Melbourne's Warmest Pools
Freshwater Swimming Holes in Australia

 
Where is Melbourne'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 Melbourne.
Melbourne's Warmest Public Pool:
The winner of the title of warmest public pool in Melbourne goes to...(drumroll please)... the hydrotherapy pool at Melton Waves, which is maintained at a toasty 36 degrees. The pool is so hot because it is connected to the adjacent spa pool, which is also included in the entry price. The hydrotherapy pool is roughly 10 m long and up to 5 m wide, which is about the size of a backyard pool. You can only do a few swimming strokes at a time, but it is big enough to move around in. There is a rail on two sides that you can use to do some stretching. There are some limitations on the use of this pool because it is so hot: you can only use it for a maximum of 15 minutes at a time and you cannot use this pool if you are under 18, pregnant, have a heart condition or have been drinking. You also cannot put your head under the water. There is a hoist and ramp available for the elderly and disabled.

The majority of the warmest pools below are hydrotherapy or "warm water" pools, which are usually operated at an elevated temperature compared to lap swimming pools. This makes them a very attractive swimming/bathing/defrosting option for very cold days, either in their own right, or before/after lap swimming. I have only included pools in which you can actually swim (as opposed to just bathing) and that are designated for active recreation by the venue. This excludes spas and toddler pools.
Indoor Pool VenueTemperature of Warmest Pool at Venue
Melton Waves36C   /  97F
Dandenong Oasis35.5C   /  96F
Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre35.5C   /  96F
Croydon Aquahub35C   /  95F
Watermarc (Greensborough)35C   /  95F
Casey Race (Cranbourne East)34.7C   /  94F
Knox Leisureworks (Boronia)34.5C   /  94F
Ashburton Pool and Leisure Centre34C   /  93F
Bayfit (Altona North)34C   /  93F
Box Hill Aqualink34C   /  93F
GESAC (Bentleigh East)34C   /  93F
Harold Holt (Glen Iris)34C   /  93F
Hawthorn Aquatic (Glenferrie)34C   /  93F
Monash Aquatic (Glen Waverley)34C   /  93F
MSAC (Albert Park)34C   /  93F
PARC (Frankston)34C   /  93F
TRAC (Thomastown)34C   /  93F
Aquanation (Ringwood)33.5C   /  92F
Kilsyth Centenary Pool33C   /  91F
Monbulk Aquatic Centre33C   /  91F
Reservoir Leisure Centre33C   /  91F
Aqualink Nunawading32.5C   /  91F
Ascot Vale Leisure Centre32.5C   /  91F
Aquarena Doncaster32C   /  90F
Brunswick Baths32C   /  90F
Kensington Community Rec. Centre32C   /  90F
Klim Swim (Richmond)32C   /  90F
Northcote Aquatic and Rec. Centre32C   /  90F
NPAC (Noble Park)32C   /  90F
St. Albans Leisure Centre32C   /  90F
Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre32C   /  90F
East Keilor Leisure Centre31.5C   /  89F
Epping Leisure City31.5C   /  89F
Windy Hill Fitness Centre (Essendon)31.5C   /  89F
Clayton Aquatics and Health Club31C   /  88F
Kew Recreation Centre31C   /  88F
Sunshine Leisure Centre31C   /  88F
Melbourne City Baths30C   /  86F
Mill Park Leisure Centre30C   /  86F
Eltham Leisure Centre29.5C   /  85F
Fawkner Leisure Centre29C   /  84F
Collingwood Leisure Centre28C   /  82F
Richmond Recreation Centre28C   /  82F
Melbourne's Warmest Lap Pool:
The warmest public lap pools in Melbourne sit at a warm 32 degrees and is an honour shared by the Brunswick Baths, Klim Swim in Richmond, the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre, St. Albans Leisure Centre and the Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre. To qualify as a lap pool, it needed to have a minimum length of 25 metres or, if it was the longest pool at the venue (and hence designated for lap swimming), a minimum length of 20 metres.
Indoor Pool VenueTemperature of Warmest Lap Pool at Venue
Brunswick Baths32C   /  90F
Klim Swim (Richmond)32C   /  90F
Northcote Aquatic and Rec. Centre32C   /  90F
St. Albans Leisure Centre32C   /  90F
Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre32C   /  90F
East Keilor Leisure Centre31.5C   /  89F
Epping Leisure City31.5C   /  89F
Windy Hill Fitness Centre (Essendon)31.5C   /  89F
Harold Holt (Glen Iris)31.3C   /  88F
Aquarena Doncaster31C   /  88F
Clayton Aquatics and Health Club31C   /  88F
Kew Recreation Centre31C   /  88F
Monash Aquatic (Glen Waverley)31C   /  88F
Sunshine Leisure Centre31C   /  88F
Reservoir Leisure Centre30.7C   /  87F
Ashburton Pool and Leisure Centre30.5C   /  87F
Croydon Aquahub30C   /  86F
GESAC (Bentleigh East)30C   /  86F
Kensington Community Rec. Centre30C   /  86F
Kilsyth Centenary Pool30C   /  86F
Melbourne City Baths30C   /  86F
Melton Waves30C   /  86F
Mill Park Leisure Centre30C   /  86F
Aqualink Nunawading29.5C   /  85F
Ascot Vale Leisure Centre29.5C   /  85F
Box Hill Aqualink29.5C   /  85F
Eltham Leisure Centre29.5C   /  85F
Knox Leisureworks (Boronia)29.5C   /  85F
Casey Race (Cranbourne East)29.4C   /  85F
Fawkner Leisure Centre29C   /  84F
Monbulk Aquatic Centre29C   /  84F
MSAC (Albert Park)29C   /  84F
Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre28.5C   /  83F
NPAC (Noble Park)28.1C   /  83F
Collingwood Leisure Centre28C   /  82F
Dandenong Oasis28C   /  82F
PARC (Frankston)28C   /  82F
Richmond Recreation Centre28C   /  82F
Bayfit (Altona North)27C   /  81F
Hawthorn Aquatic (Glenferrie)27C   /  81F
TRAC (Thomastown)27C   /  81F
Watermarc (Greensborough)27C   /  81F
Aquanation (Ringwood)26.5C   /  80F

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 Port Phillip Bay ranges from 11 degrees in winter to 22 degrees in summer. Your internal body temperature is around 37 degrees. Peninsula Hot Springs operates at water temperatures from 36-43 degrees, with most hot spas in public pools also being 36 degrees or above.
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