Combine your love of art deco architecture with your love of water. Relax and enjoy the character of Canberra’s first pool. The historic Manuka Swimming Pool was completed in 1930 and was officially opened on 26th January 1931.


The Manuka Swimming Pool is set on two hectares of grassland with ample shade provided by the many trees within the boundary.


Additions to the facilities over the years have been the toddlers wading pool in the early 1960’s and the “SS Red Duck” pirate ship playground which is a popular hangout for young kids while mum and dad enjoy a coffee from TAV’s  cafe which was opened in 2012.


In 2019 the ACT Government carried out extensive upgrade works to the main pool. An important priority was to retain the original heritage design elements of the pool for all Canberrans to enjoy for years to come. Along with a new filtration plant, refurbished poolside seating and repainting of the building, the entire pool was retiled.

Opening Hours

Pool opening Saturday 31st October 2020 to Sunday 21st March 2021


Weekdays                 6.30am to 7.00pm

Weekends                 8.00am to 7.00pm

Public Holidays       10.00am to 6.00pm


24 December           8.00am to 4.00pm

Xmas Day                 Closed

26 December           10.00am to 6.00pm

28 December           10.00 am to 6.00 pm


31 December           8.00am to 5.00pm

1 January                  10.00am to 6.00pm


26 January                10.00am to 6.00pm


8 March                    10.00am to 6.00pm


Outdoor 6 lane 30 meter pool

Shaded Outdoor Toddlers Pool

Expansive Shaded Grounds

Children’s Pirate Ship Playground


Manuka Pool Copyright 2016(c) - Updated Feb 2020