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. Throw on the boardies, smother yourself in sunblock, and grab your thongs, it’s time to dive in!
Beachside Holiday Park, Normanville
Launching last year, this supreme jungle-themed extravaganza is 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 hop between the two.
The Beachouse, Glenelg
The famous Beachouse in Glenelg has got you covered (literally). 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.
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!
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.
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 temperature exceeds 32˚C at 5pm, the centre will remain open for one extra hour.
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.
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.
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.
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 flood lit so that even on a hot evening, the pool can be enjoyed.
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 seperate 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.
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!
Tusmore Park Pool, Tumsore
Beneath the sky-blue shading lingers an even bluer public pool. This pool comes with no-frills, slides or overcrowding, meaning it is the ideal spot for a ponderous dip. Surrounded by the tranquil park seating, complete with towering jacarandas, there is no better place to switch off this summer.
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.
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.
The Ocean, South Australia
And we can’t forget to give a shout out the beach! Just a 15 minute drive from the Adelaide CBD, you’ll be treated with pristine coastline. Stay cool, South Australia!