Riverstone Swimming Centre
Riverstone Swimming Centre is a terrific pool to visit with kids. The venue offers a variety of facilities for families to enjoy. Best of all, it never feels crowded, unless it is a 40º+ degree day or busy Sunday.
Swimming centres are a great option for keeping cool in summer, fill the days during school holidays and keep our kids away from the screens!
Note: Riverstone Swimming Centre is only open from spring to autumn. Check its website before you go, please.
Riverstone Swimming Centre
Address: Corner of Market Street and Garfield Road, Riverstone 2765 NSW
Phone: 02 9627 1496
Monday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm
By Mireia Garriga Seguranyes
If you don’t live in the western suburbs, Riverstone might be a bit far away for you. However, the swimming centre is well served by train, minutes walk from the railway station. Also, it is quite easy to find either you take the M7 or the A2 (Old Windsor Road).
“Situated in the heart of Riverstone, the Swimming Centre captures the essence of relaxation and rest. Soft green grass mixed up with beautifully shaded tree areas provides the ultimate atmosphere”. Source: Blacktown City Council website.
As soon as I arrived with my daughters in the complex, I realised that Riverstone Swimming Centre is not the typical bustling and overcrowded complex with boisterous kids that you can find in Sydney.
Besides the countryside atmosphere, we liked Riverstone Swimming Centre for these reasons:
- It has three pools: a beautiful seven lane Olympic pool with loads of shade and benches; a fantastic leisure / wading pool with some water features for little kids to splash and play about; and a learn to swim pool next to the leisure / wading pool, which is very convenient for families with an age gap between kids.
- Water is comfortably heated.
- There are lots of trees that provide plenty of shade to spread a towel or a picnic rug on the grass.
- You can bring your own food, and use the barbecue facilities or picnic shelters.
- If you don’t have time to pack morning tea or snacks, there is a kiosk that sells a bit of everything to get by.
- It is a clean and well-maintained pool complex, with very spacious changerooms.
- There is a car park and plenty of on-street parking.
- Inside the complex, there is a little playground to keep the kids entertained, as well as a netball area for the older ones. The best time of the day to play in the playground is in the afternoon, as there isn’t any shade in the morning.
- Qualified, experienced and friendly staff and the grounds and lawns are very well kept. Little kids would be amazed to discover garden statues of native animals.
- Disabled facilities
- Reasonable pricing including multiple entry passes. Also, the swimming accessories that they sell i.e. goggles and arm floats seemed a bit cheaper to me; please note, I haven´t done a comparison study.
The only handicap is that there isn’t hot water in the showers; you need to ask for tokens at the cashier.
While my kids loved the water features of the leisure/wading pool (specially the big red ball), I loved the fact that you can sit and relax in the water, and supervise the kids at the same time.
Going to the swimming pool can be stressing and exhausting, when your children are still not confident swimmers. In Riverstone, you can keep an eye on them very easily without constant trips from the towel to the pool.
Ultimately, Riverstone Swimming Centre is a great place to have an incredible family day. The facilities are excellent and you don’t need to spend a fortune.
Toilets/Baby change: Yes
Nearest takeaway coffee: Yes, inside the complex
Playground: Yes, two playgrounds. One inside the complex and another one is next to it. Lions Park has several picnic tables, a little rotunda and a playground with generous sails, suitable for school-aged kids.
Riverstone Swimming Centre is an outdoor pool complex, which is run by Blacktown City Council, and it is only open through the summer months. The centre has three pools, including a leisure / wading pool with some water features that young kids will surely enjoy.
The venue is well maintained and it doesn’t feel overcrowded, unless it is scorching hot. With its excellent facilities (including ample grass areas with plenty of shade, barbecues and picnic shelters and even a playground), it is difficult to beat Riverstone. You have it all to spend a wonderful day in summer!
After writing this review, I hope that Riverstone Swimming Centre stays relatively undiscovered. What a contradiction! The good news is that Blacktown Council has lots of swimming centres in comparison to other councils. Have you been to all of them?
I have to add on my list Blacktown Aquatic Centre, Mount Druitt Swimming Centre, Charlie Lowles Leisure Centre Emerton and Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope (click on here to read all you need to know).
Also, while you are in the area, you might like to check the Francis Park Playgrounds and Water Splash Park. Click here to read the Hello Sydney Kids review.
Nearest station: Riverstone Train Station + 10 minutes walk approximately.
Bus stop nearby: Route 747, departing from Rouse Hill.
My daughters loved Riverstone Swimming Centre. And, me too!
Which is your favourite swimming centre in Sydney?