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Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Our recreation centres offer great facilities to help you and your family keep fit, healthy and active. See what we have to offer at our recreation centre in Bairnsdale.

Where we are

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Bairnsdale  Vic  3875
Phone 03 5152 5710
Fax 03 5153 158

Postal Address - Po Box 1618

Bairnsdale VIC 3875

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday
6.00 am – 9.00* pm

Saturday and Sunday
9.00 am – 6.00* pm

Public Holidays
9.00 am – 6.00* pm
(closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Modified Public Holiday hours operate on ANZAC Day)


*Please note the Aquatics area closes 15 minutes prior to the Centre closing time.


Current Community Consultation

Community Consultation is currently open on the proposed changes to the Recreation Centres Membership Structure.  To view the proposed changes, leave your feedback or to ask a question please visit our Your Say  page.  This consultation will be open until 31 May 2016.


We have a variety of membership options which are easy and very cost effective. Download information on membership prices, from a 10 visit pass through to a gold pass.


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Our large, full equipped and supervised Health Club offers a range of equipment to meet all fitness needs.  From a range of different cardio options to a large free weight area and a range of pin loaded machines to hydraulic exercise equipment for gentle exercise we are able to create a program to suit your exercise needs.  If you're after a more personalised approach Personal Training sessions are also available with a number of our qualified staff.


Group Fitness 


We offer over 25 scheduled classes a week catering for all abilities and fitness levels.  Classes include Les Mills BodyPump and BodyBalance, spin, Zumba, Pilates, boxing, Aqua Aerobics and more. 

We also offer classes specifically designed for older users or those recovering from heart surgery or other serious illnesses, please come in or call one of our professional fitness staff for advice. 


We are currently updating our Group Fitness and Aqua Aerobics timetables these will be available back on this website shortly, in the meantime please call and speak to a member of our Customer Service team. 



We have a pool for every member of the family:

  • 8 lane 25m pool heated to 30oC
  • Learn to Swim/Toddler pool heated to 32oC
  • Spa and Sauna

Learn To Swim

The centre delivers the Royal Lifesaving 'Swim and Survive' program. Our program is based on making learning fun while teaching water safety and swimming skills. This is achieved by using only qualified instructors teaching small groups to maximise the amount of time your child spends learning. 


If you want to know more, see our Frequently Asked Questions?


If you would like to enrol please download our enrolment form  and drop it off in person or post to PO Box 1618, Bairnsdale VIC 3875.


Our childcare service is in a purpose built facility within the centre. Whilst your children are in care you are welcome to either use the Centre or leave to catch up with friends, get your haircut or attend an important meeting, its up to you.

Care is available for up to three hours from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm, Monday to Friday.


Download further information on our Creche or Out of School Hours Care.


All Abilities Program

This is an inclusive activity based program for kids aged between 13 and 17.  The program suits all ranges of abilities and runs each school term.  The 2016 program will commence on Wednesday 3 February with pool based activities.


If you want to know more about the 2016 program, see our information sheet


If you would like to enrol your child in the program please download our registration form  and drop it off in person or post to PO Box 1618, Bairnsdale VIC 3875.



A great place to relax with a coffee and a healthy snack after a workout or to catch up with friends while your children are in lessons.


The three court, wooden floor, multi-purpose stadium is a wonderful place to practice as a team or come down with a couple of friends for a game of basketball, futsal, netball or volleyball. Please call the centre for court availability and costs.


The stadium is also available for hire for larger events or sports competitions, if you would like to make a booking please complete and return our booking form  and a staff member will contact you about your event.


We offer a range of high quality gym wear, as well as all those little things that are easy to forget such shampoo/conditioner and deodorant available for sale in the foyer. We are also have the largest range of Zoggs swimwear, googles and swim equipment in East Gippsland.


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