Streets Beach

Brisbane pools and places to keep cool

From heritage-listed pools to crystal-clear beaches in the middle of the city, VisitBrisbane has rounded up some of the top pools and water havens. Did we mention most of these spots are free?

South Bank

Streets Beach, Australia's only beach in the middle of a city, is the perfect spot to cool off. Take a dip in the lagoon or escape the summer heat under one of the many palm trees. Take a break from the water and head over to Cafe Lagoonas to enjoy some Streets ice-cream.

The City

Beat the heat and enjoy a little bit of history at the Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane’s first in-ground pool and the southern hemisphere's oldest surviving public baths. If a state-of-the-art pool is more your thing, check out the new one at Healthstream QUT Gardens Point. 

Brisbane's Bayside

Enjoy the cool bay breezes at Wynnum’s Water Park and Playground, a great spot for families. With plenty of trees and cafes, grown-ups can relax as the kids are entertained by a pirate-themed playground and a pod of rubber whales spraying jets of water. The nearby Wynnum Wading Pool, built during the 1930s Depression, is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. Escape the heat and enjoy the cool salty water, then finish the day with an ice-cream and fish and chips on the jetty. 

Fortitude Valley

Behind the heritage-listed brick facade of the municipal baths is a 50m oasis from the hustle and bustle of Fortitude Valley – the Valley Pool. After you dry off, walk across to road to James Street and order a deliciously chilled smoothie from Quench. If all the exercising has left you feeling a tad peckish, choose from a huge range of restaurants. 

Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island is the ultimate summer hot spot. Boardriders and bodysurfers will love Main Beach, which stretches for 32km of unspoilt sand, dunes and surf. Further inland, you will find the popular Brown Lake, named after its clear "tea" colour, which comes from the surrounding trees and reeds. 

Moreton Island

Just off Brisbane’s shore is the third-largest sand island in the world, home to crystal-clear lakes, a lagoon and pristine beaches. Tangalooma is the ultimate place to cool off. Hire some snorkels and enjoy exploring the island's mysterious wrecks and colourful coral reefs. 

Redcliffe

Sutton’s Beach at Redcliffe is a local treasure with playgrounds for children, barbecue facilities and plenty of shade. Nearby you will find Settlement Cove, a water wonderland perfect for families keen for a barbecue by the bay. Kids will love this free water attraction, which features a playground, water jets and play equipment as well as a wading pool and swimming area. The beaches of Redcliffe are always a good spot for a dip too.