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Ithaca Swimming Pool in Paddington

Ithaca Swimming Pool is a gem of a place that’s been around, in one form or another, for over 100 years. It’s changed many times since it began as a large wallowing hole dug into the ground (known as Ithaca Baths) in the early 1900s and after a massive renovation in 2010 it’s now a spic-and-span family friendly centre for swimming lessons and splash-about fun.

Where to find it:

131 Caxton Street, Paddington (opposite Suncorp Stadium, enter via Caroline Street)

What’s there?

Ithaca Swimming Pool has a 25m outdoor saltwater pool heated to 28degrees, with a shaded shallow end and a ramp for disabled access. There’s also a heated learn-to-swim pool and a drink and snack kiosk. The Brisbane City Council tennis and basketball courts are right next door to Ithaca and you can hire tennis, badminton, rugby, soccer and basketball equipment from Ithaca Swimming Pool for only $2.00. Parking is on-street only with a two hour limit so public transport is a great option if you’d like to stay longer, or wander up Caxton Street for a meal afterwards.

Great! When is it open?

Open weekdays during the summer season from 5.30am to 7pm on weekdays, from 8am to 6pm on weekends, and from 9am to 5pm on all public holidays except for Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day when it is closed. Ithaca Swimming Pool is closed during the winter season.

Is Ithaca Swimming Pool accessible?

Yes. A wheelchair ramp access was added to the heated outdoor pool during its most recent renovations, and facilities for the disabled are available. Ithaca Pool honours the Queensland Government Companion Card allowing free entry for anyone accompanying a person with disability who requires attendant care support.


Ithaca Swimming Pool has a membership scheme and offers different prices for members and non-members.
Adults (aged 15 years and over), $5.40 for non-members and $4.50 for members; children aged 2-14 years, $3.90 for non-members and free for members. Discounted family passes, multiple entry passes and season passes are also available.

Entry Conditions:

Children aged ten years or younger must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

Anything else?

Ithaca Swimming Pool offers swimming lessons in programs for children from baby to 14 years old, and private lessons for adults. Children and their parents are also invited to join the Ithaca Aqua Club to enjoy free entry to their Friday Fun Nights, every week from 3pm to 6pm – a great way to socialise, keep fit and have fun all at the same time!

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There’s also an AMAZING playground very close by. A great opportunity to extend your play time and have some fun in the sun. Lots of picnic tables and space to spread out, as well!

How do I get in touch with Ithaca Swimming Pool?

Phone 3369 2624 or visit their website.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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