You've already heard about our 100 beaches but we've also got a variety of pools and aquatic centres as a fun change to a day on the sand.
You've already heard about our 100 beaches but we've also got a variety of pools and aquatic centres as a fun change to a day on the sand. At our aquatic centres, you can enjoy casual and friendly gym classes, accessible facilities, water slides for the kids or sit back with a coffee in between dips. Or if you'd rather be swimming out in the open, then head to our picturesque inland village and stunning sea pools. Visit Shoalhaven Swim and Fitness for more detailed information about each location.
1. Nowra Aquatic Park
Operating all year round, Nowra Aquatic Park is excellent for families and situated in in a lovely spot right by the Shoalhaven River. In this newly refurbished centre, there's a splash play park with a mini slide plus two other water slides - The Vortex and The Rampage. For those who are looking to do laps, there's also a 50m outdoor heated pool where you can keep up your fitness. The centre also has an excellent accessible toilets and change room facilities that ensure everyone in the family can have some fun aqua time at the pools. Hot tip! before you take a dip, go for a stroll at Bens Walk, a gorgeous riverside walk that takes you through sandstone grottos, over a suspension bridge and stepping stones with amazing views at Hanging Rock. The nearby Shoalhaven Zoo and Trees Adventure are both great fun for kids and adults alike. You'll have probably worked up an appetite after your swim, so grab a bite at The Dish and the Spoon Cafe, a fantastic kid friendly venue with an exciting playroom served up alongside delicious coffees and creative wholefoods.
Visit Nowra Aquatic Park.
2. Bomaderry Aquatic Centre
With its outdoor seating, picnic tables and barbecues, Bomaderry Aquatic Centre is a great place to take the family for a day of fun in the water. For the little ones, there's a heated toddler pool in addition to an indoor 25m pool and an outdoor 50m pool. Pack a little picnic and set up on the lawn, or better yet, visit the on-site cafe that will provide a yummy coffee hit and tonnes of treats. Hot tip! Did you know the city train line can take you from Sydney all the way to Bomaderry? Making it a super easy destination for Sydney-siders looking for a little getaway. Another way to cool off in some water is by venturing along the Bomaderry Creek Walk. Trekking through freshwater creeks provides perfect relief on a hot summer's day. There's also the very special option of taking part in an Aboriginal guided tour of the area with the NPWS Discovery Program.
Visit Bomaderry Aquatic Centre.
3. Shoalhaven Heads Village Pool
Swim into summer at the lovely Shoalhaven Heads Village Pool, open from November to March. Nestled amongst lush, green grass and shady gum trees, this small pool provides a refreshingly quaint retreat for locals and visitors during the warmer months. There's a main 25m lap pool plus a shaded toddler pool as well. Guests can laze about on the grass and look up at all the locally produced murals that bring fun and colour to the pool's surrounds. Hot tip! Make your way to the Heads Hotel after your swim. This waterfront pub has excellent food and a huge outdoor dining area, with water views and chilled coastal vibes aplenty.
4. Berry Village Pool
Tucked away inside the Berry Showground Pavilion is the cute and retro Berry Village Pool. The 20 metre outdoor pool lies alongside the shaded toddler pool making it a great swim spot for the entire family. The nearby kiosk, with its cold drinks and ice creams, makes cooling down here even easier. There are beautiful shady areas that surround the pool and it absolutely comes alive during local events such as Fairgrounds Festival and local shows. Open from November to March, it's in the perfect spot to explore the heritage town and shopping mecca of Berry. Hot tip! All that swimming making you hungry? You can do a self-guided walk of Berry's historic buildings whilst stopping in at great cafes like the Berry Tea Shop and Flavours Shoalhaven. Nibble on some delicious food and stock up on local yummies to take home with you. The world famous Berry Donut Van is also just a short stroll away for a freshly cooked sweet treat. Hey, you do deserve it after all those laps!
Visit Berry Village Pool.
5. Kangaroo Valley Pool
This 25m outdoor pool boasts stunning views of Kangaroo Valley. The green, rolling hills and chilled country vibes make Kangaroo Valley Pool a great place to cool off during the summer months. Open from November to March, the pool is set inside the showground near the centre of town and just a stone's throw from excellent cafes. Coming here with the kiddies is a breeze too as there's a shaded toddler pool to keep them happy for hours. Grab lunch from the kiosk or venture into town. Hot tip! Decide for yourself the best pies in this cute country town with three epic pie shops to choose from. Enjoy a stroll through this cute, country village surrounded by rolling hills and farmland, reputedly one of only seven enclosed valleys in the world. You can’t go past a selfie with the famous Hampden Bridge - Australia’s longest suspension bridge.
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6. Greenwell Point Pool
Idyllically nestled near the wharf, Greenwell Point Pool is in a great location for anyone who wants to fish and swim. The pool is open during the warmer months from November to May and hosts a 25m outdoor and toddler pool. There's lots of grass where you can lay down your towel, or perch up at one of the picnic tables to enjoy some food to fuel all that swimming. Hot tip! Watch out for all the action down by the wharf, including the hungry pelicans trying their luck while you munch on NSW's best fish and chips from Pelican Rocks. Afterwards, swing by the oyster leases where you can buy some provisions direct from Jim Wild, the world's fastest oyster shucker back in the 80s! Pair these with some local Semillon for a gourmet afternoon delight.
