Sydney’s Best Pools for Kids- Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre

Hooray for Ryde Pool, as we call it.

This lovely indoor complex is a fave of our family on hot sunny days, on wet, rainy days and on many days in between.

Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre

504 Victoria Road, Ryde 2112

Phone: 8878 5111

Website: www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/ralc

Open: Monday–Thursday 5.30am–9pm, Friday 5.30am–8pm, Saturday 6.30am–6pm, Sunday & Public Holidays 8am–6pm

Under fives free. Pools: Indoors—50 metre pool, 25 metre pool, 40 metre leisure pool, waterslide

Ryde pool has many delights for the family. The leisure lagoon has a baby’s pool and a cute short slide, there is a big rapid river run, a whirlpool, wave generator, statues and fountains.

The baby and toddler pool has lots of bubbly bubbles and a great big statue of cartoon creatures, fantastic!

For the braver preschoolers and older children the 56 metre waterslide is a great attraction, children are able to go down it with an adult if necessary.

Cafe: Kiosk sells meals and snacks

Baby change: Five family change rooms have baby change facilities

Strollers: No problems

Playground: No

Swim school: Yes

Creche: Call for current details

Gym: Yes

Sports shop: Yes

Membership available: Yes

Mum’s report: It’s an up-to-the-minute swimming pool with the family’s needs catered for.  We just love the wave pool, it starts after lunchtime at the weekends and my kids cheer when it starts up.  I have to hang on to the little ones though!

Extra: There is a park and playground on the other side of the carpark.

Map reference: Gregory’s 312 F5, Sydway 255 H17, UBD 214 A5

Parking: Free carpark, entrance on Weaver Street

Bus stop nearby: Yes

Have you visited Ryde?  How did you find it?

Can you recommend another great family-friendly pool?

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  1. Just a little thought as a PS. As a family we’ve gone to Ryde more as the children have got older as there’s lots of great stuff for our older boys. When they were all younger we spent more time at Lane Cove. But now they demand Ryde- it’s the big slide and the waves that appeal.

  2. At first thougth this was a great pool, but now my kids say its boring. One of the lifeguards said my 6 year old son can’t swim unless I am at arms length to him. He was swimming with my 8 year old son at the time. They both can swim well having taken lessons for some time. If you look at your photos you can see children in their age group who are not “at arms length”, the slide is a perfect example. Also the pool is not deep enough for me to swim and enjoy with my boys. The deeper water suitable for all of us, and the entire 50m pool, has been laned off for lane style swimming and swim schools. I believe the pool is oriented towards profit taking (at least during weekdays) . It’s nothing like the public pools when I was a boy enjoying family fun. The slide has only operated once in the two months I have been going there. I have never seen the waves operate at all. The swim school is excellent but you can only enter within 1 hr of lesson which is a bit tough. Great for toddlers, swim school, lane style swimming, others may wish to go else where.

    • Aha! You’ve had bad luck with the waves and slide. We go at weekends when both have been open, but it’s always worth a call to check in advance.

      I like the shallowness of the main part of the leisure pool, I must say. I had three five year olds hanging off me in the waves and was so glad to be able to stand!

      Do your boys prefer the Sydney Olympic pool? Have you tried the waterslides at Parramatta pool ever? They are long and zoom through bush, great fun, and that’s a real old fashioned type pool, lots of grass and all outdoors. I do call ahead to check when the slides are open always for Parramatta as it’s a hike for us.

      Cheers and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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