Go for a swim. There are lots of pools to enjoy with your family in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter. Some of them are outdoor pools and only available at certain times of the year while others are indoor pools and open all year round. Admission charges range depending on the venue. Check out the list below for all the details or search via the map to find a pool near you. (If you want information on ocean baths, visit our beaches and ocean baths guide).
OCTOBER 7 UPDATE: Following changes to the Public Health Order, from Monday, 11 October, there are some changes to restrictions in NSW that will affect who can visit the facilities. Everyone aged 16 years and over must have had both shots of your COVID-19 vaccine to attend our pools. You will need to show proof at reception and provide it on request from authorised law enforcement officers.
Check each pool below as we’ve indicated whether they will be reopening or not. Before you set out, double-check the website or Facebook page for each pool as entry conditions, hours of operation, booking requirements can differ between different councils.
Please note we’ve updated this article based on the latest information provided by local councils. However, as we all know things can change quickly due to newly issued NSW government directives so verify the information to make it is up to date.
City of Newcastle Update: Following changes to the Public Health Order, from Monday, 11 October, everyone aged 16 years and over must have had both shots of your COVID-19 vaccine to attend our pools. You will need to show proof at reception and provide it on request from authorised law enforcement officers. See Newcastle Pool’s Update for more information.
Lambton Pool – OPEN
There lots of choice for swimming at Lambton Pool, and it’s one of the area’s favourite public pools.The pool complex has a heated 50m, learners and toddlers pool as well as a diving pool. (The tower is not open for public use though). This swimming centre is popular with families as it includes an aquatic playground with play structure, large tipping bucket, water jets and a concrete splash pad. There is also a giant waterslide. An outside pool complex, Lambton Pool is open from late August to late May and is run by private operator BlueFit.
Get more info on visiting Lambton Pool.
Wallsend Pool – OPEN
On a warm day, cool off at Wallsend Pool, a cute neighbourhood pool. It has everything you need for a fun family day out with a variety of pools to suit every age and swimming ability. The main attraction of the Wallsend Swimming Centre is a large solar-heated 50-metre pool to do your laps. There’s also a free swim area on one side of the pool which is great for families to congregate and play in the water. For families with babies and toddlers, there is also a shallow toddler pool. Entry fees apply. An outside pool complex, Wallsend Pool is open from late September to late April and is run by private operator BlueFit.
Get more info on visiting Wallsend Pool.
Mayfield Pool – OPEN
There’s lots of fun to enjoy at Mayfield Pool. It’s easy to spend a few hours here with two pools to suit different ages and swimming ability. It’s big enough to keep kids busy but small enough not to feel crowded. Enjoy splashing around in the 50 metre pool. If you feel like doing laps, there are dedicated lanes to swim. Otherwise, splash around in the large free play area. Bring pool noodles and pool toys to have some fun. Out of the water, kids can enjoy the basketball court, playground and large grassy area. Entry fees apply. An outside pool complex, Mayfield Pool is open from late September to late April and is run by private operator BlueFit.
Get more info on visiting Mayfield Pool.
Stockton Pool – OPEN
At Stockton, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to a swim. You can swim at Stockton Beach or choose the outdoor pools at Stockton Pool. It’s a great alternative for those who prefer pools. Located an easy bike ride or a 20-minute walk from the ferry wharf, Stockton Pool is a fun place to swim. Compared to other pools, we noticed it had fewer people even on a hot day. The pool consists of two pools, a solar heated 50 metre pool and a shallow learners pool. There is also a small playground and a volleyball net set up. An outside pool complex, Stockton is open from late September to late April and is run by private operator BlueFit.. Entry fees apply.
Get more info on visiting Stockton Pool.
Beresfield Pool – OPEN
Beresfield Swimming Centre features a heated 50m, learners and toddler pool. There’s also playground equipment and grassy areas. An outside pool complex, Beresfield is open from late September to late April. Entry fees apply. Beresfield Swimming Centre is currently the only City of Newcastle managed pool and is located at Anderson Drive, Beresfield.
