Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre: Family Review With Lots of Photos

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A section of the rapid river run

Hooray for Ryde Aquatic Centre, this is a fantastic swimming pool for families and one our family has visited on hot sunny days, on wet days and on many days in between.

There are so many fun areas for kids to enjoy, from the rapid river run to the waves when they come swooshing out. There’s also an excellent Giant Slide here that costs no extra to use.

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More of the rapid river run at Ryde swimming pool
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Woosh down the little slide!

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– 7.45pm, Saturday 6.30am– 5.45pm, Sunday  7.30am – 5.45pm, Public Holidays 9am– 5.45pm

Under fives free.

Pools: Indoors—50 metre pool, 25 metre pool, 40 metre leisure pool, waterslide

The Wave Pool operates on weekends after 12.15 pm until 4.40 pm.

The Wave Pool operates during School Holidays and Public Holidays from 10.15 am until 4.40 pm.

The Giant Slide operates on weekends from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm.

The Giant Slide operates during School Holidays and Public Holidays from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm.

Note: These times are subject to change without notice. 

Ryde Aquatic Centre, which my kids always call 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.

The Surf Ryder is an undercover surfing experience which you do need to pay extra for. It’s for kids aged seven and over, you must be 90cm tall to have a go. Sessions last 30 minutes, cost $19.30 and include pool entry.

Call to book on: 028878 5111

Here’s a video of the Surf Ryder:

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A mine rapid whirly pool

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.  Ryde Park is not too far away, read all about this lovely park with playgrounds, a terrific cafe and a great bike track on this Ryde Park post.

Livvi’s Place at Yamble Reserve in Ryde is another excellent playground.

Ryde Aquatic Centre Parking: Free carpark, entrance on Weaver Street

Bus stop nearby: Yes

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The bottom of the 56 metre slide
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Queuing for the slide
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Inflatable fun in school holidays at the Ryde swimming pool
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Ryde Aquatic Centre is great for little kids too

If your family love good water slides do check out this post:

Sydney’s Best Water Slides For Kids

To see other fab pools in Sydney, click this post:

Sydney’s Best Swimming Pools For Families

Have you visited Ryde?  How did you find it?

Can you recommend another great family-friendly pool?

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    1. says: Seana Smith

      Sadly, no! But Lane Cove is not far and the pools there include an outdoor one. There’s an article about it on Hello Sydney Kids, just have a wee look via the search bar. Cheers.

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