The Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre has a range of activities and classes available in the pool and at the gym. See the blue sliders below for more information.
Christmas operating hours
- Sunday 23 Dec: 7am - 5pm
- Monday 24 Dec: 6am - 3.30pm
- Tuesday 25 Dec: Closed
- Wednesday 26 Dec: 1pm - 5pm
- Sunday 30 Dec: 7am - 5pm
- Monday 31 Dec: 6am - 3.30pm
- Tuesday 1 Jan: 1pm - 5pm
Outside of these specified days normal operating hours apply.
Fees and charges
Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre is located on O'Brien Road, Highfields.
Upcoming events & offers
Members Christmas Party - 14 December
Join us in celebrating all the achievements of the year and enjoy some social time at the centre. We'll have games, a sausage sizzle (gold coin donation) and member awards. Come along and have some fun.
- Highfields Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Sports Hall
- 14 December 2018, 6 - 8 pm
The party is open to current members.
O'Brien Road, Highfields
Please phone 4699 6530.
- 25 metre, eight lane heated outdoor lap pool
- Heated children's wading pool
- BBQ's, picnic tables and natural grass to relax on
- Toddler's water slide
- Lifeguards patrolling
- Available for group hire
- Learn to swim classes
- Onsite parking
- Highfields swimming club
- Large sports stadium
- Basketball court
Fees and charges
Centre opening hours
Spring opening hours are:
- Monday to Friday 6am - 8.30pm
- Saturday 7am - 4pm
- Sunday 7am - 4pm
- Public holidays: times may vary
Gym opening hours
Spring opening hours:
- Monday to Friday 6am - 8.30pm
- Saturday 7am - 4pm
- Sunday 7am - 4pm
- Public holidays: times may vary
Pool opening hours
Open between September and April.
- Monday 6am - 6pm
- Tuesday 6am - 6pm
- Wednesday 6am - 5.45pm (Highfield's swimming club 6pm - 8.30pm, school terms 1 and 4)
- Thursday 6am - 6pm
- Friday 6am - 6pm
- Saturday to Sunday 7am - 6pm
- Public holidays: times may vary
Pool classes are run during the spring/summer seasons. Both the pool and sports hall are fully patrolled by trained staff and pool lifeguards. We can supply trained staff to personally supervise any booked parties. The toddlers water slide does not operate during school swimming lessons. Please see staff for dates and times.
The Highfields Aquatic Centre participates in the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia's KEEP WATCH Program. Our qualified lifeguards manage and supervise the aquatic activities to ensure maximum safety and fun. However, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over, or by the legal parent or guardian of the child, at all times during their stay in the aquatic area. For 0–5 year olds and non-swimmers, a high visibility wristband will be worn as a means of identification, a parent or guardian needs to be in the water at all times and within arms' reach of the child. Please remember your children are your responsibility.
Membership costs can be found in the fees and charges:
Membership inclusions (free with membership)
1. Use of gym facilities
- Use of facilities at Highfields only if using a Highfields Fitness and Recreation Center membership.
- Use of facilities at Highfields and Milne Bay (Toowoomba) if using a full centre membership.
Please remember to bring a towel when using the gym, no towel - no workout.
2. Group fitness
- Indoor/outdoor training
- Spin classes, boxing, pilates, circuit style training and aerobics
- LesMills classes
- Aqua aerobics (pool season)
All group classes can be found in the blue slider below titled 'Regular classes'.
Contact 4699 6530 to book a spot.
- Access is seasonal if using a Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre membership
- Access if all year if using a full centre membership as the indoor pool at Milne Bay can be used.
4. Face to face program
One half hour session once a week for a total of five weeks.
- Free training programs every 6-8 weeks
- Free skinfolds
- Free weigh and measures every 6-8 weeks
Week one: health profile check one (compulsory)
- Check medical conditions and injuries
- Weight and measurements are taken
- Goals are recorded
- Discuss what type of training program you require
Week two: program one
- Trainer will demonstrate and assist you in completing each exercise of your new training program by focusing on technique to prevent injury
Week three: program two
- Trainer will answer any questions you may have about your program
- The trainer will demonstrate the exercises again in case you have forgotten
- Trainer will also look over technique of the exercise
- Add or take any exercises out of the program if they are too hard, need more variety or even want more of a challenge
Week four: nutrition
- Trainer will discuss any eating habits that you might want to change
- Please be aware we do not set diets
- Trainer can give advice on what may assist in achieving your goals
Week five: health profile check two
- Record weight and measurements
- Discuss new program
- Record and new injuries or medical conditions
Personal training (additional cost to membership)
- Personal training is available to members and to non-members for an extra fee
- These sessions are 30min long at a cost of $40 each or $300 for 10x30min sessions
Small group personal training (additional cost to membership)
- 1-hour training session is $70 and the cost can be split between 1- 5 participants.