Get more info on visiting Beresfield Pool
Lake Macquarie City Council Update: If visiting a swim centre, users are asked to:
- check Council’s website for opening hours
- maintain 1.5m physical distance from all people including staff
- wash or sanitise your hands upon entry and regularly after that
- follow the centre’s signage and conditions of entry along with staff directions
- come swim-ready
- remember to wear a face mask when not in the water (this includes all outdoor areas)
- remember to QR code in.
Charlestown Pool – OPEN but 25m pool remains closed for maintenance
Run by Lake Macquarie City Council, Charlestown Swim Centre has facilities the whole family will enjoy. The swim centre boasts outdoor heated 25m and 50m pools. The 25m pool is shallower than the 50m pool, but is still a minimum of 1.1m deep, so parents will need to get in with younger kids.
This swim centre also features a fantastic toddler splash pad for the small folk. Water fountains create dome-shaped waterfalls that are perfect for toddlers to hide underneath and play in. It also has a large pole with three tipping buckets which gradually fill up and empty out at different times. Charlestown Swim Centre is open year round. Entry fees apply.
Get more info on visiting Charlestown Pool.
Morisset Swim Centre – OPEN
Morisset Swim Centre features an outdoor heated 25m pool, an outdoor heated 15m Learn to Swim pool as well as a wading pool for little ones. Morisset Swim Centre is contractor-operated and open from September to March. Morisset Swim Centre is located at 7 Kahibah Street in Morisset. Entry fees apply.
UPDATE: Morisset Swim Centre is also set to open from Thursday 30 September between 9am-4pm.
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Speers Point Swim Centre – OPEN
Conveniently located next door to the massive Speers Point Park, Speers Point Swim Centre is a fun location for the whole family. The swim centre boasts outdoor 25m and 50m pools. It also has a toddler wet play area. Run by Lake Macquarie City Council, it’s open during the summer season. Entry fees apply.
Get more info on visiting Speers Point Swim Centre
Swansea Swim Centre – REOPENING 27 September
The swim centre features an outdoor 50m pool and an outdoor heated 15m Learn to Swim Pool. It also has a toddler wet play area. Run by Lake Macquarie City Council, it’s open during the summer season. Entry fees apply. Swansea Swim Centre is located at 79 Channel Street in Swansea.
Get more info on visiting Swansea Swim Centre
Toronto Swim Centre – OPEN
An indoor swim centre, Toronto Swim Centre is open year-round. It has an indoor 25m pool and an dindoor heated 16m Learn to Swim pool. Toronto Swim Centre is contractor operator. Entry fees apply. Toronto Swim Centre is located at the corner Awaba Road and Carleton Street in Toronto
Get more info on visiting Toronto Swim Centre
West Wallsend Swim Centre – CLOSED
UPDATE: West Wallsend Swim Centre will re-open from Monday 11 October under limited hours for lap swimming, water walking and Aquafit only.
West Wallsend is an indoor swim centre run by Lake Macquarie City Council and is open all year round. It has a heated 25m pool. Entry fees apply. West Wallsend Swim Centre is located at 35A Edden Street in West Wallsend.
Get more info on visiting West Wallsend Swim Centre
Maitland City Council Update: From Monday 11 October, the indoor and outdoor pools at Maitland Aquatic Centre will be available Monday to Friday between 6.00am and 6.00pm and weekends beginning 16 October between 7.00am and 4.00pm for lap, recreational and rehab swimming. The East Maitland Aquatic Centre will also be open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 4.00pm for lap and recreational swimming. In line with the Public Health Order roadmap, patrons over the age of 16 attending Maitland Aquatics Centres are required to be double vaccinated and able to show proof of this on entry, or entry will be refused.
Maitland Pool – OPEN
In Maitland Park, you’ll find Maitland Aquatic Centre. It features a splash pad complete with a tipping bucket. No matter what the swimming level of your kids, this pool complex caters to them.
There’s a 50-metre outdoor pool as well as a 25-metre indoor heated pool. The indoor heated pool is used for swimming programs, including learn to swim and fitness classes. The pool offers disabled ramp access and is heated to a warm 28 degrees. This aquatic centre is run by Maitland City Council and the indoor pool is open year-round. The outdoor pool will be closed from end of April to end of September. Maitland Aquatic Centre is located at Les Darcy Drive in Maitland.
