You can feel it in the air, it’s going to be a HOT summer. Luckily Adelaide is overflowing (pun intended) with a refreshing assortment of pools and waterparks. So throw on the boardies, smother yourself in sunblock and grab your thongs, it’s time to dive in!
Barossa Caravan Park, Tanunda
After all that drinking and wine touring, it’s high time the kids do something they want to do! Head to the splashtacular waterpark at the Barossa Caravan Park. There is so much the young ones will love at this park including three huge slides, a pumping selection of splash zones and one big old tipping bucket. Adults can seek refuge in the Caribbean cool cabins.
Visit the Barossa Caravan Park at Barossa Valley Way, Tanunda SA 5352. Visit their website here.
The Beachouse, Glenelg
The famous Beachouse in Glenelg has got you covered. Their beloved indoor spaces provide shady relief, and their three waterslides take fun to the next level for kids and adults alike. As well as water-based activities, The Beachouse offers a smattering of entertainment such as mini-golf, dodgem cars, play castles and arcade games. Peckish? They have plenty of ice cream and indulgent food to devour.
Visit the Beachhouse at 4 Colley Terrace, Glenelg SA 5045, follow them on Facebook.
Freedom Fitness, Adelaide
Still, craving that workout in the heat? Well, Freedom Fitness has got you sorted, conveniently offering a pool and gym right in the city centre. The 25-metre pool is indoors, safe from the searing sun. Take the plunge on your lunch break or after work.
Find Freedom Fitness at 235 Flinders St, Adelaide SA 5000
George Bolton Swimming Centre, Burnside
Surrounded by the lush foliage of Burnside, this centre serves up countryside vibes in spades. As well as three pools available for your swimming needs, the site provides playgrounds and BBQ facilities if you’re up for lunch in true Aussie style. Or simply grab some grub from the kiosk. If you’re looking for a post-work swim, when the temperature exceeds 32˚C at 5 pm, the centre will remain open for one extra hour!
Visit the George Bolton Swimming Centre at Greenhill Rd &, Howard Terrace, Hazelwood Park SA 5066.
Next Gen, North Adelaide
Swim in absolute style at Next Gen’s 25-metre outdoor pool – surrounded by a landscaped garden and sun terrace with its own Cabana bar, you’ll feel like you’re living the island life. Or take advantage of their multi-purpose indoor pool.
Members-only – make an enquiry here.
Beachside Holiday Park, Normanville
The waterpark, which launched in 2020, is a supreme jungle-themed extravaganza and in a prime summer location for the young (and the young at heart). Featuring kooky slides, dumping buckets and SO much water, this fun new site is the biggest of its kind across any SA caravan park. With the beach only 5 minutes away you can easily hope between the two.
Visit Beachside Holiday Park at 157 Williss Dr, Normanville SA 5204. Visit their website here.
Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre, Felixstow
This centre provides a toddler paddle pool, a learner medium-sized pool, and an Olympic sized pool. Something for everyone to enjoy. Get your BBQ on or spoil yourself at the kiosk.
Visit Payneham pool at 194 O G Rd, Felixstow SA 5070. Visit their website here.
SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Marion
The SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre boasts world-class aquatic facilities, and accommodates all those who wish to play, train, perform and of course, eat. The centre is home to two slides which are considered to be among the fastest slides in Australia! The Space Bowl is 75 metres in length, and the Aqua Tube is all about speed. The indoor Splash Park, suitable for ages 10 and under, features small slides and the ‘Big Bucket’, which is bound to keep the little ones amused. However, if slides aren’t your cup of iced tea, there’s a variety of indoor and outdoor pools.
Visit the SA Aquatic Centre at 443 Morphett Rd, Oaklands Park SA 5046. Make a booking here.
The Big Wedgie, West Beach
Go west for the best! The Big Wedgie is the world’s tallest freestanding inflatable waterslide. Standing at 18.2 metres tall and 82 metres long, the slide boasts a 55-degree drop with 4 lanes. Those who fancy something a little less extreme can take on The Just Right Wedgie and young ones can have some splashing good fun on The Little Wedgie. Make sure you lather on the sunscreen for this one!
Slide down the wedgie at Military Road via West Beach Parks Resort, West Beach SA 5024. Book here.
Marion Outdoor Pool, Park Holme
You’re looking at a huge outdoor centre with 3 pools, two waterslides and large lawned areas. This is for serious swimmers as well as your average visitor because of its 50m salt chlorinated, eight-lane, heated Olympic Pool. The grounds are floodlit so that even on a hot evening, the pool can be enjoyed.
Find Marion Outdoor Pool at Oaklands Rd &, Hendrie St, Park Holme SA 5043. Follow them on Facebook.
Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park, Renmark
A Balinese oasis in country SA? Yes, please. This resort-style swimming precinct is a great place to lounge about as the kids dive straight in. A state-of-the-swimming-art precinct, the holiday park includes four separate solar-heated pools each surrounded by leisurely places to hang out. Or throw your towel down on the aesthetic garden spaces and settle in for the day. If (for some odd reason) you are wanting to raise your core temperature, the is even a heated spa area.
To book your stay at the Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park visit their website here.
Unley Swimming Centre, Unley
The Unley Swimming Centre is great if you’re on the hunt for a low key swim, offering a 50 metre pool, and a junior/toddler pool. Disability access is also provided, with a lift into all three pools. If you aren’t stopping by for an early morning dip, be sure to pack the sunblock for this one!
Find out more here.
Waterworld Aquatic Centre, Ridgehaven
Surrounded by the beautiful greenery of Ridgehaven, Waterworld is the North-East place to be. Take in the South Australian serenity among the gum trees, and relax with your family or friends, or dare to take on the water slides. If you’re not a swimmer, you’ll still be able to stay cool on the Splash Pad – a kind of human-safe water feature for those who aren’t a huge fan of the deep end.
Visit Waterworld at Golden Grove Rd, Ridgehaven SA 5097. Find out more here.
West Beach Caravan Park, West Beach
Another caravan park pulling its weight when it comes to summertime fun, the West Beach Caravan Park’s AquaCove is a waterpark that will keep everyone happy. Those looking for a thrill will love the retro coloured watersides. Meanwhile, you can find some summertime zen in the retro-style cabana day beds. Come nightfall, stick around the pool and enjoy the wonders of a modern LED display pumping out tunes, movies and games throughout the night.
Find out more here.
Marion Holiday Park
Marion Holiday Park is a must for all South Aussies looking to beat the heat. The newly revamped holiday park features a 45m Lagoon Pool, a Waterpark, and an Indoor Heated Pool for an option on a cooler day.
Find the Marion Holiday Park at 323 Sturt Rd, Bedford Park SA 5042, Australia.
The Ocean, South Australia
And we can’t forget to give a shout to the beach! Just a 15-minute drive from the Adelaide CBD, you’ll be treated with pristine coastline. Stay cool, South Australia!