Although we love the beach, there are times when it’s better to stay cool in a swimming pool. And luckily for us, Melbourne is full of swimming pools that’s perfect for any mood. You’ll find bustling public pools, sleek hotel spots complete with views and cocktails, historic gems and, if you really miss the beach, pools that are filled with seawater. Escape the heat in the crystal-clear waters of these refreshing swimming pools around Melbourne.
1. Melbourne City Baths
You’ll find the largest swimming pool in the CBD at Melbourne City Baths. This historic site first opened in 1860, and offered a cleaner alternative to bathing in the Yarra River. You can visit for a casual swim, sign up to be a member, or take part in swimming lessons for all ages. On top of the indoor pool, it has a spa, sauna, gym and fitness studio. See more here.
📍420 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
2. W Melbourne
Journey up to the WET pool at W Melbourne, and take a dip in the luxurious space while admiring city views. The pool is open 24 hours for hotel guests, but you can also purchase a day pass for a midweek swim. Pop by for their special Sunday Sessions for cocktails and DJs. More details here.
📍408 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
3. Le Méridien
Head up to Level 7 of Le Méridien Melbourne for Le Splash, a dreamy pool deck and bar. Soak up the sun on a plush poolside lounge, while enjoying excellent views, refreshing cocktails and tasty bites. Then, dip into the heated pool for a lazy swim. Learn more here.
📍20 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
4. Adelphi Hotel
Adelphi Hotel has a glass bottom pool that hangs from the building. This heated pool hovers nine storeys above the bustling Flinders Lane below. Open for hotel guests only, you can order drinks and bites from the cocktail bar Om Nom to enjoy up on the deck. More info here.
📍187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
The Mövenpick hotel on Spencer Street has a covered outdoor heated lap pool, complete with a hot tub. Open from 6am to 10pm, this pool is particularly enchanting in the evening, when it glows with neon lights. After a dip, relax on a chaise lounge or rinse off under a thermostatic shower. See more here.
📍160 Spencer St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Staying in the luxurious Ritz-Carlton? Don’t miss their tranquil infinity pool on Level 64. Open for 24 hours, this pool offers unforgettable views of Melbourne and beyond. While you’re there, pop into The Ritz-Carlton Spa for the steam room, sauna and vitality pools. Find out more.
📍650 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
7. Marriott Hotel Docklands
The Marriott Hotel in Docklands is home to an absolutely stunning rooftop infinity pool. Wade through this 28m, wet-edge oasis and take in views of Port Phillip Bay and the surrounding areas. There is a bar offering up plenty of botanical cocktails, sunken loungers and a therapeutic sauna. If you’re not staying at the hotel, that’s ok! Members of the public can grab a day pass, and enjoy a four hour session from Mondays to Thursdays. Find out more.
📍15 Waterfront Way, Docklands VIC 3008
8. Carlton Baths
Visit the outdoor pools at Carlton Baths from October to April for a bit of fun in the sun. The 25m outdoor pool is open to the public, and great for cooling off in the summer and recreational swimming. There’s also a heated outdoor toddler pool, with an aqua playground, jets and a slide. Learn more here.
📍216/248 Rathdowne St, Carlton VIC 3053
9. Brunswick Baths
Past the vintage façade of Brunswick Baths, you’ll find a whole range of facilities for swimming and fitness. Outdoors, you’ll find a 50m heated pool with eight lanes and a splashpad for the kids. Inside, you’ll find a 20m heated pool with five lanes, and a waterplay pool. There’s also a spa, sauna and steam room, along with a gym, wellness studio, group fitness room and more. See more here.
📍14 Dawson St, Brunswick VIC 3056
10. Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC)
Go for a swim at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Albert Park. You’ll find facilities suitable for every level of swimmer, from toddlers to adult competitors. There’s 10-lane, 50m competition pools, both indoor and outdoor, as well as 25m indoor pool, multi-purpose pool, diving pool, indoor wave pool and toddler pool. Check out the hydrotherapy pool for recovery, and wind down in the spa, sauna and steam room. See more here.
