Where to find the best swimming pools in Melbourne


There is nothing more relaxing than taking a dip during the summer months – especially when a heat wave hits. Unless your Melbourne property has a pool, you’ll be in need of a sweet swimming spot to beat the heat. We’ve found some of the best swimming pools in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

1. Fitzroy Swimming Pool

Open to the public for over a century, the history of the Fitzroy Swimming Pool is just as lively as the bright mural emblazoned on the outside of the facility. Originally known as the Fitzroy Municipal Baths, in 1994 the Yarra Council controversially announced that they would be closing the pool down. This was met with intense public outrage and sparked the infamous “Save The Pool” campaign. Over 2,000 people marched down Brunswick Street and protested in the empty pool, and after petition with 14,000 signatures and plenty of news coverage, the public had succeeded in saving their beloved swimming spot.

Today, the Fitzroy Swimming Pool boasts a 50-metre outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, and plenty of spots to relax in the Melbourne sunshine.

2. Oak Park Sports and Aquatic Centre

Recently re-devoloped, with two thrilling water slides and a dynamic splash pool, excitement is guaranteed at Oak Park Sports and Aquatic Centre. Adrenaline seekers can hop on a raft mat either in tandem or solo, and brave the twists and turns of the exciting slides. The water play splash pool is the perfect spot for your kids to explore the fun of water at a safe depth, with interactive water sprayers, tip buckets and a small double slide to keep them occupied.


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In addition to the fitness pool, Oak Park Sports and Aquatic Centre has 24-hour gym facilities, a cycle studio and a selection of group exercise classes ideal for a range of fitness levels. Tip: Get there early to save your spot!

3. Brunswick Baths

The Brunswick Baths are a paradise for Brunswick locals. Offering an extensive range of group aqua-fitness classes, the Brunswick Baths are also home to a workout room, yoga, and Pilates, with plenty of trainers on-site to help you achieve your exercise goals. Adorned with exquisite mosaic tiling, indulge in post-workout relaxation in their spa and sauna facilities – with the water at a toasty 38 degrees, you’ll never want to leave!


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All inclusive, the Brunswick Baths are LGBTIQ+ friendly, and have held events for members of the community to encourage them to spend time in a safe and welcoming space.

4. Carlton Baths

Spending a Sunday at the Carlton Baths is a summer essential for Melburnians. Kicking off at 1:00 p.m. every week, Sundays At The Baths showcases a range of incredible Melbourne musical talent, as well as providing fun poolside activities for the kids. Aside from the 25-metre heated outdoor pool, the Carlton Baths are home to incredible gym facilities loaded with high-quality exercise equipment, as well as an indoor court perfect for basketball, netball or volleyball. If all of these options tire you out, grab a hat and take a nap on their large grass area perfect for catching a tan.


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North Melbourne Recreation Centre Pool

The swimming pool at the North Melbourne Recreation Centre is a perfect place for kids to cool off in the summer heat. Their shallow water play is great for those who aren’t confident in the big outdoor pool, and with family-friendly summer sessions featuring DJs and water-based games, there are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained.

Early morning swim sessions are a breeze in the outdoor pool, with water temperatures at a pleasant 27.5 degrees. Fear no inter-lane swim tension – with eight lanes to choose from you are bound to find a stroke and speed appropriate for your level of fitness.

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