6 Of The Best Heated Swimming Pools In Melbourne
One of the most common excuses for getting out of exercise is the weather. The fact that it feels like Superman‘s Fortress of Solitude outside isn’t the most inviting thing in the world and to be honest, it’s a little hard to exercise when you’re both sweaty and frostbitten at the same time. Lucky for you, we’ve found your wintery solution – and oddly enough, it starts by taking your precious winter layers off.
You get the best of both worlds with swimming. For one, you get to completely disconnect from the world; no incessant text messages, no work phone calls and no worries under the sea (just ask Ariel). Additionally, swimming is also a pretty great cardio workout, so hitting up a heated pool in winter is a win-win situation for everyone.
With Melbourne’s plethora of baths, indoor aquatic centres and outdoor pools, you’re bound to find something to help soothe your senses and work your muscles this winter.
#1 Brunswick Baths, Brunswick
Get in a water workout on your way home from work at the Brunswick Baths. This outdoor aquatic gem is a heated 50-metre, eight lane lap pool that’s open year round and caters to both expert swimmers and doggy paddle aficionados.
If the outdoors aren’t looking so flash, settle in to the bath’s heated indoor pool for a quick splash and a refresh.
Cost: Adult $5.70, Concession $4.30
#2 Fitzroy Swimming Pool, Fitzroy
Another north-side hangout, Fitzroy Swimming Pool is summer’s hot ticket item, but come winter, this place has perfected the art of chilled out relaxation.
Alongside its crystal clear waters, the centre’s facilities include a gym, group fitness sessions, a spa, sauna and steam room. Open everyday (and most public holidays), Fitzroy Swimming Pool is where to go to earn some serious cultural cool points.
Cost: Adult $6; Concession $2.80
#3 Prahran Aquatic Centre, Prahran
Prahran Aquatic Centre‘s outdoor 50-metre pool is open year round, and delivers on heat and poolside splendour.
There’s a spa, sauna and steam room on offer if you want to get rid of all those wintery toxins, while at the same time participating in some prime people spotting right near Chapel Street.
Cost: Adult $6.20; Concession $3.90
#4 St Kilda Sea Baths
If hopping into the icey cold waters of the Bay aren’t your flavour, then hit up the temperate waters of the St Kilda Sea Baths.
With a 25-metre seawater pool and a hydrotherapy spa pool to soothe those wintery aches and pains, swimmers can take a mid-lap break and enjoy ripper views over Melbourne’s most iconic beach. Opt for a day swim to take advantage of the space’s glorious glass roof – it’s pretty spectacular.
Cost: Adults $13; Concession $9
#5 MSAC, Albert Park
Featuring six different aquatic pools, a wave pool called the FlowRider and a pretty impressive water slide, Melbourne’s Sports and Aquatic Centre is our answer to Sydney’s plethora of Olympic swimming pools.
While there are several swimming pools ripe for exploring (the open air lap pool is quite a sight on a cold wintery morning), MSAC also features some top-notch diving facilities as well. Take a punt at the springy dive board or try your luck at the professional level diving platforms – be warned though, belly-flops from that height are bound to hurt.
Cost: Adult $8.20; Concession $5.60
#6 The Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne
Possibly the coolest pool on this list, The Adelphi Hotel’s rooftop pool is the epitome of Melbourne luxury. Jutting out right over Flinders Lane, this pool features a perspex floor that allows you to see the bustling street right below your feet.
Nestled between office buildings and laneway this private outdoor haven is a little slice of heaven in the city centre, and perfect for a little pre-work casual swim. For winter 2016, they’ve disabled the heating in preparation for a pool upgrade, so watch this space.
Cost: $20 for non-hotel guests
Lead image: Prahran Aquatic Centre, Weekend Notes
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