Best Public Pools in Melbourne
While activity in cultural hub Melbourne seems to be constantly heating up, there’s nothing better than escaping the hustle and bustle for a cool-down. Luckily, there are numerous fun, refreshing watering holes hidden around this enigmatic city, each with its own quirks. Look no further than this list before going for your next dip!
MELBOURNE SPORTS & AQUATIC CENTRE (Albert Park)
Located just minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, the MSAC is your one-stop destination for water-fun, fitness and wellbeing. Boasting an array of facilities, MSAC caters to all types of watery-interests, ranging from competition pools for the more serious swimmer, to water slides, diving boards and a wave pool for those looking just to jump into some fun. The coolest feature? MSAC has its very own FlowRider, so get down and get truly wiped out — in the best way possible.
Location: 375 Albert Road, Albert Park VIC 3206
BRIGHTON BATHS (Brighton)
Sometimes the best pool is the one that nature gave us — the ocean. Bordered by a scenic boardwalk, these sea baths are the best way to cool off, or keep fit as you take in the blissful panoramic views. This iconic local-favourite has been the swimming hub of Melbourne since 1881, and remains a premier location for swimmers, visitors and fitness enthusiasts alike. Home of the Brighton Baths Health Club, it’s always bustling with activity and is the best spot in Melbourne for open water swimming.
Location: 251 Esplanade, Brighton VIC 3186
GLEN EIRA SWIM & AQUATIC CENTRE (Bentleigh East)
If you are looking to keep the kids amused and cool-off at the same time, GESAC is the perfect place. Stop in for some soothing early morning laps in the indoor or outdoor lap pools, relax with a spa in Aquatic Wellness Centre, or let the little ones wear themselves out on the huge, fun-filled waterslides. There’s plenty of water features and play equipment for the kids and all the facilities you need for a fitness session — both in and out of the water!
Location: 200 East Boundary Road, Bentleigh East VIC 3165
MONASH AQUATIC & RECREATION CENTRE (Glen Waverly)
Looking for that beach experience, but can’t stand the seagulls? The MARC is a little slice of the coast tucked into the suburbs and boasts a range of facilities catering to all your fitness needs – and more! Let the kiddies exhaust themselves as they conquer the inflatable obstacle course through the holidays and on weekends, or jump in the wave pool and enjoy the rush of the wild water as you splash through the waves. A taste of the beach you can enjoy in any weather!
Location: 626 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley VIC 3150
This centre covers all the basics when it comes to aquatic facilities, with something a little bit extra – two giant waterslides worthy of a fun-park. These adrenaline slides give this centre that “wow” factor, and are attracting kiddies and inner-kiddies alike onto their treacherous falls. Along with Tarzan ropes, waterfalls, geysers and inflatables, this is one centre that will keep you frolicking in the water until you are well and truly pruned!
Location: 1 Flintoff Street, Greensborough VIC 3088