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Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre

We are excited to let you know that with the latest easing of COVID-19 restrictions our Recreation Centres will be able to open further at the end of this week.

Starting Thursday 29 October 6am, the pools and Health Clubs of both the BARC and Aquadome will be open during the below times. Bookings are essential.

Opening hours – bookings only

6am – 8pm weekdays

9am – 5pm weekends and Public Holidays

(Closed for deep clean 1-2pm each day)

Our booking structure will be as per previous arrangements - you can book a 1-hour timeslot throughout the day, except for during the deep clean time.

Bookings will open as follows:

Wednesday 28 October at 10am: Aquatics and Gym

Friday 30 October at 10am: Group Fitness

To make a booking head to our book your session web page

Sessions will be capped at 20 patrons in the aquatic area and capped at 10 patrons for the gym and group fitness.



80 McKean Street,BARC Bairnsdale
Phone 03 5152 5710

Opening Hours - (bookings required) 

Monday to Friday
3.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Saturday and Sunday
9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Public Holidays
9.00 am – 1.00 pm
(closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Hours vary on Anzac Day.)


*Pool closes 15 minutes before closing time.


Entry prices

Become a member

Fitness programs

Learn to swim







Entry prices

Effective from 1 July 2019


 Entry Type




 Wet Area




(5 to under 10 years)

Free entry for children under 5

Aqua Aerobics 




 Family Aquatic




 Health Club




 (Teen Gym) 

Group Fitness Class 




 Living Longer Living Stronger





Visit passes are available for the Aquatics area, Gym and Crèche please call or speak to reception for further information. 


Did you know we have no joining fees on all of our memberships! A new, easier to understand, membership model is now available. 


We believe exercising is more fun with friends, so if you're an existing direct debit member who refers a friend to join one of our direct debit memberships you will BOTH receive a FREE fortnight if your friend is still an active member in 90 days!


Join in on our FREE Members Breakfast on the first Friday of the month from 6.30 - 9.00am.





Direct debit per fortnight


Direct debit per fortnight

 Gold - Full access



Dry - Health Club and Group Fitness 



 Wet - Pool area and Aqua Aerobics



 Off Peak - Full access*



Junior - Restricted facility access**



*Off Peak times are 8am - 3:30pm Monday to Friday and all weekend

** People aged under 13 have unlimited pool access, 13-17 year olds access to Health Club during specified times.


Corporate memberships are available for employees from some large employers.  Please contact a member of our Customer Service team to find out if your employer has an arrangement with us. 


To cancel or suspend your membership please complete our online form or see reception.



Our large, fully-equipped and supervised Health Club offers a range of equipment to meet all fitness needs.


The Health Club offers an extensive range of equipment from industry leading brands Precor and Life Fitness.


We are also now home to East Gippsland's only Queenax functional training system which provides an increased number of training options meaning you will be able to add some variety into your training program. 


Ongoing programming and support are all part of our standard Health Club memberships however if you're after a more personalised approach Personal Training sessions are available.


Group Fitness 


We offer over 20 classes a week catering for all abilities and fitness levels.


We also offer classes 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. 


Timetable effective February 2020







 6.15am  Spin Body Pump

 Rush Hour


 Rush Hour

 9.15am  BodyPump  

 Body Pump


 Body Pump

 Aquacise*  Aquacise*
9.45am     Aquacise*      
 10.30am  Pilates*  BodyBalance* Zumba Gold*  Lite Moves*  
 5.30pm  Zumba  Pilates*




 6.30pm  Strength Effect/Boxing    Spin  

* Classes appropriate for older adults

 **Classes subject to change at short notice

If you would like to know more information about our classes please read our Group Fitness explanations.


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 complete our online enrolment form.

To make any changes to your current enrolment please complete our change of lesson form.

Watch Around Water

East Gippsland Shire Council is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for children when they are in or near the water. To promote the active supervision of children the Bairnsdale Outdoor Pool is an accredited Watch Around Water facility.


Our sole aim is to have zero fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents in our aquatic facilities. To achieve this we cannot rely only on our Pool Lifeguards. We kindly ask that parents/guardians follow our Watch Around Water guidelines.


Children under 5 years old

Must be accompanied into the centre by a responsible parent / guardian and must be constantly and actively supervised during recreational play within arms reach.

Parent / guardian must be in the water with their child.


All children under 5 years will be given a yellow wristband.


This will help lifeguards to identify children who should be within arms reach from their parent / guardian.


Children under 10 years old

Must be accompanied into the centre by a responsible parent / guardian and must be constantly and actively supervised.


The parent / guardian must be positioned to have a clear view of the child with no physical or structural barriers between them and the child / children.


Parents must be prepared to get into the water if needed.



Occasional Care

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.

Occasional Care runs Monday to Friday for three hours 9.00am - 12.00pm.


See more information on our Creche.


After School Care

We offer a fun and exciting After School Program for primary school age children between the ages of 4 and 13 years.


Our programs run each day of the school year through the school term (excluding public holidays) in a supervised, relaxed, safe and fun environment.


Our program provide positive social opportunities and cater for the children of parents who work, study or have other commitments.


Activities include structured and unstructured indoor and outdoor games, art, craft, cooking and special events. We offer a healthy afternoon snack.


All Abilities Program

This is an inclusive activity based program for kids aged between 13 and above.  The program suits all ranges of abilities and runs each school term.  


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.



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 on 5152 5710 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.


Customer feedback

We value the feedback of our members and guests. If there is an issue you would like to bring to our attention or you would like to say thanks please complete our customer feedback form.


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