Pack your togs and cool off at these urban oases. Take the kids for an outdoor splash. Paddle in the pink pool or stage a staycation by the rooftop pool.

Paddle in the NGV pink pool

Paddle while you ponder the environmental questions posed by the NGV’s latest summer installation, Pond[er]. Surrounded by indigenous plants, the vibrant pink pond is free to visit. Come back after dark for free DJ sets and pop-up bars, for NGV Summer Nights.

People paddling in pink pool at NGV at night
Paddle in the pink pool at the NGV.

Melbourne City Baths heritage pool

The iconic, heritage City Baths have been keeping locals cool for more than a century. Open from 6am to 8pm, the 30-metre indoor pool is perfect for casual laps. Or sign the kids up for lessons. Then refuel at Poolhouse Coffee. 

Arbory Afloat top deck pool

Hang by the top deck pool at Arbory Afloat. Melbourne's favourite floating bar is back on the Yarra, with a new Mediterranean flavour. Toast the sunset from the water and tuck into Turkish plates.

Pool, people on poolside lounges, bar, skyline and people at Arbory Afloat
Hang by the top deck pool at Arbory Afloat.

North Melbourne Recreation Centre outdoor pools

Take the whole family to splash and swim in the North Melbourne Rec Centre pool. With aqua play and splash pools it’s the perfect spot to swim with the kids.

Carlton Baths outdoor pool

Spend summer arvos in the Carlton Baths’ 25-metre outdoor pool. Little kids can splash in the toddler pools and aqua playground. While bigger kids will love the giant inflatable during January school holidays.

Outdoor pool
Spend summer arvos at the Carlton Baths.

Poolside staycations

Crown Metropol level 27 pool

Unwind 27 stories up, in the Crown Metropol indoor pool. Soak up sweeping city views as you soak in the pool or lounge on the luxurious day beds. Turn your relaxation up a notch in the Aroma steam rooms and 38-degree vitality pool.

Adelphi Hotel suspended laneway pool

The Adelphi Hotel’s glam rooftop oasis is a Melbourne icon. Famous for its glass-bottomed pool suspended above Flinders Lane. Stage a mini getaway in one of the stylish suites and be sure to head downstairs to Om Nom kitchen for dessert high tea.

Two people in rooftop pool
The Adelphi Hotel's famous glass-bottomed pool.

Crowne Plaza rooftop pool

Indulge with a staycation at Crowne Plaza and dip all day in the new rooftop swimming pool. Bringing the family? The kids will love the school holidays pool parties, while you relax with a book on the designer sun lounges.

Melbourne Marriot Hotel Docklands infinity pool

Relaxation is elevated at the Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands’ outdoor infinity pool. Soak in the 28-metre, wet-edge rooftop pool and whirlpool, while you soak up the panoramic city views. Sip poolside cocktails from rooftop bar Sunset House. Hit the sauna or lounge all day on the day beds.

Outdoor infinity pool at Melbourne Marriot Hotel Docklands
The infinity pool at Melbourne Marriot Hotel Docklands. Image courtesy of the Melbourne Marriot Hotel Docklands.

W Hotel rooftop pool and bar

Dip, sip and splash with a view, in the W Melbourne pool. Get in a few sunrise laps, or relax in the pool under the stars. Maximise your leisure time in the steam room. Then indulge with poolside cocktails and snacks from the WET Bar.

Movenpick neon-lit night swims

Stay at the Movenpick and indulge in a neon-lit night swim in the covered outdoor pool. Swim laps and unwind in the hot tub. Sink into a poolside chaise lounge with a good book, or robe up and recharge in the dry cedar sauna room.

Indoor pool at the Movenpick hotel lit up at night
The Movenpick's neon-lit pool.

Check out what's new in backyard pools

Wish you could take the pool home? Check out all the tech and trends at the Pool & Spa Lifestyle Expo. Free and family-friendly, with plenty of parking and on-site food trucks, 4 to 6 February.

Last updated on Tue 18 Jan 2022

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