Beat the Heat! A Guide to Brisbane’s Public Pools.

Well it’s mid-November in Brisbane, and despite the fact that it’s technically still spring the weather dial is already set to scorching hot.

Last weekend saw temps reach the high 30s or even 40 degrees (depending on where you were) and IT. WAS. SWELTERING!

When the mercury reaches that level there’s only one  thing to do – and that’s get thee to thy nearest pool!

If you’re lucky enough to have a pool at your house/apartment then that’s GREAT. No really it is! I mean, I’d  be pretty shallow if I was jealous of something so petty, wouldn’t I? *

However if you’re like me and don’t have a pool of your own its not as simple as sauntering out to the back yard and swan-diving into an oasis of cool.

Basically you have three choices:

  1. Visit family who have a pool – you’re related goddammit so they have to take you in
  2. Drop mega-hints to a friend who has a pool and hope they catch on
  3. Head to one of Brisbane’s public pools

But before you throw yourself on the mercy of friends and family you really should check out one of Brisbane’s public pools.

Did you know there are over  20 public pools scattered throughout the Brisbane metro area? And that’s not even counting the three lagoons you can also choose from.

But as with most things different strokes suit different folks (see what I did there).

So to make it easy for you to work out which pool to choose here is the Our Town Brisbane Guide Brisbane’s Public Pools. 


Pools for a Pre or Post work, Work-out

These inner city pools are conveniently located for a pre or post work swim – and in summer it beats sweating at the gym hands down!

Spring Hill Baths

DETAILS: 14 Torrington Street, Spring Hill.  Built in 1886 this is Brisbane’s oldest in-ground pool!

Valley Pool

DETAILS: 432 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley. Booking your lane ahead of time is recommended.

Ithaca Pool 

DETAILS: 131 Caxton Street, Paddington. Wheelchair access is available via a ramp at the shallow end of the pool.

Valley Pool

The Valley Pool (Source:


Best Family Friendly Pools

What makes a family friendly pool? For me it comes down to three criteria: 

  1. Adequate shaded areas
  2. Decent canteen – including drinkable coffee if possible
  3. Something that will keep the kids entertained (under your beady-eyed supervision of course)

I’ve been to all five of the five pools on this list so I can personally vouch for the fact that they meet these criteria in spades. They have also stood up to the onslaught of my three boisterous sons which says quite a bit as well!

Chermside Aquatic Centre

DETAILS: 375 Hamilton Road, Chermside. There are six- yes SIX – waterslides at Chermside Aquatic Centre! They also cater for birthday parties.

Newmarket Olympic Pool

DETAILS: 71 Alderson Street, Alderly. There is SO much for kids to do at this pool you’ll have to run to keep up with them! Waterslides and all manner of squirty, splashy activities will keep them so entertained they won’t want to leave.

Yeronga Park Pool

DETAILS: 55 School Road, Yeronga. This has an excellent shaded areas plus a Bali Hut style covered area with tables. Electric BBQs are also available if you’d prefer to bring your own lunch.

Hibiscus Centre

DETAILS: 90 Klumpp Road, Mt Gravatt. Hibiscus has three pools plus a 20 meter waterslide. There are also indoor sports facilities and a skate park that older kids may enjoy.


DETAILS: 1 Fairlead Crescent, Manly. The Manly Pool is slightly smaller than some of the other options, but it does have a waterslide and a secure kids pool which I think more than makes up for its size

chermside-poolimage source 

Lagoons for EVERYBODY!

Lagoons are probably the most versatile public swimming facilities and Brisbane is lucky enough to have THREE within 30 minutes driving distance of the city. They’re suitable for all ages, have BBQ facilities so you can BYO lunch and best of all…  they’re free!

The number 1 piece of advice I would give when planning to go to any of these lagoons is… GO EARLY! Competition for parking, BBQs, and prime positions is fierce so the earlier you get there the better chance you have of nabbing a prime possie.

Streets Beach @ Southbank

DETAILS: Southbank Parklands, Southbank.  Brisbane’s man-made beach is the jewel in the crown of our city! In addition to the usual swimming fun, the Aquativity interactive water-play area is fantastic for kids of all ages.

Settlement Cove Lagoon

DETAILS: Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe. Located on the beautiful Redcliffe foreshore this lagoon is VERY popular on hot days. There are limited shady areas though so this really is one to hit early before the heat of the day kicks in.

Wynnum Lagoon

DETAILS: Wynnum Esplanade, Wynnum. This shallow lagoon is great for families with younger children AND its adjacent to a very cool park Plenty of BBQs and seating nearby or grab some fish & chips from one of the excellent local take-aways.

Wynnum Wading Pool

Wynnum Wading Pool

So now you have all the information you need to beat the heat this summer in Brisbane!

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Happy swimming 🙂

*to be read in a super-perky and cheerful voice that totally covers the fact that I am INSANELY jealous.

Rachel - Ed

About Rachel

Thirty-something Brisbane lover, trying to find the balance between FOMO and YOLO. Semi-retired party girl who loves planning itineraries for big nights out. Often found dragging 3 boys around your local farmers markets or attempting to sneak out for dinner with my husband, The Chef.

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4 Responses to “Beat the Heat! A Guide to Brisbane’s Public Pools.”

  1. The lagoon pool in Manly played a very large part of my childhood. Also, I may have had a turn on the slide while heavily pregnant with the Little Sister – I covered half the length of the pool. Bearhands was less than impressed! 🙂

  2. Wow. That Chermside pool looks amazing 🙂 You’ve mentioned our local in here. It really is a great family spot. We’re there every weekend 🙂

  3. Lagoon pools look great – very swish pool option! Over summer, we pretty much lived at the local public pool in the WA country town I grew up in.

  4. Love how there’s a lagoon in Southbank. I remember going to Brisbane for a business trip once and we had some time to kill before the conference so out came the cozzies and sun screen and we hung out there before getting back into our corporate suits! Smack bang in the CBD! Awesome!

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