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Unley Swimming Centre

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by Alicia Strous (subscribe)
I am a Science student with more hobbies than university subjects.
Published February 8th 2013
Cool down in Unley's pool
The Unley Swimming Centre has three pools: two for toddlers and juniors, and a 50m for lap swimming and recreation. It is very family-friendly and easy to use. All pools are heated between 26 and 28 degrees.

relax swim underwater water pool sunlight fun

The facilities at Unley include change rooms with hot showers and lockers, a kiosk and cafe, and most impressively, disabled services. This enables people with poor mobility to be lowered into the pool. I found the change rooms to be clean and well-lit, with sufficient space and toilets to suffice when busy. The pool itself was very clear and clean, with the usual entry and exit ladders, and flat sides that are level with the water.

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Plenty of room for laps and recreation in the 50m pool.

Surrounding the main pool are large sails that provide excellent shade over the grass. This is quite possibly one of the best shaded outdoor pools in Adelaide, and a big tick for the pool.

shade pool relax grass
Abundant shade covers the green grass: leave your bags here or in the change rooms to keep them cool.

The only disappointing thing was the limited choice of hot foods at the Cafe. It was lunchtime and I was hungry for hot chips, but they don't do those. Chips have long been an Australian tradition by the pool and beach, so in my opinion this was a bit of a letdown. They do offer grilled croissants and focaccias, and a range of lollies and ice creams. Given the small scale of pool, I can understand why it would not be profitable to run the frying equipment.

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The park in front of the pool is small but when combined with some swimming, an easy way to tire out any children.

The car park is fairly small, but the surrounding streets are wide and also available. However, most of the time this pool won't be used by enough people to fill the car park, and it seems to be fairly quiet during the week. In the surrounding park is a playground with benches and a barbeque.

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Seating and barbeque facilities are available just outside the entrance.

Unley pool is ideal for family outings and individual swimmers seeking a quiet location with lots of space. I think it deserves more use from the surrounding community as it is a high quality facility with friendly staff.

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Over view of the main (50m) pool at Unley Swimming Centre.
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When: September to May each year
Phone: 8372 5456
Where: Ethel Street, Forestville
Cost: $6.30 full price, $5 concession, see website for children's pricing
Your Comment
What a practical and informative review Alicia. I was there recently and wanted a pie but they weren't available either.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11250) 2411 days ago
A very useful review Alicia. Like those underwater shots - makes me contemplate on getting a water camera too :)
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2410 days ago
Heated pools, nice. Love the underwater photography!
by Hayley (score: 3|1016) 2410 days ago
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