As the Brisbane temperatures rise, finding a nice spot to cool down becomes a necessity. Even if you’re not lucky enough to own your own swimming pool, there are literally dozens of public and private pools across Brisbane that you could visit for a refreshing dip. Many of these venues do charge a small fee, however there are a few council ‘Water Parks’ that are completely free of charge to enjoy. We’ve got the low-down on where to cool-down in Brisbane this summer. Click on the name of the pool for a full review or, to find a pool near you, search via the map below.
North Brisbane Pools
Albany Creek Leisure Centre, Albany Creek
The Albany Creek Leisure Centre boasts a toddler pool complete with fountains that cascade and a toddler slippery slide. Also has a larger bigger kids mammoth slide. Separately, it features some wet areas that have fountains and other water fun for the littlest people. It also comes with cafe and plenty of space. Entry Fees apply. Old Northern Road, Albany Creek. Albany Creek Leisure Centre Website
Bribie Island Aquatic Centre
Like a mini water park, Bribie Island Aquatic centre comes with a water adventure park likely to satisfy any youngster. Also boasts BBQS and all the quality amenities one would expect from a great council facility. Entry Fees apply. Goodwin Drive, Bribie Island. Moreton Bay Regional Council Pools Information
Caboolture Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre
Caboolture Regional Aquatic Centre features an enclosed children’s play area that is just the beginning of the awesome facilities you can expect at this world class leisure centre. All sorts of sports are available, and BBQ facilities and a cafe are just some of the features you will enjoy. Entry Fees apply. Moreton Bay Regional Council Pools Information
Chermside Aquatic Centre, Chermside
Catering well for wheelchairs and other disabilities, Chermside is a fabulous facility for all Brisbane Kids. With a two-person tube ride, open water slide, four mini slides, lily pads, shaded areas and a cafe, this is more a water park than a swimming pool. 25 metre outdoor and 15 metre indoor pool.
Deception Bay Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Deception Bay
Deception Bay Aquatic & Fitness Centre features a 50 metre Olympic pool, a covered pool for swimming lessons, a toddlers’ pool and play area, and a Zero Depth Splash Pad. Wheelchair access to the centre and the pool itself are also included. Entry Fees apply. Moreton Bay Regional Council Pools Information
Ferny Hills Swimming Pool, Ferny Hills
This facility has a 50m outdoor heated lap pool, a 20m learn to swim heated pool, plus a free form toddler’s play pool with playground, and complementary barbeques.
Ithaca Pool, Paddington
Ithaca Pool is a 25 metre pool, learn to swim pool, kiosk and disabled pool entry. Ithaca Pool Website
Lawnton Aquatic Centre, Lawnton
If you live in the Lawnton, Strathpine, Bray Park, Petrie, Warner or Cashmere areas, a visit to the Lawnton Aquatic Centre is a must this season. Even if you live further afield, it is worth the drive to this excellent facility that offers year round ‘learn to swim’ classes for young and old, public swimming and regular family friendly events, including dive-in movies. Cnr Gympie and Lawnton Pocket Roads, Lawnton. www.lawntonac.com.au
Newmarket Pool, Newmarket
Newmarket pool has the slides, the waterspouts and the facilities that will keep you and your Brisbane Kids coming back. Shaded swimming areas for kids and heaps of grass to pull out a picnic. Entry Fees apply. 71 Alderson St Newmarket.
North Lakes Aquatic Centre, North Lakes
Located just 5 minutes’ walk from Westfield North Lakes shopping centre and opposite the new North Lakes library and bus terminal, North Lakes Aquatic Centre is way more than your average swimming pool. The centre is open 7 days a week, all year round, and features a heated outdoor 25-metre lap pool, a custom-built heated indoor learn-to-swim pool, and a toddler splash play area. It is an Austswim and Swim Australia recognised swim school with one of the largest Learn to Swim programs on Brisbane’s north side, and it has classes and programs for all ages and abilities! Entry fees apply. 2 The Corso, North Lakes. www.northlakesac.com.au/home
Sandgate Aquatic Centre, Sandgate
Sandgate Pool has a 50 metre outdoor pool, learn to swim pool, playground area, Electric BBQs, Basketball Courts and a kids area with 5 waterslides!
