Melting faster than the ice in your drink? Here are the best pools in town for cooling off after work and for weekend fun this summer and beyond.
Going swimmingly in the city …
Newsflash! The Adelphi Hotel’s famous cantilevered, glass-bottomed pool peeping over Flinders Lane is back and better than ever following a stylish rooftop renovation. They’re celebrating with Four Pillars Fridays, 5-9pm from 19 January to 30 March. Hero tipples are by local distillery Four Pillars Gin, and there are deluxe barbecue bites from Om Nom Kitchen downstairs. Get in early to make a splash, as entry is free and there’s only space for 60. It’s open to the public at other times too, for $35 inclusive of towel hire.
The handsome heritage Melbourne City Baths have been keeping folks cool – and fit – for more than a century. City workers take note: it’s open in the evenings on weekdays, and the 30-metre indoor pool is the largest in the CBD. Swim laps or just splish-splash with friends and family, then refuel at Poolhouse Coffee. Fancy something even more rewarding? Try cocktails on the verandah at nearby Loch & Key.
… and the inner suburbs
Dive into Carlton Baths’ outdoor pool, which is gently heated so there’s no fear of that cold-water shock on hot days. Got kids? Little ones can play in the new toddler pools, while tweens and teens will be all over the Giant Inflatable. It’s a highlight of Sunday at the Baths, summer’s weekly water-loving parties with live music and kids activities.
North Melbourne Recreation Centre is also hosting some epic pool parties this summer, complete with barbecues and movie screenings. Break out the green and gold bathers for the Australia Day Eve Pool Party, and create costumes from a galaxy far, far away for Star Wars night. On Valentine’s Day, Love is in the Air!
If you’re in the Kensington hood, there’s a pool for you too. Kensington Community Recreation Centre has three of ‘em: a 25-metre indoor lap pool, toddler pool and learn-to-swim pool.