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Swimming

Melbourne's location on Port Phillip Bay, along with its many public pools and recreation centres, means there are endless opportunities for swimming all year round.

Beachside summers

There are many popular beaches all around the bay, including Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, Middle Park, St Kilda, Elwood, Hampton, Brighton, Sandringham, and Williamstown. These main beaches are all manned by lifesavers on weekends and public holidays during the summer months from November to March.

Poolside year-round

If you like swimming but not sand, join locals and visitors alike at one of Melbourne's numerous swimming pools. You'll find the right pool for your aquatic needs among the city's indoor and outdoor pools with lap lanes, leisure areas, slides, diving boards, kiddie pools and more. Many of them are heated so you can make a splash any time of year.

Check out the public pools in your local area and dip your toe in at some of Melbourne's favourite swimming holes.

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Swimming

Water sports

Leisure activities

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre

Channel your inner champion at Melbourne's biggest aquatic centre, complete with lap pools, diving boards, an enormous water slide and wave pool.

Leisure activities

Fitzroy Swimming Pool

Join the hordes of lap swimmers and laid-back locals at this 50m heated outdoor pool in Fitzroy, where DJs hit the decks on summer Sunday afternoons.

Leisure activities

Melbourne City Baths

Swim back in time as you do your laps at these historic public baths. This modern 30-metre indoor heated lap pool is housed in a beautiful Federation building.

St Kilda Sea Baths

<p>Lap up the goodness of salt water and beach views at this 25-metre indoor pool filled with filtered sea water, located on the shore of St Kilda beach.</p>

Nature & wildlife

Beaches

Relax in the summer sun on calm bay beaches across Melbourne from the popular swimming spots at St Kilda to the landmark bathing huts at Brighton.

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Things to do

Leisure activities

Live the life of leisure and be as busy as you please in Melbourne, choosing from a range of fun-filled activities guaranteed to shake up the weekend.

Water sports

Kayaking

Get some exercise and unwind at the same time. Hit the rivers or head out onto the bay and explore Melbourne's waterways on a kayaking expedition.

Water sports

Boating and sailing

See Melbourne from a different angle by getting out on the water, sail the sparkling waters of Port Phillip Bay or cruise down the Yarra River.

Nature & wildlife

Beaches

Relax in the summer sun on calm bay beaches across Melbourne from the popular swimming spots at St Kilda to the landmark bathing huts at Brighton.