Make a splash with the ultimate guide to Brisbane public pools

Learn to swim class, Hibiscus Sports Complex Pool, Upper Mount Gravatt

Okay Brisbane, we know you love a good swim! Whether it's laps you love, splashing with the kids, or lazing poolside with a cool drink in hand, one of Council's 22 public pools has got what you want. Here's where to cool down as the weather warms up.

Best pools for kids

Little ones got energy to burn? Let the water play areas at Council's pools keep them entertained.

For smaller kids new to the water, Jindalee Pool features a colourful splash pad, while Manly Pool in Brisbane's bayside has a fully fenced wading pool with a maximum depth of 45 centimetres. 

For older kids, the Hibiscus Sports Complex Pool in Upper Mount Gravatt has a 12-metre learn to swim area and a 20-metre long, twisting waterslide.

Newmarket Olympic Swimming Pool water play area, Newmarket

Best pools for birthday parties

What's not to love about a pool party?

Little ones will adore Runcorn Pool with its children's pool and waterslide, as well as pre-booked party options including child supervision, catering, pool toys, games and the option of customised activities.

Older children might like to celebrate at the Colmslie Aquatic Centre in Morningside, which has an inflatable obstacle course.

Runcorn Pool, Runcorn

Best pools for fitness

The days of laps-only pool fitness are long gone, with Brisbane pools offering aqua classes, including deep water running and aqua yoga. (Don't worry, we won't make you do downward dog on the bottom of the pool.)

Don't fancy getting your hair wet? Not only is Chermside Pool home to Brisbane's largest water park, it also offers yoga classes in its partly shaded and landscaped grounds.

If you like to keep your options open, complexes like Parkinson Aquatic Centre also boast a health club so you can take your pick between Zumba and spin classes or swimming laps.

If you work in or near Fortitude Valley, hit the Valley Pool for lunchtime laps and pick up a coffee and snack from the onsite cafe.

Keen to brush up on your swimming technique and improve your lap time, check out the squad swimming and stroke development options at your local pool. (Hot tip: Musgrave Park Swimming Centre has been upgraded and has a 50-metre pool that's great for laps.)

Staying active and healthy is easy with our great range of free or low-cost water-based classes to keep you moving. We have classes for everyone - all abilities and fitness levels. Our pools are accessible for people with disabilities.

Aqua class at Dunlop Pool, Corinda

Best pool for basking in the sun

Looking for a bit of rest and relaxation? Throw on your favourite kaftan and head to Bellbowrie Pool to laze by the water. This venue is great for recreational swimming and offers plenty of shade to lay and read or have a snooze. Afterwards, hit the onsite cafe for cool drinks and tasty treats.

Bellbowrie Pool, Bellbowrie

Best pools for beach vibes

When you're craving the beach, but don't have the time to go, try some of our local pools with beach vibes instead.

Ithaca Pool in Paddington has a saltwater pool and grassy areas that are perfect for soaking up a little vitamin D, plus shaded areas made for relaxation.

For iconic Brisbane beach vibes, try the famous Streets Beach in South Bank Parklands. Plan a day at the golden human-made beach with spectacular city views, grassy areas for relaxing, barbecues, cafe and restaurants along a riverfront promenade.

Streets Beach, South Bank Parklands

Best pool for diving

Take the plunge at Centenary Pool in Spring Hill with its Olympic-standard pool and diving platform. Open to experienced divers and beginners alike, you'll find a three and five-metre diving platform and springboards. If you're looking to develop your technique, the Chandler Diving Club is available to provide advice and lessons to get you gliding like Greg Louganis. Phone the pool ahead for platform and springboard open times. 

To ensure safety, make sure kids are competent swimmers before using the diving platforms and springboards. 

Centenary Pool, Spring Hill

Best pools for nostalgia

Find old world charm at heritage-listed Spring Hill Baths. This venue is home to Brisbane's first in-ground pool built in 1886 and includes classic changing rooms and grandstand seating.

Or forget time as you float in the historic Centenary Pool in Spring Hill. Gaze up at the modernist building and diving tower, designed by prominent Queensland architect, James Birrell, for 1959 centenary celebrations.

Spring Hill Baths, Spring Hill

Safety first

Our pool operators have increased sanitation and crowd management under a COVIDSafe Industry Plan. Contact your local pool for site-specific operating information and conditions. 

Also, remember pool safety and if you are responsible for infants and children, keep watch @ Council pools.

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Last updated:23 September 2020
Topics: things to do