Group fitness and aqua classes
Classes finish 22 December 2018 and recommence 7 January 2019.
Classes are listed below or you can download the Group fitness timetable - Highfields (for print).
6am - RPM (45min)
8am - Aqua Aerobics
9.15am - Body Pump
5.45pm - Full Body Fitness
5.45pm - Body Balance
6am - Pilates Barre (45min)
8am - Zumba Gold
9.15am - On the Ball
10.30am - Pilates
5.45pm - Fit Box
5.45pm HIIT Aqua Aerobics
6am - Body Pump (45min)
7am - Active Bodies (45min)
8am - Stretch and Flex
9.15am - Body Step
10.30am - Body Balance
5.45pm - RPM (45min)
6.45pm - Pilates
6am - Metafit (30min)
8am - Aqua Aerobics
9.15am - Body Pump
5.45pm - Fit Box
6.45pm - Body balance
6am - Body Step (45mins)
8am - Move and Groove
9.15am - RPM
10.30am - Pilates
5.45pm - Weekend Kickstarter
7am - POW
8am - Body Pump
8am - Aqua Aerobics
Les Mills BODYPUMP
A fun choreographed weight based class that’ll have you pressing, squatting and lifting your way to a healthy you. Designed to burn high amounts of calories as well as improving your overall strength.
Les Mills BODYBALANCE
Stressful day? Body balance combines the best of eastern disciplines, like yoga and Tai chi, with popular new methods such as Pilates to leave you feeling relaxed and invigorated.
Les Mills BODYSTEP
Combining excellent music and simple movements on and around a step, Les Mills Body Step promises a whole body fat burning workout like no other. An energy packed class for all fitness levels that’ll “step you up” to a new and fitter you.
Les Mills RPM
This indoor cycling routine takes you on a ride through the hills, up mountain ranges, speeding around the velodrome and into furious time trials without leaving the room. Our instructors promise a fat burner workout like no other.
Stretch and Flex
Stretch and Flex combines stretching, muscle strengthening and relaxation techniques to deliver a well rounded program aimed at improving your mobility and well-being.
A fun, full body session that combines a variety of martial arts techniques with cardio training for a workout that’s bound to be a HIT!
Combines Pilates, yoga and sports conditioning into one upbeat and fun class. Barre will improve fitness, strength, flexibility and balance.
Strong Box is a twist on Fit Boxing that combines all the usual techniques but takes a more power centred approach. Unleash your inner fighter by working on combinations and power strikes. Put the Kick, back into your training.
On the Ball – Fit ball Class
A unique and fun approach to fitness using fitness balls to balance, shape and strengthen your body. The movements are easy to follow and have a functional design to provide a cardio-intensive workout while strengthening and toning muscles.
A total body workout which will improve strength, lean muscle tone and flexibility with a core focus. From beginners to athletes, Pilates has something to offer everyone.
Ditch the workout and join the party. This total workout combines cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility, energy and a serious dose of awesome.
A low impact exercise class aimed at improving your overall strength, fitness and mobility. This class is great for those who are just starting out, carrying injuries or are looking for a whole body workout without the joint impact.
The original Zumba workout modified for anyone beginning their fitness journey or concerned about high impact exercise.
Move & Groove
This class is a combination of strength, cardio and core to burn calories while helping to improve your balance and coordination. Move and Groove along to a mixture of old and new music in this low impact, fun dance based class.
This high energy, high intensity choreographed HIIT session utilises a range of body weight and plyometric training methods to shred calories. This class is great for those looking to maximize their results in minimum time.
On the move
Combining exercises, walking/jogging this class utilises the regions terrain to provide a workout with a difference. Catered for all fitness levels on the move is a great way to start your Saturday
A fun total body workout utilising a range of different exercises and techniques to get your heart pumping and muscles working. Get you weekend started the right way with this highly energising and motivating workout. Suitable for all fitness levels.
Full Body Fitness
Full body fitness is a circuit based class that utilises a range of different training techniques to improve your strength and incinerate calories. Suitable for all fitness levels, this high energy session will help you get the most out of your workout.
A low impact session combines a mixture of old and new aqua techniques to provide you with a whole body workout. Suitable for all fitness levels this session will get you smiling and having fun while shaping a fitter and healthier you.
Using the natural resistance of the water, this high intensity interval session will challenge you to push through your barriers to achieve a new level of workout. Suitable for all fitness levels this fun water class is a must try this season.
