Public Pools & Water Parks
Townsville has wide range of aquatic facilities and public pools across the region, providing plenty of opportunity to do some laps, get wet and have fun.
The Strand Water Park
The Strand Water Park is ever popular with families with kids. Kids will have a blast cooling off in the Water Park, with slides, water cannons and much more to enjoy. The Water Park is free and open 6 days a week with a lifeguard on duty.
• Children’s water park
• Junior children’s playground
• Toilets (male, female and disabled access)
• BBQ/picnic facilities
• Outdoor showers
• Parking available along The Strand promenade (including four (4) disabled parking bays)
• Open 9am – 8pm daily (1 December – 31 March)
• Open 9am – 6pm daily (1 April – 30 November)
• Closed every Tuesday for maintenance, excluding public school holidays.
The Rockpool on The Strand
The Strand Rockpool is a free stinger resistant seawater pool located on the northern end of The Strand. With easy access to a wide range of facilities, The Strand Rockpool is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or BBQ and cool off for free! The pool is gently sloped with a shallow area suitable for wheelchair access and children, which leads into a deeper pool for swimming.
Riverway Lagoons is situated on the picturesque Ross River with an upper and lower lagoon and a special toddlers area. The Riverway Lagoons cover an area in size of more than three Olympic swimming pools. The lagoons are nestled among shady raintrees, with the picturesque Ross River providing a peaceful backdrop. The surrounding well-established raintrees, together with the extensive overhangs of the Riverway Arts Centre roof and additional shade structures, provide a protected year-round safe swimming environment.
Townsville’s Public Pools
Tobruk Memorial Pool
The Tobruk Memorial Baths on The Strand have re-opened following an $11.3 million redevelopment.
The redeveloped complex included new 50-metre, learn-to-swim and toddler pools as well as an updated filtration system, new shade structures and refurbished facilities.
An additional focus of the project was to enhance access to the facilities for people with disabilities. The new 50-metre and learn-to swim pools include disability ramps and a new disability change room is the first adult change facility of its kind in the region.
For information on opening times and classes, please use the link below.
Long Tan Memorial Pool
Long Tan Memorial Pool offers a full range of aquatic opportunities and are open all year for sporting or recreational hire needs.
For futher information regarding the pools opening hours and class times, please refer to the link provided below.
Kokoda Memorial Pool
Kokoda Memorial Pool is a new family-friendly, year-round aquatic facility. Kokoda Memorial Pool is a new family-friendly, year-round aquatic facility. It is now to open to the public following a major $5 million redevelopment, funded by Council in partnership with the Queensland Government. The centre includes:
• a heated and shaded 25m program pool
• children’s aquatic playground
• public amenities.
The pool offers a mix of recreational activities, learn to swim classes, lap swimming and warm water aerobic activities.
A walk-in entry ramp provides easy access for all ages. Leisure pools and shaded BBQ areas provide year-round fun for the whole family.
For further information regarding the pool’s opening hours and class times, please refer to the link provided below.
Northern Beaches Leisure Centre
The $5 million renewal works on the Northern Beaches Leisure Centre are well underway. Council is replacing the existing 50m pool, which was constructed in 2008 and is nearing the end of its useful life. The new concrete pool has been designed to meet regional competition standards to be able to host local, regional and state swimming titles, supporting the next generation of local swimming talent and creating economic opportunities for the Townsville region.
The project has recently received additional funding and will now include an extensive shade feature spanning the entire length of the new tiled concrete 50m pool. Additional shade trees will also be planted to complement the repositioned umbrellas. These additions provide much-needed shade options for the community to enjoy for many years to come. Due to the expanded scope of works, the updated leisure centre is now set to reopen by late January 2023. The renewal works include:
• replacing the existing 50m pool with a tiled, concrete pool built to regional competition standards
• installing a new backwash tank
• replacing the surrounding concourse
• replacing fitments including dive blocks, handrails and ladders.
While construction is underway, Council will also undertake maintenance of the surrounding pool facilities including:
• installing a new shade feature running the length of the new 50m pool
• planting additional shade trees
• replacing the existing chlorine tank
• resealing the floor surface
• updating changeroom facilities