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Canberra's Warmest Pools
Canberra, ACT


 
Where is Canberra's warmest pool for swimming? What is the warmest pool near you? Below is a list of the warmest pool available at each public indoor swimming venue in Canberra that I prepared for those times when it is too cold to swim in the outdoors.
Canberra's Warmest Public Pool:
The winner of the title of warmest public pool in Canberra goes to...(drumroll please)... the Aquatots pools at Forde and Gold Creek, which are maintained at a cosy 33 degrees. The water temperature is higher here to stop the kiddies shivering for swimming lessons. Public entry is limited to times when swimming lessons are not taking place, so check the Aquatots website to make sure that there are lanes available for your swim before you go. In the list below I have only included pools in which you can actually swim (as opposed to just bathing). This excludes spas, toddler pools and shallow leisure pools.
Indoor Pool VenueTemperature of Warmest Pool at Venue
Forde Aquatots33C   /  91F
Gold Creek Country Club Aquatots33C   /  91F
Club Blue (Part of CISAC) (Bruce) 32C   /  90F
Lakeside Leisure Centre (Greenway)32C   /  90F
Gunghalin Leisure Centre31C   /  88F
Active Leisure Centre (Wanniassa)30C   /  86F
AIS (Bruce)30C   /  86F
Club Googong29C   /  84F
Canberra Olympic Pool (Canberra City)28C   /  82F
Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre28C   /  82F
There are a few dedicated warm water hydrotherapy pools dotted around Canberra, but they are either not accessible to the general public (e.g. the pool at the Australian Institute of Sport) or a bit small for a swim, so I haven't included them in the lists on this website. Club MMM, which is a day spa in the same building at CISAC in Belconnen, has a 10 m long hydrotherapy pool. Hughes Hydro in Hughes also has a hydrotherapy pool.
Canberra's Warmest Lap Pool:
Both of the above two warmest pools are also the warmest lap pools in Canberra. However they are only 20 m in length, so if you want to do lap swimming in a 25 metre or 50 metre pool, the warmest lap pool available is the 25 metre pool at Club Blue (part of the Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre) in Bruce, which sits at around 32 degrees. There are a few swimming pools in hotels around Canberra that have public access, but these appear to all be shorter than 20 metres in length and casual visits from non-hotel guests did not seem to be actively encouraged. For these reasons I have not included these hotel pools in the list below.
Indoor Pool VenueTemperature of Warmest Lap Pool at Venue
Forde Aquatots*33C   /  91F
Gold Creek Country Club*33C   /  91F
Club Blue (Part of CISAC) (Bruce) 32C   /  90F
Gunghalin Leisure Centre31C   /  88F
Active Leisure Centre (Wanniassa)30C   /  86F
AIS (Bruce)30C   /  86F
Club Googong29C   /  84F
Canberra Olympic Pool (Canberra City)28C   /  82F
Lakeside Leisure Centre (Greenway)28C   /  82F
Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre28C   /  82F
    *Only 20 metre pools

If you are planning to visit these pools, beware of clashes with classes, particularly after school swimming lessons. Some hydrotherapy pools are also booked by health care providers. If you are not sure when a pool is free, check out the pool timetables on the venue's website or ring ahead to save yourself the disappointment. Many of these pools also have ramps and hoists for the elderly or disabled.

To put the temperatures below in context, the water in San Francisco Bay (considered too cold for potential escapees from Alcatraz to swim in) is 12-16 degrees and the water in Lake Burley Griffin ranges from 8 degrees in winter to 24 degrees in summer. Your internal body temperature is around 37 degrees. Most hot spas in public pools are 36 degrees or above.
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