Start your weekend off with a POW! This session mixes boxing with full body training techniques to get you up and energised for the day ahead.
Bootcamp programs are run by qualified trainers, it is a military inspired team based exercise program designed to push yourself to your limits. Enjoy working out in a fun and supportive environment with team mates to provide support as you work together through each weeks challenges.
Cost: Free for members. Non-members can purchase visits passes. Pass prices can be found in the Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre - gym fees (gym and fitness facilities fees).
Days: Tuesday and Friday mornings at 6am - 7am
Contact: Call Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre on 46996530 for more information or to book. Bookings are essential as places are limited to 30 participants. Venues will vary and trainers will provide precise locations.
The InBody scanner is located at at Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre and is available to members of Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre and non members.
The InBody composition analysis machine can provide a detailed description and print out of skeletal muscle mass, body fat in kilograms, total body fat percentage, visceral fat, total body water, segmental muscle and fat analysis, bone mineral content and also basal metabolic rate. The scan only takes 15-20 minutes and is completed, fully clothed.
This scan can help in monitoring fitness goals, weight loss and weight gain.
MBAC/HFR members: $25 per scan
Non-members: $35 per scan
Please contact staff at the centre on 4688 6330 or email us to book an appointment for your scan.
Downs Little Lifeguards is a fun and educational drowning prevention program for children aged 9-17 years and their parents/guardians. Our main focus is to educate children and their guardians about potential dangers and survival strategies to combat these dangers, encourage confidence through hands-on experience and provide knowledge so everyone can help to save a life. The program is run by Royal Lifesaving volunteers and Toowoomba Region Aquatic and Fitness staff. This is not a learn to swim program.
- Children must be 9yrs to 17yrs of age.
- Children and adults must be capable of swimming 50m continuously (adults- if participating in water activities).
- The program cost of $15 per location must be paid.
- An adult must be responsible for a child or group of children on the day.
- We encourage adults to volunteer either in the water, on land as spotters or assisting with the BBQ/refreshments.
- Children will split into two age groups 9-12 years and 13-17 years. Parents please note that siblings may be separated to meet age group requirements. This allows for 2 levels of activities.
- Children are encouraged to wear the Downs Little Lifeguard rash shirt which can be purchased at a cost of $25 (if a rash shirt is owned from a previous program, please wear it on the day).
How to apply
To join the Downs Little Lifeguards program you can:
- Fill in the online form: Pools - Downs Little Lifeguards application form (online) or
- Print out, fill in and return the PDF form: Downs Little Lifeguard registration form
Dam Busters Day - 24 February 2019
Lake Moogerah, Lake Moogerah Caravan Park, 170 Ski Zone Road, Moogerah
9am - 3pm
Beach Experience Day - 10 March 2019
Miami Surf Life Saving Club, Miami Beach
In March 2018 the Dam Busters day was held at Leslie Dam YMCA camp. Families experienced fun and safe recreational play using water trampolines and kayaking. Children were required to work as a team to assist peers to climb onto the trampolines and kayaks in deep water, then practice rescue techniques using contact and non-contact tows, unconscious rescues (role played) and CPR.
In February 2018 families joined us at Miami Beach Surf Life Saving Club and enjoyed a hot day at the beach. The morning involved children battling it out in beach sprints, learning to body board, ride in waves and climb to the lookout to identify rips and current changes.
The afternoon saw children and adults join teams and participate in relays using boogie boards and fighting the currents. A brilliant day was had by all!
In February 2017 families travelled to Leslie Dam YMCA Outdoor Education Centre and engaged in a full day dam experience. Children and adults learned CPR and the dangers in and around dams, weirs and water channels in theory sessions.
Participants practised rescues and survival methods using everyday items commonly used at dams during recreation such as esky’s, paddle boards, kayaks, inflatable tubes, ropes and personal flotation devices.
In October/November 2015 children and adults participated in a 2-day pool course and a day trip to Neptune Royal Surf Life Saving Club where the focus was on tidal change, currents, rips and river swimming.
In February/March 2014 children and adults were involved in a 4 session program where 3 sessions were held in the pool learning rescues, tows, treading water, swimming with clothes and survival techniques.
A day trip was held at Neptune Royal Surf Life Saving Club where children practised what was learned in the pool while incorporating the natural elements of the tides, rips, and currents.
In August 2017, the Downs Little Lifeguards program won the National Aquatic Industry - Excellence in Aquatic Safety Public Messaging and Education.
The creche at Highfields Fitness & Recreation Centre is available for your child/children to play in a safe and friendly environment which is fully supervised by qualified staff.
The creche is open from 8.30am to 11.30 Monday to Friday. The creche is closed public holidays and for two weeks over Christmas.
