I am surprised that it has taken me this long to visit Epping Aquatic Centre. Please don’t make the same mistake. The centre is a lovely place for a splash with the family, particularly little ones, and has a decent set of swimming facilities.
Thankfully the pools weren’t demolished by Hornsby Council so we can all still enjoy a swim in the tranquil bush setting. They re-opened in October 2016 by City of Parramatta Council, following the recent Council boundary changes. Now Epping Aquatic Centre is sadly Parramatta Council’s only swimming centre, with the transfer of Granville Pools to Cumberland Council and the demolishing of Parramatta Pools. Details on the new swimming centre to be built in Parramatta can be found here.
Shaded Baby/ Toddler Pool
At the end of the centre, around to the right from the 50m pool, you will find a shaded baby/ toddler pool about 4m by 5m and a depth of about 15-20cm. It is a perfect size, as the little ones are able to sit in it with their heads well above the water and yet still have great fun splashing, while you can be within easy reach at all times. There are naturally shaded benches along the side and a grassed area at the back.
This pool isn’t shaded and gets the full sun in the morning. But gets good shade in the afternoon from the surrounding trees.
On the way back to the entrance is the covered and enclosed program pool, which is only open for swimming classes. At the entrance to the centre is the six lane 50m pool.
All pools are heated, though to varying temperatures. When we went the kids pools were 25.5 and the 50m pool 28 – which I thought was around the wrong way.
During the 2017/2018 summer school holidays, there will be a giant inflatable obstacle course every Wednesday and Saturday from 11am to 2pm. And use of it is included in your entry fee.
There are warm showers and plenty of change rooms. They are a bit of a warren though that I found confusing at first. The change rooms are on the upper level and then showers and toilets are on the next level down (well at least for the ladies). For the ladies at least, you need to press a button to get warm water. And make sure you press the right one, as I accidentally turned off the warm water on someone else. 🙁
The BIG downside for families, with little ones and a pram, is the lack of a ramp down to the pool. The staff informed me though that they are happy to help you take your pram down the stairs. And the pools are NOT accessible by wheel chair.
At the reception, you can purchase hot and cold drinks as well as a ice creams and snacks and there are two tables to sit at. They also have a kiosk set up at the northern end of the 50m pool that sells hot chips and ice cream when we went recently in the summer school holidays.
Fees and Entry
To enter any City of Parramatta swimming centre, you need an access card. They are issued free to all casual visitors, of high school age and above. To get an access card, you just need to complete a short registration form at our reception and have your photo taken.
Epping Aquatic and Leisure Centre is a seasonal facility, closing over the winter months. It re-opens on 30th September 2017 and will close on 15th April 2018.
- Monday to Thursday: 5.30am – 7.45pm
- Weekends & Public Holidays: 7am – 6.45pm
- Christmas Eve and NYE: 7am – 3:45pm
- New Year’s Day: 9:00am – 6:45pm
- Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
- Adult (18 years and over) $6.00
- Students and Children over 5 $4.50
- Concession / pensioners $3.50
- Spectators $3.20
- Family (2 adults + 3 children OR 1 adult, 4 children) $20.00
- Family (2 adults + 5 or 6 children) $28
- Adult 20 Visit Pass $108
- Student 20 Visit Pass $81
- Child/Pensioner 20 Visit Pass $81
Finding Epping Aquatic and Leisure Centre
There is a lot of free on-site parking behind the community hall. Please be aware that it is steep walk down to the pools along a path (about 50m), though doable with a pram.
Places of Interest Nearby
Looking for some other ways to cool down with the family? Check out our ultimate free water fun guide.