📍30 Aughtie Dr, Albert Park VIC 3206
11. Fitzroy Swimming Pool
Fitzroy Swimming Pool first opened in 1908, and is a popular place to be on a hot summer’s day. Go for laps along this 50-metre outdoor heated pool. The little ones can also have fun in the special toddler pool, which closes for the winter months. When you’re not swimming, hit the gym or relax in the spa, sauna and steam room. See more here.
📍160 Alexandra Parade, Fitzroy VIC 3065
There’s plenty of swimming options at the new Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre. Inside, you’ll find an indoor heated pool with eight 25-metre lanes, as well as a learn-to-swim pool, a warm water pool with integrated spa, an aquatic play area with water slides, and steam/sauna facilities. Head outdoors and check out the heated pool, with ten lanes that are 50 metres long. The venue also has an 800 square metre fitness centre and multi-purpose spaces for group fitness and reformer Pilates. Find out more.
📍180 Victoria Rd, Northcote VIC 3070
13. St Kilda Sea Baths
Looking for something a little different? Go swimming in seawater at St Kilda Sea Baths. The water in the 25-metre seawater pool is heated to a soothing temperature, and is great for restoring energy and relieving muscle soreness. Go for a swim and take part in a water aerobics class, float in the hydrotherapy spa and unwind in the aromatherapy steam room and lounge area. Find out more.
📍10/18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda VIC 3182
14. Richmond Recreation Centre
According to the City of Yarra, Richmond Recreation Centre is home to Melbourne’s oldest indoor 50m pool. There’s also a toddler pool for the little ones, gyms, a spin studio, spa, sauna and steam room. Learn more here.
📍11-15 Gleadell St, Richmond VIC 3121
15. Collingwood Leisure Centre
Near the corner of Hoddle Street, you’ll find Collingwood Leisure Centre. Build up your skills in the heated Learn to Swim Pool, or splash around in the 25m heated indoor pool. There’s also a spa, sauna, gym, group exercise studio and spin studio. More details here.
📍 2-28 Turnbull St, Clifton Hill VIC 3068
16. Prahran Aquatic Centre
The fabulous Prahran Aquatic Centre has a heated outdoor pool. This 50m pool has eight lanes, perfect for recreational swims and competitive laps. Casual entry for adults is $7.60. Learn more here.
📍41 Essex St, Prahran VIC 3181
17. Harold Holt Swim Centre
Named in honour of a prime minister who famously disappeared while swimming at sea, the Harold Holt Swim Centre has five different pools for you to choose from. Do laps in the 50m outdoor pool or 25m indoor pool, jump into the dive pool, check out the hydrotherapy pool or have fun with the leisure pool and splash park. You’ll also find a spa, sauna and gym. More info here.
📍1409-1413 High St, Glen Iris VIC 3146
18. Oak Park Sports and Aquatic Centre
The whole family will have plenty of fun at Oak Park Sports and Aquatic Centre. Zoom down the two giant waterslides and have a blast in the kids water play splash pool. There’s also a 20m heated learner’s pool, and a 50m heated outdoor pool with seven lanes. These outdoor pools are open during the summer. There’s also a gym, cycle studio and group fitness studio. See more here.
📍 563a Pascoe Vale Rd, Pascoe Vale VIC 3044
19. Brighton Baths
Welcoming swimmers since 1881, the historic Brighton Baths has an enclosed, outdoor saltwater swimming facility. Open for members and casual visitors, this picturesque place has Olympic-size sea baths, a private beach and boardwalk. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea, visit for aquatic therapy and recovery, or practice with a few swimming laps. See more here.
📍251 Esplanade, Brighton VIC 3186
Urbnsurf is a place for you to learn how to surf, without the hazards of the ocean. And while surfing is the main focus, you can also visit for a swim! There’s a 2-hectare lagoon with crystal clear blue water and gentle rolling waves. This lagoon is suitable for swimmers over the age of six. When you’re not swimming or surfing, relax in a hot tub, lounge on a day bed or grab a bite from the Three Blue Ducks. Learn more here.
📍309 Melrose Dr, Tullamarine VIC 3045