We have tested the water (literally) at some of Melbourne’s best swimming spots, from beautiful outdoor heated pools to fresh water swimming holes.
The Queens Park Swimming Pool [Corner Pascoe Vale Road and The Strand, Moonee Ponds] is the perfect location to cool down this summer. It offers three different sized pools catering for all age groups: a 50-metre outdoor solar heated pool, a 20-metre junior pool and a toddler pool which includes a frog slide for children under 10. This pool also offers a range of facilities including toilets, changerooms and a fully equipped kiosk. Lucky, because swimming can sure work up an appetite! Does your little one want a pool party for their birthday? Well at Queens Park Swimming Pool their dream can become a reality. The pool holds birthday parties during their summer season which runs between the 25th of November and the 29th March. Next time the weather is warm head down to the pool, take a walk around the picturesque park, or kick a ball around with friends before jumping in to cool off!
It wouldn’t be ‘Melbourne’s Hot Swimming Spots’ if we didn’t take you Bayside. If you love to feel the sand between your toes, the salt water on your skin and the sun on your back head down to Brighton Beach [131 Esplanade, Brighton] for a dip in the ocean. Any beach is a popular summertime location and Brighton beach is no exception as it’s known to be a popular swimming spot. However, its aquatic activities are not all that makes the beach a noted attraction. The uniquely decorated and colourful beach boxes that line the foreshore make the visit to the beach that more exciting, not to mention the insta-worthy pictures. Keep the whole day free as the beach is just a short stroll from local restaurants, cafes and galleries.
If sea life isn’t your thing, Bayside is also home to the Middle Brighton Baths [251 The Esplanade, Brighton] where swimmers can enjoy the benefits of saltwater without the worry of swimming in the ocean. With a wooden walkway around the water, it’s a perfect place to relax and sunbathe on a warm day. Feeling a little more adventurous and willing the brave the outdoors? Head out the front for a dip in the bay. If you’re peckish after your swim the baths have two dining choices. Try the downstairs cafe and bar for the classic fish and chips with tartare sauce, or enjoy something a little more sophisticated at the upstairs restaurant. Feast on a rib-eye steak and sip on an Aperol Spritz while enjoying the amazing views of Port Phillip Bay and the cityscape.
Set aside another Sunday fun day for Pound Bend Reserve [Pound Bend Road, Warrandyte]. Take the family on a wander back in time with the short Wurundjeri Stories Trail. This fascinating walk has signage throughout so you can learn and explore the Wurundjeri history, culture and traditional life. There are even interactive talking posts for the children to enjoy while learning about the traditional owners of the land. When lunch time rolls around, find yourself a spot along the river under the trees to enjoy a picnic. The river has several shallow pools for a relaxing dip or a quick cool off. If you are after something a bit more adventurous try swimming through the Pound Bend Tunnel that was constructed in the late nineteenth century to change the course of the river. It’s four-metres high, 150-metres long and is sure to give those keen a thrill!
Enjoy the sun while sitting on the grassy banks at the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre [180 Victoria Road, Northcote] before heading into the 50-metre outdoor pool to swim a few laps. There are ten lanes to choose from, so you’ll never miss out on getting your daily swim in. If the weather is looking gloomy there is no need worry, the recreation centre has a 25-metre indoor pool allowing you to swim all year round. Both indoor and outdoor areas include a toddler pool too, so the family fun can continue wherever you are. If you’re after a more relaxing experience, this swimming centre has plenty of facilities to cater to your needs. Chill out in the spa or sauna or treat yourself at the cafe. You can even drop the kids off at creche to enjoy some more me time perhaps after a sweat session in the gym. If you’re a keen swimmer, why not purchase a membership so you can go as often as you like!
WaterMarc [1 Flintoff Street, Greensborough] is the largest aquatic and leisure facility in the northern region. If you’re in Greensborough or its surrounding areas, why not go in and check out what it has to offer. If fun is what you are after, this is most definitely the place to go! The good news is WaterMarc is an entirely indoor facility, meaning you can visit rain, hail or shine. Begin the fun in the huge water play space, which has interactive water activities with light and sound features. While you’re there, be careful not to get caught under the dump bucket. You can’t leave WaterMarc without trying both of its epic waterslides, one of which is Australia’s first Tantrum Alley waterslide. Swap between the Tantrum Alley and the Pipeline slide for hours of fun! One thing we know about WaterMarc Aquatic centre is that there is fun for everyone, whether you’re 6 or 60!
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