Brisbane is favored for its subtropical climate, perfect weather nearly all year round and locality to some of Australia’s best beaches. Yet if the city center is just too hot and simply being by the water is what you’re looking, you’ll find choice of incredible swimming pools within just minutes of the Central Business District (CBD).
Spring Hill Baths
Set in a heritage-listed site, Spring Hill Baths are located in the city center and open all year round. Whether you simply want to do laps or enjoy one of the aqua classes, it’s worth visiting just to say you’ve been to the oldest public bath in the southern hemisphere.
When the weather heats up, it makes sense that many northsiders flock to Newmarket Pool to cool down. With a grassy area, mushroom fountains, a 50m Olympic pool, a floating slide and an indoor heated pool, even with crowds you’ll always be able to find some space. Open 7 days a week you can either spend the day in the sun or hide away in the shade with its outdoor and indoor pool options.
Streets Beach – South Bank
Brisbane’s iconic man-made beach can be found right in the heart of the city center. With a view over the Brisbane River and Brisbane CBD, spend your day soaking up some rays on the sand, with tons of dining options nearby too. No need to drive an hour to get sandy, when you’ve got a beach right there in the city center.
Discover Settlement Cove’s tropical lagoon just minutes from the beach in Redcliffe. This shallow lagoon feels like a much father escape than just half an hour from the CBD. With little tree islands, AstroTurf and toddler pools, its serenity at its best. In true Australian style, the area is lined with barbecues and picnic tables too.
Wynnum Wading Pool
This 1930 tidal pool is set beside the Bayside waterfront. With an aquatic park next door too, spend hours on end here soaking up the warm sun.
As it becomes high tide, the pool is filled with fresh seawater, and as the tide goes out watch the crabs as they gather along the shore. For lunch you’ll find picnic tables and barbecues – all the essential elements of a perfect day!
Open to the public, Next Hotel rooftop pool is open seven days a week from midday. The pool terrace and bar overlook Queen Street Mall and South Bank, with a 21 meter pool it will feel like you’ve stepped out of the city and into a perfect oasis.
Set in the heart of Brisbane City, the Marriott Hotel’s Grecian style pool will add a splash of luxury to your swim. This outdoor undercover pool is heated, perfect for any time of the year, with a sauna, too.
Emporium Hotel Pool
Known for its chic and elegant style in Fortitude Valley, you can expect no less from the Emporium Hotel’s rooftop pool. Set on the rooftop terrace, the pool is heated with a sauna and sunbathing lounges to accompany.
Located on the main shopping street of Brisbane City – Queen Street Mall, the Hilton offers a beautiful rooftop pool overlooking skyscrapers in the CBD. This heated outdoor swimming pool brings you poolside service and sun beds, perfect for lazing all day by the water.
Meriton Serviced Apartments – Adelaide Street
The Meriton’s indoor 20 metre heated swimming pool is suitable for those wanting to stay out of Australia’s beating sun, also with a spa and sauna.
Now that you’ve dipped your feet in, are you ready to dive in to other pools around Brisbane? Check out more of what beautiful Brisbane has to offer here.
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