Visit Greenwell Point Pool.
7. Huskisson Sea Pool
Take a dip in Jervis Bay's stunning seas without having to worry about the waves. Huskisson Sea Pool is a great alternative to a salty, beach swim and boasts amazing views over Myola Spit and the bay's sparkling white sands. There's no entry fee here, the pool is open from November to March and there's also a kids playground next door at Voyager Park. The surrounding grassy areas are a great place to start off the day with some morning yoga or pilates before taking a dip to cool off and refresh. Double check the website before you visit though as the pool is closed for cleaning on Thursdays. Hot tip! Bring the bikes and enjoy the Round The Bay Walk, a fully accessible pathway that takes you through the white sand beaches of Huskisson and Vincentia. Stop to enjoy a coffee, a bite to eat and the breathtaking views. Feeling more adventurous? Go on a dolphin or whale watching cruise through the beautiful Marine Park of Jervis Bay, you just might catch the humpback migration in November.
Visit Huskisson Sea Pool.
8. Bay & Basin Leisure Centre
Don't let it rain on your parade during your stay! You can get tonnes of fun aqua action and use the fully equipped gym over at Bay & Basin Leisure Centre. This indoor pool is an excellent rainy day rescue option. The kids will love the toddler pool, water slide and splash activities. And calling all parents - want to keep up your fitness during your holiday? There's also an on-site creche that will keep the kiddies entertained whilst you swim laps or take part in the casual gym classes. The pool's cafe has great coffee and treats for when you need to take a break and stock up on some extra energy. We also love that this centre is accessible, with a hoist for any guests that have mobility issues. Hot tip! Nestled in Vincentia, there's boutique shopping nearby at Vincentia Marketplace or Vincentia shopping village. You can also try a local friendly yoga studio, get a massage, or grab some great provisions at Vincentia Butchery who will spoil you with a charcuterie plate or meal box to throw on the bbq for dinner.
VIsit Bay & Basin Leisure Centre.
9. Sussex Inlet Aquatic Centre
Another nearby spot that the kids will love is Sussex Inlet Aquatic Centre, tucked away inside a sports precinct with tennis courts nearby. The outdoor lawn play area is great for families and the inflatable obstacle ride is always a hit with the little ones. Hot tip! Did you know this is the home town of iconic surf brand Ocean and Earth? Visit the nearby outlet centre for a huge array of bargain surf goods and maybe even meet Wombat from The Block! Pack your fishing rods because Sussex Inlet is a fishing Mecca with picturesque crystal clear waterways snaking all through the town.
Visit Sussex Inlet Aquatic Centre.
10. Milton Village Pool
Laze about in the water and look out towards the beautiful rolling hills at the recently revamped Milton Village Pool. The 25m outdoor pool plus shaded toddler pool are both open from November to May and are surrounded by a perfect countryside backdrop. There's plenty of grassy spots to lay down and sunbake or set up a picnic rug and enjoy a meal whilst looking out towards the greenery. Hot tip! This village pool is just minutes from Mollymook and Narrawallee Beaches if you feel like adding some surf action to the aquatic fun. The main strip of Milton is also a great place to stroll through. Head into town for some delicious vegetarian bites at Pilgrims - the Bliss Burger is amazing paired with a local surf break themed juice. Milton is a heritage listed town with great homewares, clothing and locally made goods, so enjoy some shopping and then grab an ale at a local pub.
Visit Milton Village Pool.
11. Ulladulla Leisure Centre
Award-winning Ulladulla Leisure Centre has taken out both Australian Recreational Institue Facility of the Year (2012) and the Friendliest Business of the year in the 2015 Milton-Ulladulla Community & Business Awards. This premium centre features a 25m indoor pool, 50m outdoor heated lap pool, a toddler pool plus a 20m hydrotherapy, learners pool and a fully equipped gym! So there's plenty of options for the entire family, not to mention the spa and casual fitness classes on offer too. This state of the art facility could entertain you for hours and they are just about to launch their new Evolt 360 Body Composition Analyser soon. This new, intelligent bioscan machine will give you all the stats you need to achieve all your fitness goals. Hot tip! Work up a sweat before the pool by heading to nearby Pigeon House Mountain. The 2-hour challenging walk boasts epic views over The Budawangs and is a great way to get the heart rate pumping. Have a bite by the harbour at nearby Native cafe, with great raw treats and delicious health bowls of goodness. Or spend some time perusing the local shops, get your nails done or have a massage after your pool session.
12. Ulladulla Sea Pool
The quintessential Ulladulla Sea Pool was built in the 50s and is a classic Australiana tidal pool. Nestled into the harbour, a swim at this 50m pool is always refreshing with its sweeping ocean views. Just like Huskisson Sea Pool, there's no entry fee here either and it's open from November to May. Double check the website before you visit though as the pool is closed for cleaning on Tuesdays. Hot tip! Just a five-minute walk to the harbour, you can enjoy a foreshore walk with coffee in hand while taking in views of the fishing boats that have a deep history in the area. If you feel like getting the blood pumping, catch a wave with world champ Pam Burridge's surf school in nearby Mollymook. Or treat yourself after your swim at Cupitt's Winery, Brewery and Fromagerie with some relaxing sundowners.
Visit Ulladulla Sea Pool.