The SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre is a huge indoor swimming pool facility located at 443 Morphett Road, Oaklands Park. There are many different things to do at the centre but most kids (and adults!) agree that the waterslides are the best part! There is also a gym, creche, lap-swimming pool, cafe, retail store and function rooms. The creche is complementary (gold coin donation) for members only. But let’s cut to the chase- how good are the pools and slides? Well, there’s a 50m pool (which can also be divided into two 25m pools), plus smaller pools for novice or learning swimmers. There’s an interactive water playground, a Toddler Pool, Big Water Bucket plus diving boards! The waterslides include a 75m Space Bowl, which consists of twists and turns to keep the kids entertained! The Aqua Tube is a fast tunnel of speed sliding- loads of fun!
Julie and I take our kids to Aquaplay at the centre and it’s a really great way to introduce the kids to water in a safe environment with lots of toys, floatation devices and instructors to help. Obviously, parents/guardians must remain with their children at all times during Aquaplay and, although I don’t particularly like wearing my bathers (hello mummy belly!), it’s incredibly cute watching little Elka’s eyes taking in all around her and seeing her becoming more confident when I help her learn how to float in the water. Aquaplay is in a very shallow pool and can get busy during school holidays, but is generally pretty relaxed. Check below for times and prices.
If the sound of all this water action exhausts you, check out the steam room or sauna instead- or relax in the cafe!
Things to note are;
- The Splash Park has certain opening hours so check the website for up-to-date information, however it is generally open in the mornings from 9-12 and the afternoons from 3:30-6:30pm. On weekends it’s open from 9-6.
- The slides cost per ride
- Children must be over 10 years of age, taller than 120 cm and a competent swimmer to use the slides
- There’s loads of parking, both in Marion Leisure Centre, which is close by, or in the multi-storey car park next to the centre
Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9:30-10:15 and 10:15-11am
Cost: 1 adult and 1 child: $5.50 1 adult and 2 children: $8.00
(children up to 4 years of age)
SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre- Phone: (08) 8198 0198
Mon to Fri from 5am – 10pm
Sat from 5am – 8pm
Sun from 7am – 8pm
Public holidays 7am – 8pm