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Sunshine Leisure Centre

Sunshine Leisure Centre is a welcoming and friendly indoor/outdoor sport and recreation facility just 15kms from Melbourne CBD and is a perfect location for fitness and fun. 

Sunshine Leisure Centre has a number of fully accessible features including pools, a spa and steam room, a fully equipped gym, creche with an outdoor play area and more – but for this post, our main attraction is the Leisure Centre’s pool and aquatic facilities.

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Sunshine Swimming Pool

The centre’s huge aquatic area is great for keeping fit, learning to swim, or simply having fun.

The facility offers a 25 metre, eight-lane indoor heated pool with a general play lane, a 25 metre, eight-lane outdoor heated pool with two general play lanes and a 20-metre Leisure Pool with ramp entry, stair, ladder and hoist access. The pool is often used for aqua aerobics, gentle exercise and swimming lessons so if you’re at the pool for a play or to swim laps I wouldn’t use the Leisure Pool.

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Close to the Leisure Pool is a safe, enjoyable, and colourful beach entry pool with interactive water features that the kids, especially babies and toddlers, love. It includes a padded and slip-resistant tile for an accident-free space.

For more family fun in summer check out the Outdoor Splash Pad which is suitable for kids of all ages. The space’s water cannons, dump buckets, sprinklers and fountains, and padded slip-resistant flooring make it an awesome yet safe play area for kids to enjoy during hot summer days. 

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Sunshine Swimming Pool Classes

If you’re wanting to bring your little one to the pool to help them become more confident in and around water, check out the centre’s AquaPlay group.

This is a water-based lesson for babies between 3 and 18 months. Through this program, babies enjoy an exciting and enriching experience and develop an enjoyment and love of water from an early age.

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The centre also offers swimming lessons for those who wish to hone their swimming skills. The membership costs $15.70 per week and allows unlimited access to the pool facilities. Benefits also include weekly lessons over school terms, unlimited aquatic access to the pool facilities, optional summer holidays suspension, plus concession and family discounts.



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Another program for people of all ages is ‘Swim and Survive/ which aims to provide people with valuable skills relating to swimming and water safety. The program’s lessons take 30 minutes and are available on weekends, after school and during the day for younger children.

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Sunshine Leisure Centre Hours

The facility is open every day but there are different times for indoor and outdoor pools and for the day of the week, so it’s best to check the website before visiting. Note the Outdoor Splash Pad is a seasonal facility.

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Sunshine Leisure Centre Prices

The casual entry fee to Sunshine pool costs $7.20 for adults, $5.70 for children, $6.10 for Student/Concession. Kids under 5 can enter the pool free of charge. Families can also pay for the family swim package which is good for 2 adults and three kids. 

If you don’t plan to swim and are only there to spectate, the spectator fee is $2 per person.

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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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