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HOT: Lara Pool, Lara

When the weather's hot and you're looking for some cheap water play and fun in the sun, check out the awesome outdoor Lara Pool.

Lara Pool, otherwise known as the Abe & Jean McClelland Public Pool, isn't just your average public pool. It's worth a special trip!

We love it because of its awesome pirate-ship themed water slide adventure playground. There are three slides, a dump bucket, water cannons and numerous fonts and jets surrounded by soft fall flooring…

….a completely shaded toddler pool…


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….fully fenced children's area…

….separated area in the main 50m pool for youngsters and water play….


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…and shady surroundings, with numerous shade sails set up on the grassy areas, plus natural shade on some of the park benches and picnic tables.

If you're serious about swimming, three lanes of the six-lane 50m Olympic pool are normally marked for swimmers.

Other facilities include family change areas, a kiosk selling healthy items and plenty of free parking.

Best of all, you can have a whole day of fun on the cheap! Entry prices start at $6 if you're an adult with a child under 5 years.

Lara Pool is only open during the summer months, generally from the beginning of November to end of March. During school holidays there is a school holiday program and during school term sometimes it is closed for school swimming carnivals.

If you're in Lara why not visit Serendip Sanctuary to get up close to native wildlife. It's free!

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Tips for Lara Pool:

  • Water slides and water play;
  • fully fenced toddler pool and water slide area;
  • shade sails cover toddler wading pool;
  • separated water play area in 50m pool
  • lap swimming lanes in 50m pool;
  • shade sails and grassy areas next to pool and the toddler pool/water slide area;
  • free parking, bike racks available; and
  • During school holidays they run a school holiday program and during school term sometimes it is closed for school swimming carnivals.

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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