Settlement Cove Lagoon, Redcliffe
Apart from the lovely location, Settlement Cove Lagoon at Redcliffe features a wading pool, swimming lagoon, BBQs, playgrounds, and toilets. Open during daylight hours. Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe Moreton Bay Regional Council Pools Information
Central Brisbane Pools
Centenary Swimming Pool, Spring Hill
Centenary Pool has a 50 metre swimming pool, dive pool, wading pool and learn to swim pool. It features a cafe, ample shade and learn to swim classes for budding Brisbane Kid swimmers.
Fortitude Valley Pool
50m metre heated outdoor pool, Wheelchair accessible bathrooms and cafe. Brisbane City Council Pools Website
Musgrave Park Pool, West End
Musgrave Park Pool has a 50 metre pool and 2 wading pools with ample shade for a picnic. Closed during winter. Brisbane City Council Pools Website
Spring Hill Swimming Pool, Spring Hill
South Bank Parklands
How could the list escape the mention of South Bank. Apart from being located in the hub of Brisbane, it also features a man made swimming pool, water park inclusions, a man made beach, BBQs, picnic table, shade and toilets. Stanley Street Plaza, South Brisbane South Bank Website.
AQUATIVITY, (part of southbank) a fun and interactive water-play park is a great location for children and families to play, learn and enjoy the outdoors. Open daily from 8am-8pm. Aquativity features educational play elements referencing the river, and helps to create an early understanding of the water cycle and its preservation. Immersing children in an interactive experience, Aquativity also highlights the native fish and mammal species of mullet and dugong, the interesting pattern of the river catchments and the importance of indigenous, environmental and urban elements to the river. Did you know? South Bank Corporations Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP) has been in place since 2001, and in this time South Banks overall water use was reduced by 81 per cent. Taken from SouthBank Website South Bank Activity Details on their website
South Brisbane Pools
Acacia Ridge Leisure Centre, Acacia Ridge
Acacia Ridge Leisure Centre boasts a 25 metre heated pool and a large lagoon style pool. Grass for picnics of tables for the more civilised. Learn to Swim Classes Disabled access.
Beenleigh Aquatic Centre Logan
Outdoor Heated 50 yard pool, grassed area for picnics, Toddler pool and disabled access. Logan Council Pool Website
Bethania Aquatic Centre Logan
Outdoor 25 metre pool with 8 lanes, leisure pool for the kids with a beach entry, disabled access, shaded areas for a relaxing picnic and a kiosk for refreshments. Logan Council Pool Website
Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Chandler
This complex has an outdoor 50m pool, an indoor 50m pool 50m, a 25 metre indoor activity pool, an indoor leisure pool which is perfect for toddlers for water play, and an indoor 50m waterslide for the bigger kids.
Carole Park Pool
You will find a 25 metre heated pool with Ample shade, a beach pool and a wading pool for little Brisbane kids at the Carole Park Pool. Swimming Pool closed for winter Brisbane City Council Pools Website
Colmslie Pool, Morningside
The Colmslie pool has a 50 metre outdoor heated pool, a 15 metre indoor pool and a great new outdoor water play park for your Brisbane Kids.
Dunlop Park Pool
This has a beach entry into one of their pools, with a total of 2 toddler pools, a lagoon beach pool & coffee shop and bbqs. Entry fees apply. 794 Oxley Road, Corinda Dunlop Park Pool
Eagleby Auqatic Centre Logan
Outdoor 25 metre pool, a playgrounds, shaded areas, a training pool, a leisure pool for the kids with beach entry and a kiosk with refreshments. Logan Council Pool Website
Gould Adams Park Aquatic Centre, Kingston
Predominantly a learning pool, but with the Kiddies Adventure Pool it’s a great place for all Brisbane Kids.