Get more info on visiting Maitland Aquatic Centre
East Maitland Pool – OPEN
The East Maitland offers family fun as well. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, shaded baby pool and kids play equipment. Run by Maitland City Council, this pool is open from early October to end of April. Maitland Aquatic Centre is located at 41 Narang Street in East Maitland.
Get more info on visiting East Maitland Aquatic Centre
Cessnock City Council Update: Following the approval of our COVID-19 Safety Plan, Council is pleased to announce that Cessnock, Kurri Kuri and Branxton Pools will open to fully vaccinated residents.
Branxton Pool – OPEN
Branxton Pool is an outdoor seasonal 33 metre pool with six lanes and ramp access. Bring along your toddler for some fun as there is also a covered toddler pool with step entry and water play features. Run by Cessnock City Council, it is located at 4 Maitland Street in Branxton. Cessnock City Council’s outdoor pool season is generally from October to March.
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Cessnock Pool – OPEN
Cessnock Pool features a six lane, 50 metre outdoor pool with ramp access. The facility is toddler friendly and includes a covered toddler pool with step entry, water play features and a small covered baby pool. Run by Cessnock City Council, it is located at the corner of Wollombi and Allandale Roads in Cessnock. Cessnock City Council’s outdoor pool season is generally from October to March.
Get more info on visiting Cessnock Pool
Kurri Kurri Aquatic and Fitness Centre – OPEN
Kurri Kurri Aquatic and Fitness Centre is Cessnock City Council’s year round aquatic facility and is managed by Belgravia Leisure. Along with a small gymnasium the centre has an eight lane, 25m pool as well as a 10 metre program pool and leisure pool with a beach entry. It is located at Boundary Street in Kurri Kurri.
Get more info on visiting Kurri Kurri Aquatic and Fitness Centre
PORT STEPHENS UPDATE: Lakeside Leisure Centre, Tomaree Aquatic Centre and Tilligerry Aquatic Centre have reopened to the community. Visit your local pool’s website for opening times and restrictions. All visitors to pools will be required to be double vaccinated and follow current mask and physical distancing requirements under the public health order.
Lakeside Leisure Centre – OPEN
Head to Raymond Terrace for a swim at Lakeside Leisure Centre. This pool features a 50 metre outdoor pool heated to 24-25 degrees plus an indoor heated pool featuring a beach area suitable for babies and toddlers. The indoor pool gradually deepens from ground level and has a large, very shallow area which makes it great for babies and toddlers.
At random times throughout the day, and depending on the number of people in the pool, the lifeguards turn on the water features consisting of three fountains, shallow spas and a deep spa area.
The facilities also include a kiosk, swim shop and recreational area with free BBQ facilities and children’s play area. Lakeside Leisure Centre is located at 3 Leisure Way in Raymond Terrace. It is open year round and is run by private operator Belgravia Leisure.
Get more info on visiting Lakeside Leisure Centre.
Tomaree Aquatic Centre – OPEN
Enjoy a pool and waterslide combo! Tomaree Aquatic Centre in Port Stephens is a clean and well-maintained facility and a great place for all ages to cool off on a hot day. Tomaree Aquatic Centre is managed by Belgravia Leisure on behalf of Port Stephens Council and operates year-round.
With a 50 metre outdoor, heated pool, a shaded and heated kids pool, a shaded and heated wading pool plus a large waterslide, it’s a great place to spend a couple of hours with kids. Tomaree Aquatic Centre is located at 3 Aquatic Close in Salamander Bay.
Get more info on visiting Tomaree Aquatic Centre.
Tiligerry Aquatic Centre – OPEN
Located in Mallabula in Port Stephens, the Tiligerry Aquatic Centre is open all year round. The facility offers a heated 25m, 8 lane pool that is perfect for either recreational swimming or lap swimming. the pool is surrounded by beautiful grassed area, free electric BBQ, kiosk serving hot food, drinks and ice creams and a splash pad for the toddlers.
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