 slides provide entertainment for a range of ages as one is for novices and the other for older kids. When the big slide is open in the other pool there is usually a huge lineup as teenagers can also get a thrill from this one. I won't go into details of how I sustained a black eye on same slide - according to my husband something to do with lack of technique.
The pool opening hours and entry fees can be found on the Brisbane City Council website. For our family of 2 adults and 2 children under 12, entry was around $15. For this you can stay all day if you like and even scoot across the road for fish and chips and re-enter.
If you are after a snack then the shop offers some hot food such as pies and sausage rolls. There is also a range of ice-creams, chips, lollies and even sunscreen if you forgot your own.
Being on the foreshore you can often see the colourful sails of kite surfers overhead. You may also want to visit the great playground right beside the pool or enjoy a walk along the path beside the ocean.
For a great place to spend a hot summer's day check out the Sandgate pool.