Places To Cool Off (Part 1) - Local Pools

Summer In The Highlands: Places To Cool Off

Local Swimming Pools


So it's a little warm at the moment - to say the least!! Below are the three pools in the area that are ready and waiting for you to jump in and cool off.


Bowral Swimming Pool

Entry price: Adult - $4.20 / Child - $3.20

This pool is a local favourite and a great place to swim. It's got something for everyone - from splashing about for the little ones through to dedicated lanes for some serious swimming.

There is a shaded toddler and wading pool, 25m and 50m pools. The pools are heated to 24 degrees so they aren't too icy!  

There's a kiosk for some snacks and lunch (think hot chips, pies and sausage rolls) and also some shaded grassy areas so you can bring a picnic and stay a while.

Cherry Tree Walk is right next to the pool, so you can finish the day off with a lovely walk or bike ride if it's not too hot.

Hours of operation during warmer months:

Mon - Fri: 6am - 6pm

Sat: 8.30am - 6pm

Sun: 9.30am - 6pm

Public hols: 10am - 5pm

Christmas Day: closed

Boxing Day: 10am - 5pm

Fun fact - if it reaches 31+ degrees the pool management often decide to keep the pool open longer so we can enjoy the cool water for longer. It's not always possible; it will depend on how many people are at the pool, staffing etc. Pretty awesome though!


Bundanoon Swimming Centre

Entry price: Adult - $4.20 / Child - $3.20

The pools are heated to 24 degrees here too and you've got your choice of an outdoor 25m swimming pool and toddler wading pool. The 25m pool has a lane for serious swimming and the rest of the pool is available to enjoy and splash about.

The kiosk has a range of hot food (chip/nugget/pie-esk food) and the usual fare of snacks and drinks.

Some shaded areas and picnic tables are available which are great if you plan on staying a while and picnicing.

Hours of operation during warmer months:

Mon: 6am - 8am / 3pm - 6pm

Tues: 3pm - 6pm

Wed: 6am - 8am / 3pm - 6pm

Thurs & Fri: 3pm - 6pm

Sat, Sun, Public Hols: 10am - 5pm

Christmas & Boxing Day: closed 

During Summer school hols the pool is open longer - 6am to 6pm on Monday and Wednesday and 10am to 6pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 

When it starts to cool off and the temp falls below 18 degrees the pool closes from 9am. 

Bowral Pool



Moss Vale Aquatic Centre

  • Pool Entry Adult $5.70
  • Pool Entry Concession/Child $4.40 
  • Pool Entry Spectator $2.50 
  • Pool Entry Family (2 adults + 2 children) $17.40 
  • Pool Entry Additional Child $3.50 
  • Creche - per hour $4.10

The aquatic centre is indoors, so it's ideal if you want to avoid the harsh sun. You've got your choice of the 25m swimming pool for some serious laps, the program pool for splashing about and a fun kids splash pad with water toys. 

There's a creche to mind the little ones, swimming gear availlable for purchase if needed and a great little cafe with table seating for lunch, coffee and snacks.

There's also the gym facilities within the centre as well, so if you're inclined you can always combine a workout! There are separate entry fees for the gym though, so check the website for more info on that. 

Opening hours:

Mon - Fri: 6am - 8pm

Sat: 8am - 5pm

Sun: 9am - 5pm

Public holidays: 9am - 5pm

Christmas Day: closed

Boxing Day: 9am - 5pm

Moss Vale Aquatic Centre Pool



Mittagong Pool

The long-awaited repair of this local fave is finally complete! The pool will most likely be reopening on w/c 7th January (actual date TBC).

Pools are heated to 24 degress, there is a 25m lap pool and toddler splash pad. 

Shaded areas to escape the sun.

Kiosk and swimming equipment available for purchase.

BBQ available to hire.

Opening hours:

Mon - Fri: 6am - 9am / 2pm - 6pm

Sat: 8.30am - 6pm

Sun: 9.30am - 6pm

Public holidays: 10am - 5pm

Christmas Day: closed

Boxing Day: closed

If the temperature falls below 18degrees Mittagong Pool will close at 9am.


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If natural swimming spots are more your thing, check out our favourite local swim spots here. Or if you prefer diving through waves, here are some of our favourite beaches only an hour or so away from here.


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