Gold Coast’s Best Public Swimming Pools

Water, glorious water!

Whether you’re into laps and working on your stroke, want a quick dip or need to entertain the kids on a hot day (or rainy day), an Aquatic Centre is a sure fire way to get fit, cool down and have some fun. The Gold Coast offers both indoor and outdoor swimming pool options. For the pool-less backyard peeps out there (or for those in need of a 50 metre lap pool!), one of the Gold Coast’s Aquatic Centres is the way to go. All the enjoyment without having to top up salt and chlorine every week and no scooping out leaves! A big shout out to the Gold Coast City Council- the guys who bring us the Aquatic Centres! General admission fees are affordable and they also offer pool passes for the die-hard Aquatic Centre junkies out there.  All Aquatic Centres are operated by onsite managers and have qualified staff on duty. They have lifeguards, kiosk facilities and chair lift access into at least one pool at each location. Here are what we think are the Top 3 best pools and aquatic centres on the Gold Coast.

1. Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Southport


Built for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and conveniently located in the Broadwater Parklands precinct, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre has all the bells and whistles of a world-class swimming facility, including indoor and outdoor pools. Boasting six pools, including a 50 metre, 10 lane competition pool, dry land dive training facility, fitness centre, onsite café, gym/squash facilities, dive boards and a host of programs and classes on offer (everything from learn to swim classes to deep water running!), look no further for all of your aquatic needs.

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2. Palm Beach Aquatic Centre


Palm Beach Aquatic Centre meets the mark with an array of facilities and programs available to the community. The main pool is features a constant 2-meter depth and is a 10 lane, 50 metre heated area of watery goodness! Allowing for multiple pool configurations and suitable for underwater hockey and water polo, you really can’t complain about the versatility of this venue. Palm Beach Aquatic Centre has spectator seating and many shaded areas as well as an 18 metre heated indoor pool and an indoor heated hydrotherapy pool, gymnasium and squash courts. For those with kidlets, you have the option of using the friendly child minding service or simply tire them out in the children’s play area.

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3. Miami Aquatic Centre


Options for getting wet are aplenty at Miami Aquatic Centre. You can dive into one of the two main 50 metre heated pools (8 lanes and 10 lanes) or work on your stroke, doggy paddle or simply float or frolic in the 15 metre, 2 lane indoor teaching pool. With numerous shaded areas, tennis courts and a heated and shaded children’s play area, come in and experience why Miami is one of the best Aquatic Centres on the Gold Coast.

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