The Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) hosted the swimming, water polo, diving and synchronised swimming events in the
2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2007 World Swimming Championships. Go for a swim in the same water that the Thorpedo sliced
through and maybe even clock your own times for reference against the world’s greatest under comparable conditions.
There are several pools in the complex including two Olympic sized pools (one indoor and one outdoor), a 25 m pool
and a wave pool for kids. A FlowRider to practise your surfing has also recently been added.
Above: The main pool, which can be extended to 75 metres for endurance lap swimming
Beware of clashes with local sporting events, which can relegate lap swimmers to the diving pool. A timetable of
lane availability is on display in the entrance foyer or ring ahead to check. There are special nights for the local lap
swimming club, which also hosts 75 m lap swimming nights, when the pool is extended by 25 m to test your endurance.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Aughtie Drive, Albert Park, 4 km south of the Melbourne CBD
Getting there: Take Tram 96 from Bourke St (alight at Wright St) or Tram 112 from Collins St.
Car parking and bike racks are available.
Facilities: Heated indoor Olympic pool, Olympic diving pool, hydrotherapy pool, leisure pool, wave pool,
water slide, heated outdoor Olympic pool, toilets, showers
Entrance fee: Prices similar to other public pools. Reduced rates at off-peak times
Water temperature: Warm
Water clarity: Clear
Under foot: Tiles, concrete
Maximum water depth: Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required: Beginners
Prohibitions: Normal pool rules apply
Sun shade: Shade in and out of the water
Opening times: Times vary by day, season and section of the pool
Wheelchair access: Fully accessible
Managing authority: State Sport Centres Trust
Nearby attractions: Albert Park Lake, golf driving range, badminton, basketball, squash, table tennis
The marker indicates the approximate location of the MSAC entrance.
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I'm particularly interested in your experiences after visiting, and any changes in conditions.
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