From heritage-listed pools to crystal-clear beaches in the middle of the city, Visit Brisbane has rounded up some of the top pools and water havens. So dive in, have a float or roll up your trousers and stick your legs in.
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.
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. It is an amazing space enclosed by charming vintage change rooms with multi-coloured doors. Keep an eye out as this indoor pool offers classes and the occasional movie screening where you can float and watch or take to the grandstands. Prefer diving boards and open skies? Centenary Pool offers a diving pool, an Olympic sized pool and kiddie wading pool in addition to a suite of classes from swim fit, stroke development to water play.
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.
Musgrave Park Swimming Pool is one of Brisbane's pristine outdoor public pools. This pool offers something a little different – in 2015 a local Highgate Hill artist, Adam Lester, was invited to paint murals on the bottom and walls of the pool. When swimmers glide past into the blue depths they will discover marine life and beautiful patterns decorating the bottom of the pool, making laps far more bearable.
Newmarket Pool is more a water activity facility as it includes a 50m pool, 25m pool, indoor heated learn to swim pool, indoor heated hyrdro pool as well as kids play pools and a giant water slide. There is plenty to do here to entertain all the family, so bring a picnic and cook up a storm on the barbecues supplied.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more swimming pools around Brisbane check out the Brisbane City Council's pool guide here.