Winter Swim: Sydney Indoor Water Parks

Water activities never stop for our family even if it is winter time.  We still visit the beach just to chase the birds, enjoy the view and play with the sand.  Still a lot of things to do without plunging oneself to the freezing waters of Sydney.  But, if water is life and you just need to soak your body into a generous amount of water and a bath tub just won’t cut it then you should visit an indoor water park.

In a week we were able to visit two indoor water parks.  The bub was obviously very happy playing with the water without shivering.  Here are the three water parks that you should visit while the temperature is down in Sydney.

Sutherland Leisure Centre

This was our first indoor pool visit.  From the pictures I’ve seen online it looks promising.  The indoor pools I have visited before doesn’t really look like the one we will be visiting.  It wasn’t difficult to locate.  Ample parking.  Or maybe because we came in on a Tuesday so there is not much crowd.  We paid $8.50 per adult.  Kids under 3 are gets in free with every paying adult.  Once inside the the centre a blast of heat welcomes you.  The bub immediately got so excited when he saw the pool and water features.

Almost ran to the pool with his clothes still on.  What I love about their pool is it has a big area with 0.60 m height.  This is the perfect water level for the bub to play around.  That day some of the mushroom water feature only trickled with water, but it was still a perfect water play.  There is also a toddler pool near the stairs with 0.3 m water level, the bub likes to jump into it.  There are a lot of benches surrounding the pool for your things and a cafe in case you need some refreshments after splashing around the pool.  If interested to visit, here is their website.

The toddler pool

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

Now, this is really the indoor pool you must visit in Sydney.  I mean, really visit.  This pool is not just for kids but for the kid within every adult who sees this place.  Entry prices starts at $8.00 per adult and kids under 3 can go in free with every paying adult of course.  As the venue for the 2000 Sydney Olympic and Paralympic games, this indoor pool is massive.  Housing four pools that could keep everybody busy and happy for hours.

The splasher’s playground takes center stage in this visit.  Just by looking at it, you know kids will be playing in that area for days and won’t even feel hunger.  Promise!  The water slides, the bubbling spots and the tipping bucket will bring out plenty of squeal from the bubs and dads (yes, dads were all busy playing too!)  The huge tipping bucket at the top of the playground is a huge hit.  What I like about the water features is the wild river.  I did try it because I was curious and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I went in like more than ten times.  The kid in me was pretty happy.


The aquatic centre also has an outdoor seating where you can enjoy the green view and sunny spots.  You can also bring in your own food.  Indoor seating near the cafe is strictly for cafe diners only.  There were two changing rooms.  A shower area is also available near the pool.  Lockers are available for a fee of $2.00 if in case you are hesitant to leave your things at the bench around the pool.  There are plenty of water activities in the centre.  For more information visit their website.

Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre

This indoor pool is still in our bucket list before winter is over.  The wave pool is something I want to try.  I’ve always wanted to try surfing (I think) and maybe this wave pool is my way of experiencing it.  I am too scared to try it in the beach.  Entry fee will start at $8.50 per swimming adult.  They also have water slide.  I am just not sure how high their water level and if the bub could just wade into some area and enjoy the water.  That will just have to wait for another weekend.  Website of this indoor pool here.

Photo grabbed from website

But if you are not keen on getting wet there are other ways to spend the school holidays.  Check our visit at Hurstville Museum.