This is contained within a school, but is open to the community at set times- Logan Council Pool Website
Hamptons Swim School- Various Locations
Welcome to the home of learn to swim. Featuring babies aquatic lessons from 3 months, Squad training, a public lap pool and a life saving and surf skills program. Also boasts other sensory programs for kids including the world reknown baby sensory and toddler tumbletastics. Head to their website for all the details. Locations at Bulimba, Morningside and Norman Park. Hamptons Swim School
Hibiscus Pool Complex, Mount Gravatt
Hibiscus Pool Complex at Mount Gravatt boasts an olympic sized swimming pool, 25 metre outdoor swimming pool, learn to swim pool with disable access to the bathrooms.
Jimboomba Pool, Jimboomba
Very limited details- but we believe Jimboomba Pool is just a standard 25 metre pool within a school that opens to the community for set hours- head to the Logan Council Pool Website for more information.
Jindalee Pool, Jindalee
After an extensive makeover in late 2013, Jindalee Pool not only has a 50 metre 8 lane outdoor pool and an 18 metre heated program pool, but an awesome new splash pad with tipping baskets, mist spray, water mushrooms, water jets and spray fountain too!! There is also a great undercover playground and free electric barbeques, along with a kid’s crèche that is open on weekday mornings for a small fee. The Jindalee Swimming Pool offers Learn to Swim lessons, squads for adults and children and a great mum’s and bub’s programme. Birthday parties can also be held at the pool and there is a kiosk that serves great coffee and a good old fashioned lemonade icy-pole. See our review of Jindalee Pool here, or check out the Jindalee Pool Website today.
Logan North Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Underwood
The facilities are designed to cater for all the family, and will create a great day out for you and your Brisbane Kids. They are even able to offer the Laurie Lawrence Swim School at this centre.
Manly Pool, Manly
You’ll enjoy the facilities here with your Brisbane Kids no matter what their age. The safe and secure kids’ pool is great for toddlers and infants, while the waterslide is a big hit with the older kids (as well as adults!)
Mt Gravatt East Aquatic Centre, Mount Gravatt East
This aquatic centre has an outdoor 25m heated pool, an indoor teaching pool, as well as a specially designed kids’ play area, and a wheelchair ramp into the pool. Mt Gravatt East Aquatic Centre boasts wonderful facilities for the whole community.
Runcorn Pool, Runcorn
Springwood Aquatic Centre Logan
25 metre learn to swim pool, outdoor heated 50 metre pool, fully shaded pool for the family, BBQs & a fitness pool. Logan City Council Pools Website Stones Corner Langlands Park Pool 50 metres pool, learn to swim pool, wading pool, ample shade and heating in all pools. Brisbane City Council Pools Website
Wynnum Wading Pool & Water Park
The Wynnum Wading Pool provides ample opportunity for kids to have a safe swim with a shallow water level. The water park which is right next door features lots of fun fountains and other awesome inclusions. Complete with a playgrounds, Pandanus Beach right next door, toilets, BBQs and shade this will be a great day out. Esplanade, Wynnum. You can find pictures on our facebook page under the photo tab
Yeronga Park Memorial Pool, Yeronga
Whether you’re looking for swimming lessons, swimming squad or just a great day out—Yeronga Park Pool is the perfect destination for all Brisbane Kids. This complex has a 50 metre heated pool, a 25 metre heated pool, a wading pool, water play for the kids, bbq facilities and ample shade for a picnic.
West Brisbane & Ipswich Pools
Bellbowrie Pool, Belbowrie
50 metre, 25 metre heated, wading pool, play pool and slide pool. Playground, Shady Spots, water play features and learn to swim classes Closed during winter. Bellbowrie Pool Website
Find a local Brisbane swimming centre near you
Use our handy map to locate a local swimming pool or leisure centre. Make sure you take lots of suncream and dress your kids in sunsmart swimwear. Often swimming pools do sell food but we would suggest taking lots of fresh, cool water because swimming is thirsty work!