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New state-of-the-art indoor pool opens at Kawana Aquatic Centre

Learning to swim on the Sunshine Coast will now be even easier in the new purpose-built indoor pool at Kawana Aquatic Centre.

The new indoor pool is part of Sunshine Coast Council’s $14 million major upgrade of the Kawana Aquatic Centre.

Stage One of the aquatic centre upgrade is now complete. It includes a new 20-metre, five-lane indoor heated pool, new structures, and new plant and equipment. This stage also boasts environmentally considerate operating systems, including state-of-the-art controls and a roof-mounted solar system for power generation.

Stage Two will deliver a new building, amenities, kiosk, and additional car parking, with work expected to begin in mid-2024. It will include a $938,000 contribution from the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

Learn to Swim Lessons in the New Pool at Kawana Aquatic Centre

Kawana Aquatic Centre’s new 20-metre, five-lane indoor heated pool


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Purpose-built new pool with state-of-the-art facilities

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said it was fantastic to see the project coming together.

“With stage one now complete, residents will be making the most of the state-of-the-art facilities at the Kawana Aquatic Centre,” Mr Wallace said.

“Who knows, with the Paris Olympics just around the corner, we could see future Australian Olympians and Paralympians begin to chase their dreams at the Kawana Aquatic Centre.”

Sunshine Coast Council Division 3 Councillor Tim Burns said the new learn-to-swim pool was purpose-built for teaching water safety programs and was one of the best in the region.

“The Kawana Aquatic Centre attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year. It is a highly valued swimming facility for our region,” Cr Burns said.

“This centre supports the Kawana Sports Precinct, which includes the nearby Sunshine Coast Stadium and Lake Kawana.

“These elite-standard facilities host many local, national and international sporting events, training camps and competitions each year.

“Many locals are taking advantage of the centre’s reputable swim school and squad training, and this new learn-to-swim pool is a real gem for our community.”

Mum and Child Enjoying the New Indoor Pool at Kawana Aquatic Centre

Mum and child enjoying the new indoor pool at Kawana Aquatic Centre


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City Venue Management (CVM) operates Kawana Aquatic Centre and provides the day-to-day site operation, programming, and community access.

CVM Managing Director Jay Clarke said the centre’s swim school, run by Rackley Swimming, understood swimming was more than just a recreational activity.

“Swimming is a fundamental aspect of Australian culture and lifestyle,” Mr Clarke said.

“From beach outings to creek adventures, the ability to swim with confidence opens doors to endless aquatic experiences.

“With our new state-of-the-art indoor facility, families can enjoy swimming all year round.”


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What else is at Kawana Aquatic Centre?

The hugely popular Council-owned aquatic centre has three heated swimming pools, all built for lessons, fitness, or leisure. It offers a range of facilities and programs for all ages and abilities.

It features a 50-metre outdoor pool, a 25-metre pool suitable for diving and water polo, and a new dedicated five-lane 20-metre indoor heated learn-to-swim facility with an all-abilities access ramp.

The Kawana Aquatic Centre is one of nine Sunshine Coast Council-owned aquatic centres in our region. The others are located at Beerwah, Caloundra, Buderim, Cotton Tree, Coolum, Palmwoods, Nambour, and Eumundi.

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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