History of Public Baths in Melbourne

Melbourne City Council opened the first City Baths on 9 January 1860. That is when the History of Public Baths in Melbourne had started.

Swimming is a big part of the Australian way of life. Melbourne is fortunate that it has a lot of heated swimming facilities. Even if it has more winter days than any other city in Australia.


Here are the best indoor and outdoor public swimming pools in Melbourne:


St Kilda Sea Baths

St Kilda Sea Baths is an intrinsic part of Melbourne’s culture and is a unique place to experience. The pleasure of bathing in water from the sea and heated to a soothing temperature. The therapeutic benefits of natural seawater have known for thousands of years.
The seawater pool will help stimulate your senses and relax your mind. The healing properties of the natural seawater help restore energy and well being.

Melbourne City Baths

It first opened in 1860, as an alternative to swimming in the polluted Yarra River. And has continued to provide health. And fitness services to the community for more than 150 years. This achievement distinguishes the Baths from any other facility in Victoria. Today, the building’s historical exterior apposed against the modern interior. It includes a 30-meter pool. It’s the largest swimming pool in Melbourne’s CBD. It also has squash courts and massage services available. And has continued to provide health. And fitness services to the community for more than 150 years. This achievement distinguishes the Baths from any other facility in Victoria. It is also one of the City of Melbourne’s oldest and most significant public buildings.

Melbourne City Baths Conservation Management Plan

It provides amazing insight into the past 160+ years of public bathing. And paves the way for the City Of Melbourne to preserve a further 160 years.


The largest aquatic and leisure facility in the northern region of Victoria. It offers the best swimming fitness and fun. Home to the premier gym and indoor swimming pool in the area. It also with a wide range of fitness classes and training programs. Enjoy the health benefits of our warm water program pool, spa, sauna, and steam room facilities. There is something for everyone and ensures you’ll want to return again and again.

Brighton Baths Health Club

Established in 1881, it is home to Victoria’s only 50-metre open water lap lane swimming pool. It’s also home to Victoria’s only private beach with boardwalk. Members of the public can access through a casual day pass.

Oakleigh Recreation Centre

These aquatic facilities are a seasonal option, as they’re only open in the summertime. The outdoor facilities include a 50-metre pool. A dive pool with one and three-metre springboards. A multi-purpose pool and a shaded toddler pool with a splash pad.

Oakleigh Recreation Centre is currently getting a $23.3m re-developed. This includes the construction of five new indoor basketball courts and a gymnasium upgrade. Also conversion of the existing stadium to a state level gymnastics facility. This is for the Waverley Gymnastics Club.

Brunswick Baths

Brunswick Baths is a popular swimming pool option in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Outside, it has a 50-metre heated swimming pool. And Splashpad for kids, which includes a fun and colourful water feature. Inside, it has a 20-metre heated pool and Waterplay pool, with water slides and water cannons. There’s also a spa, sauna and steam room available.

Prahran Aquatic Centre

The Prahran Aquatic Centre began in 1924 as a large wading pool. Today, it’s home to an outdoor heated 50-metre pool. There’s also a spa, sauna and steam room, and a toddler’s pool that’s only open in summer. The aquatic centre has ample grassed space surrounding the pool, as well as sun lounge chairs.

Knox Leisureworks

This place is an awesome place for the little ones. The pools are nice and warm. Kids will enjoy it while having fun. It is Located in Boronia, Victoria. Featuring a 50-metre lap and recreation swimming pool, warm water pool, program pool, and a spa.