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The Best Swimming Pools In Melbourne, 2023 Edition

By Claudia Goundar

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As the temperature rises and summer holidays get into full swing, you're definitely going to need a spot to cool down. Luckily, Melbourne has a ton of great swimming pools to cannonball into. 

Here’s our rundown of best swimming pools in Melbourne for 2023:

Brunswick Baths 

BRUNSWICK

Behind the 1920s historic frontage, Brunswick Baths is a summertime staple among the Merri-bek community. Whether you're a seasoned swimmer or just seeking aquatic fun, the venue has indoor and outdoor pools comprising 20 and 50-meter pools as well as a water play pool and a kid’s splash pad, making for one of Melbourne’s best pools for visitors of all ages.

Oak Park Sports And Aquatic Centre

OAK PARK

The Oak Park Sports and Aquatic Center has seen a pretty recent and impressive transformation, now boasting an epic and thrilling orange and blue intertwining slide. Its kid-friendly water attractions along with the standard 50-meter lap pool, make for one of the best Melbourne pool facilities that seamlessly combines the excitement of Adventure Park with the traditional lap swimming options.

Melbourne Sports And Aquatic Centre

ALBERT PARK

Boasting world-class aquatic facilities, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, known as MSAC offers two 50-meter competition pools, a 25-meter indoor lap pool, as well as a hydrotherapy pool. While MSAC serves as a professional athlete hub, it also welcomes all visitors to enjoy the versatile multi-purpose pool and an indoor wave pool for kids to frolic in.

St Kilda Sea Baths

ST KILDA

Established in the 19th century when swimming from the open beach was forbidden during daylight hours,tThe 25-metre heated seawater pool offers beautiful views of the bay, the hydrotherapy spa pool helps relieve muscle aches and pains, and there’s even a gorgeous aromatherapy steam room.

Northcote Aquatic And Recreation Centre 

NORTHCOTE

The Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC) is gearing up to open their doors in November following an extensive 18-month transformation. The revamped indoor aquatics now include an eight-lane 25-metre heated pool, a dedicated learn-to-swim pool, an aquatic play area replete with water slides, and a warm water pool with an integrated spa among other facilities. In the outdoor area, you’ll find a 10-lane 50-metre pool, along with a nature-based splash pad—perfectly suited for the younger kiddies. 

Carlton Baths 

CARLTON

Situated on Rathdowne Street, the Carlton Baths offers a 25-metre outdoor pool—ideal for those evading the heat or those seeking fitness benefits in lap swimming or aqua aerobics. There’s also a heated outdoor toddler pool, complete with a slide and several jets, offering for a great option for young kids among Melbourne’s pool options.

Aqualink 

BOX HILL & NUNAWADING

Discover your preferred stroke in the variety of pools available at at Aqualink. With a a 25 metre 6-lane heated indoor pool, 25 metre 10-lane heated outdoor pool, a learn-to-swim pool and a therapy pool, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From ample lap options to a toddler pool and a triple springboard diving pool, Aqualink stands as one of the best Melbourne pool facilities.

Fitzroy Swimming Pool 

FITZROY

Fitzroy Pool holds a special place among the local community having made remarkable grass roots efforts to prevent the pool from closure in the 1990s. The heritage-listed Aqua Profonda sign stands as a tribute to the rich cultural history associated with the pool. The outdoor establishment features a 50-metre heated pool and spacious concrete steps—ideal for lounging, sunbathing, and reading between refreshing dips.

Crown Metropol 

CBD

Located on the 27th floor, Crown Metropool offers a 25-metre indoor heated pool, providing stunning city vistas, a refined ambience and swish lounge beds. There’s also a 38-degree vitality pool and an aroma steam room, making for one of the more luxurious options among Melbourne’s best pool offerings.

Marriott Hotel 

DOCKLANDS

Among Melbourne’s best pool round-ups is undoubtedly the infinity pool at the Marriot Hotel Docklands. The 28-meter wet-edge pool located on the hotel’s rooftop overlooks captivating skyline views. There’s also plush day beds aligning to the curved pool, allowing you to conveniently dip in and out or enjoy a drink by the pool.

Coburg Leisure Centre

COBURG

For nostalgic fun in the sun, it’s hard to look past Coburg Leisure Centre with its 50-metre outdoor pool and 1-metre diving board. Barbecues and well-shaded grassed areas are perfect for cooking snags or catching shade, and there’s even an old-school kiosk deep-frying potato cakes. 

Editors note: Coburg swimming pool is set to re-open on Friday December 1, 2023

Melbourne City Baths

CBD

An inner-city oasis with an old-world feel, the Melbourne City Baths are worth a visit just for the stunning architecture. Built back in 1860, the entire centre has been modernised and now features a 30-metre lap pool and a state-of-the-art gym as well as multiple perks for members like a free monthly breakfast buffet.

Brighton Baths

BRIGHTON

Established way back in 1881, the Brighton Baths are home to the legendary Icebergers, a group of possibly devoted locals who brave the cold surf 365 days a year. As well as outdoor bathing, this Brighton institution boasts indoor swimming and gym facilities, steam rooms, and group fitness classes overlooking Port Phillip Bay. 

Richmond Recreation Centre 

RICHMOND

The often-overlooked Richmond Rec features a 50-metre indoor pool which is a great place for serious swimmers to smash out a few laps. With a separate toddler pool and free kickboards aplenty, it’s also got two gyms, group fitness studios, a spa, a sauna and a steam room. Plus, it’s smack bang opposite the Richmond fresh food markets. 

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Image credit: Chris Lawton

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