Adelaide Aquatic Centre

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Adelaide Aquatic Centre
Adelaide Aquatic Centre sign.JPG
Building information
Full nameAdelaide Aquatic Centre
Coordinates34°54′3″S 138°35′27″E / 34.90083°S 138.59083°E / -34.90083; 138.59083Coordinates: 34°54′3″S 138°35′27″E / 34.90083°S 138.59083°E / -34.90083; 138.59083
Opened20 December 1969
Home club(s)Burnside Swimming Club
Main pool
Length50 metres
Lanes8 lanes

The Adelaide Aquatic Centre is a complex of indoor heated swimming pools operated by the Adelaide City Council and located in the northernmost extent of the Adelaide Parklands in North Adelaide. It is located in the square of parkland bordered by Jeffcott Street, Barton Terrace West, Prospect Road and Fitzroy Terrace. There is a car park to the west whose entrance is off Jeffcott Street, but the entrance to the centre itself faces north, towards Fitzroy Terrace. The centre opened on 20 December 1969.[1]


The centre features a 50-metre Olympic-sized swimming pool and a smaller adjacent pool (33m x 21m) used for aqua aerobics, canoe polo, diving, underwater hockey and water polo.[2][3][4][5][6][7] These two pools are surrounded on three sides by raised seating for competition spectators. The wet areas also include an octopus-themed 'Octopool' for children's swimming lessons and recreational use, two leisure pools, two water slides, two spas, a dry sauna and a steam room. At extra cost (unless one becomes a member), the centre offers a crèche and a health club equipped with cardio machines, pin-loaded weight machines and free weights. There are also shops providing swimming equipment and food, and an outdoor barbecue area.


There are separate prices for families, single adults, children, and concession card holders (Health Care Card or full-time tertiary students). [8] to the different areas of the centre, including the pools, sauna, spa and gym. Adelaide Aquatic Centre also offers membership for full access to the centre.

State of maintenance and future plans[edit]

Since 2005, peak representative bodies such as Diving Australia, Swimming Australia and the Aquatic Sports Coalition of SA have criticised the condition of facilities at the centre.[9]

There was a plan that in the period April to July 2011 the centre's roof would be replaced as the first stage in upgrading the centre.[citation needed]

Adelaide City Council has reportedly allocated $6 million for a leisure centre conversion for the aquatic centre, but requires additional funding from the state or federal governments to go ahead.[1] The Council is to undertake a detailed study on how best to proceed in further upgrading the centre in coming years, to shift its focus from swimming competitions to a family oriented leisure pool facility, along the lines of an indoor waterpark.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Castellato, Renato (20 December 2009). "Our aquatic centre shame". The Advertiser. Archived from the original on 21 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Facilities". Adelaide Aquatic Centre. Adelaide City Council. Retrieved 25 November 2007.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Adelaide Aquatic Centre". Adelaide City Council. Archived from the original on 12 August 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  4. ^ "UWH in South Australia". Adelaide Underwater Hockey. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  5. ^ "CANOE POLO NOTICEBOARD". Canoe SA. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  6. ^ "South Australian Water Polo Venues". Water Polo South Australia.
  7. ^ "About Diving SA - Diving South Australia was formed in 2000". Diving SA. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Hours and Fees". Adelaide Aquatic Centre. Adelaide City Council. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  9. ^ Bildstien, Craig (7 March 2005). "Aquatic Centre too run-down". The Advertiser.

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