Slap on your sunscreen, grab the goggles and fetch those floaties because Brisbane City Council is offering swim sessions for just $2 this summer! 

That’s right, entry to Brisbane City Council run pools is just $2 per person as part of their Summer Dips initiative from 1 December 2023 to 29 February 2024. 

That’s an entire summer of splish splashing and water fun for just a gold coin. Or a quick phone tap of chump change. (Kids under the age of two swim for free, as do carers accompanying people with disabilities.)

The coolest part about this (apart from the crystal clear waters of the pools themselves) is that some of the BCC pools are pretty darn impressive. We’re talking olympic-sized pools, kids pools, water slides, water play areas, barbecues, playgrounds and more. 

Newmarket Pool, kid lying on the ground under a massive bucket pouring out water and fountains
Kids play areas galore at Newmarket Pool.

Newmarket Pool

We may not be swimming champs like Susie O’Neill, but we’re all about making a splash and soaking up the summer vibes at Newmarket’s Olympic-size swimming pool. Picture this: a massive 50-meter lap pool for the serious swimmers, and right next door, a lively kids’ wade pool decked out with water features and mini waterslides—perfect for exciting summer escapades with the family. Need more? How about heated pool activities complete with a convenient ramp for easy access and spacious grounds to set up your own little summer oasis. Rain or shine, Newmarket Pool has got your family covered for a season of aquatic fun! 

Retro colourful changerooms surrounding a lap pool at Spring Hill Baths.
Retro charm at Spring Hill Baths.

Spring Hill Baths  

Take a trip to yesteryear at Spring Hill Baths, oldest surviving swimming baths in the southern hemisphere. Featuring colourful retro design nestled in a quiet street of Spring Hill cottages, this heritage listed pool is unlike any other in Brisbane. The whole atmosphere has old world charm and features grandstand seating alongside true classic changing rooms. Ideal for a vintage style swim or even a cute as pie photoshoot. 

50m pool with swimming lanes.
Get your dive on at Centenary.

Centenary Aquatic Centre

Centenary Aquatic Centre and Health Club is one of Brisbane’s largest aquatic centres. The centre is home to a 50m pool, kids pool and pool deck café, a heated rehab pool and an operational diving platform.  At Centenary, you can participate in swimming lessons, swim squads, casual swimming or aqua aerobics – the choice is yours.

Rainbow over the top of a pool in the afternoon.
Fortitude Valley Pool has city views.

Fortitude Valley Pool

This celebrated Wickham Street institution caters for both serious and leisurely swimmers. Built in 1926, the 50-metre heated pool is these days complemented by a gym, heaps of sun lounges and a grandstand, and it offers swimming lessons for those looking to work on their stroke. The pool recently acquired a liquor licence and serves beers, wine and cocktails in The Valley Pool Bar daily from 10am to pool close.

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