South Bank – Cool Pools

If you’ve been walking in the South Bank Parklands, you would have seen the huge lagoon swimming pools and Australia’s only inner-city beach.  These are free and open to the public.  In summer, they’re one of Brisbane’s favourite spots to cool down. Children especially love the “Aquativity” water play area which opens 7am – 7pm.

Mantra Pool

Mantra Pool

There’s a much smaller pool in Grey Street that kids always love to see.  It hangs over the edge of the first floor at the Mantra Hotel in Grey Street (corner of Glenelg St – stand in front of Rydges Hotel for the best view).  If you’re there at the right time, someone might be swimming and you can see them through the glass end of the pool.  

We’ve stayed at the Mantra as a special treat, and my daughter had a great time waving at people in the street through the pool’s glass.


About Dianne McLay

Australian writer, author and photographer. Author of 3 guidebooks: Brisbane's Best Bush, Bay & City Walks -- Best of Brisbane guide book -- Best Village & Coastal Walks of the Sunshine Coast. Photographer for "Building Brisbane's History - the fascinating stories behind the city's most notable buildings and structures" Editor of
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