Spend an afternoon with the bellbirds and kookaburras at the rock pools of Cedar Creek, just ten minutes drive past Samford
Orion Lagoon is the sparkling blue jewel in the crown of Robelle Domain, Springfield city’s green heart and one of Ipswich’s showcase parklands.
A favourite southside haunt on a hot day is Hibiscus swimming pool located in the Hibiscus Sports Complex at Upper Mt Gravatt.
Griffith University Aquatic Centre is one of the southside's best kept secrets. Located in beautiful bush surrounds at Mt Gravatt Campus, this peaceful public pool appeals to all ages – not just uni students.
This swimming complex is one of those rare commodities encompassing swimming pools and a small water park under the one open roof.
With up-to-the-minute facilities and fringed by a grove of statuesque gum trees, newly built Colmslie Pool is a fantastic all year amenity for children and adults alike.
Nestled on the foreshore next to the Manly Marina, Manly Pool is a bright little patch of blue comprising a 25 m covered pool with access ramp, a toddler pool, slide and a kiosk.
This fantastic family friendly pool complex and playground features giant Joan Miro-esque water sculptures dotted in and round the kids’ pools.
This gigantic tropical sea front pool nestled at the base of Redcliffe’s cliffs is a favourite for families with young children and those who enjoy a shallow water paddle on a hot day.
An old-fashioned resort style cluster of pools, picnic and barbecue amenities, beach volleyball and tennis courts, The Plantation can be found off the beaten bayside track alongside the Tingalpa Creek Reserve.
Here’s a government scheme that is still benefitting the community eighty years after its implementation: this giant sandy-floored wading pool.
The perfect antidote to the corporate bustle of the CBD across the river, Streets Beach has something of the surreal about it.

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

Triple M Rocks Tattersall's Race Day with live rock band
Join the Southern Cross Soloists as they chart a new musical voyage
Oscar Wilde’s The Young King comes to life on stage at QPAC from July 23 to 27
A new show has been added for A Conversation on Narcos at The Tivoli
Celebrate Queensland's local produce and craft beer
‘Unlearning’ brings together new and recent artworks
The Brisbane BBQ Festival is an epic 2-day celebration of music, meat and fire
Sunsets by Sanctuary Cove is a fantastic 2-day festival
Coffee aficionados won't want to miss The Lanes Coffee Festival