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HOT: Lara Pool, Lara

HOT: Lara Pool, Lara

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Lara Pool

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…

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….a completely shaded toddler pool…

lara pool

….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!

Click here for all the free water play areas in Melbourne.

Click here for more things to do with kids in Geelong. 

HOT Tips:

  • 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.

Lara Pool, 2 Bank St, Lara

Swim season is from 1 November 2018 to 31 March 2019

Monday to Friday 6am to 6pm.

Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm

Public holiday hours vary

The centre may remain open later on hot evenings at Manager’s discretion.

Adult $8
Concession $6
Adult (swimming) with child under 5 years $6
Adult (swimming) with child aged 5 – 18 years $12
Adult (spectator) with child aged 5 – 18 years $8

Spectator $2


Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

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

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