When the sun is out, there’s nothing quite like taking a plunge. Luckily for Brisbane locals and visitors, we get plenty of warm weather. With a little planning, you can take your swimming to the next level or indulge in the ultimate staycation with these seven Brisbane pools – all which boast amazing views.
Catalina Brisbane, South Brisbane
If the idea of sipping cocktails while soaking in a pool and taking in Brisbane’s skyline sounds up your alley, Catalina is the place to be. If laps in the 30m pool aren’t for you, it’s rimmed with cabanas and sun lounges, perfect for kicking back and taking in some Brisbane rays. Alongside epic cocktails, make sure you try out their menu which features everything from Moreton Bay Bug ravioli to Black Onyx flank steak.
Emporium Hotel, South Bank
The Emporium in South Bank is a 5-star boutique hotel that well and truly delivers when it comes to panoramic Brisbane views. While their luxurious rooms and The Terrace rooftop bar are often in the limelight, it’s their infinity-edge pool that really shines. The 23 metre long pool is exclusive to hotel guests and those that lap it up will enjoy the view over South Bank, Brisbane City and Brisbane River. If you’re an early riser, the north-east facing pool is the perfect spot to watch the sunrise!
Crystalbrook Vincent, Howard Smith Wharves
Book a stay at the one-of-a-kind Art Series Hotel, Crystalbrook Vincent, and you definitely won’t be disappointed. The 5-star hotel is located underneath the Story Bridge, making it a perfect addition to Howard Smith Wharves and one with an iconic view. Stay for a night or two, and you’ll have exclusive access to the hotels heated rooftop pool and bar, which offers panoramic views of the Story Bridge, river and the rest of the city. Need I say more?
Streets Beach, South Bank
If you haven’t been to Streets Beach, then I’m afraid you haven’t truly experienced Brisbane. The stunning lagoon is Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach, making it a truly iconic swimming experience. Take in the view of the Brisbane River and CBD as you walk barefoot on the white sand and glide through the water. A swim here is free, meaning you can spend your money on an ice-cream from one of the nearby stalls. There’s plenty on offer for kids too, including the Boat Pool and Aquaitivity!
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Queen Street Mall
Right in the hustle and bustle of Brisbane CBD, the Hyatt Regency Hotel (formerly NEXT Hotel) is the perfect choice for those wanting a variety of bars, restaurants and retailers right on their doorstep. Literally! The Pool Terrace & Bar is the perfect spot to chill after a busy day at the office or a day spent shopping in the city. Take a refreshing dip or simply order a cocktail as you watch Queen Street Mall from above.
The Westin, Brisbane
New 5-star hotel, The Westin Brisbane, is certainly making waves and for all the right reasons. The Nautilus outdoor pool boasts Brisbane’s first (and only) swim-up bar, serving guests cocktails and snacks without having to leave the water. When you’re not looking at the waterproof menu, stare outward to soak in the city views. If you happen to be staying on a Saturday, you’ll also be able to enjoy live music from 2pm.
Spring Hill Baths, Spring Hill
For something a little different, consider Brisbane’s first in-ground pool, the Spring Hill Baths. The heritage-listed pool is easy on the eye with its resorted facade, classic grandstand and change rooms, all originally built in 1886. It’s pretty easy on your pocket too, with a casual swim there costing only $5.80 for adults. Work on your backstroke or simply float to enjoy the view through the sunroof. And of course, a retro swimsuit and a pair of shades would be the ultimate attire here.
FV Brisbane by Peppers, Fortitude Valley
FV Brisbane by Peppers is a truly stunning hotel and residential building. There are rooms to suit every occasion, from one bedroom apartments to The Fortitude Suite, with each offering guests access to luxe facilities. Whether you hang out in the unique u-shaped skyline pool or laze on one of the hotel beds, you’re guaranteed to get magnificent views of Brisbane CBD. If you happen to stay in the heritage listed Foresters Hall, you’ll have access to the No 1 Tower and Rooftop Infinity Pool, an exclusive area on level 31.