Bookings are essential as places are limited. Please book by contacting us on 4699 6530.
A price list for our creche services can be found in the fees and charges.
Parties at Highfield's Fitness & Recreation Centre are $12 per child and a party host can be supplied to entertain party guests for two hours for $55 per host. For groups of 8-15 children, one host is required. For 16 children or more, two hosts are required. We offer pool parties and indoor sports and traverse climbing wall parties.
A $30.00 non-refundable deposit is required when booking.
- admission to the centre for children attending the party
- parents and grandparents of the birthday child enter the facility at no extra charge
- bag of lollies
- hot foods
- cold drinks
How to book
For availability, additional information and bookings contact 4699 6530 or email us.
All that you need for training or leisure in the gym or pool is here at the Pro Shop. We are conveniently located inside the main entrance. Items are competitively priced, with new stock arriving regularly.
- Swim caps
- Nose clips
- Pool buoys
- Kick boards
- Rash shirts
- Swim bags
- Sun cream
The traverse rock climbing wall is available for bookings. Cost is $2 for casual entry. The wall is 2.4 m high and is 6m in length. The fun and challenge of a traverse wall is making it from one side to the other, rather than to the top. Students are never more than a few feet off the floor as they traverse, or climb across, the wall. No ropes or harnesses are needed.
Perfect for birthday party entertainment, family challenge or to get the children active indoors. For bookings and open times contact the centre.
Group bookings are also available.
Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre run holiday activities over the Christmas, June/July and September school holiday breaks. We have two exciting activities on offer these school holidays. Details about these activities can be found below.
How to enrol
To enrol you can:
- Fill in our online form Pools - School holiday activity enrolment form (online) or
- Come to the centre.
Christmas Holiday Program runs 17 - 21 December and 14 - 18 January.
Mix Mash Sports
Our popular school holiday experience where children make great friends, play a bunch of sports games and problem solve through treasure hunts and fitness challenges. Games may include European handball, a climbing wall, basketball, soccer, volleyball, dodge ball and more.
Time: 9 am–10 am
- $35 for 1 week
- $60 for 2 weeks
Ages: 6 -16 years
Learn to swim intensive program
Waves Swim School is running learn to swim lessons for children aged 2 years during the September and Christmas holiday periods only. To enrol, fill in the Pools - Waves Swim School application form (online).
Time: 9 am -11 am
Waves Swim School education program
The Waves Swim School aquatic education program at Highfields Fitness & Recreation Centre is divided into learning to swim and squad programs. To find the appropriate swim level, participants are assessed by staff. To book an assessment contact us. Before booking into Waves swim school, please read the terms and conditions.
Participants will be assessed by our staff to find the most suitable level.
The Waves Swim School aquatic education program is registered with Austswim/Swim Australia. Our programs cater for children 2 years and older run from the heated 25-metre pool and
Cost: $14 for the first child per lesson, $13.00 for the second child and $12 for three or more children in the same family.
Times: Swim school operates from 3 pm to 6 pm on Fridays and 8.30 am to 12 pm Saturdays throughout spring and summer (school terms 1 and 4). During the winter months, families can enrol at our Milne Bay Toowoomba venue.
Booking: Book by filling in the Pools - Waves Swim School application form (online).
Our swim school Waves, is registered with Austswim/Swim Australia.
Disability water safety lessons
Our disability water safety program aims to teach people with specialised needs to become more water aware, to be safer in and near water and develop swimming skills.
Adult learn to swim
Whether you want to learn to swim, need help with technique or after private lessons, we offer adult swimming lessons for all levels.
For one week each term, Waves Swim School run a 'safety week' when children take part in activities designed to teach them how to keep safe in aquatic environments. During this week children participate in circuits that involve wearing personal floating devices (life vests), using various flotation aids like balls and eskys, basic rescues using clothing and towels, treading water and swimming through currents and more.
Swimming carnivals at Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre
Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre is perfectly set up for swimming carnivals and swimming trials.
Several factors are considered prior to conducting major events. These include:
- Interruption to facility use by HFR members. General guidelines have been developed to reduce the impact of major events on members of HFR and the general community utilising HFR.
- Disruption to local businesses. General guidelines have also been developed to reduce the impact of major events on local businesses. Cooperation, planning and effective communication are key elements to successful major events. HFR’s aquatic team leader is available to assist in planning your event.
- 16 January: Inter Club Swim Meet
- 31 January: Mary McKillop Christian College
- 7 February: Highfields State Secondary College
- 28 February: Highfields State School
- 13 March: Toowoomba Christian College (Junior)
- 29 March: Meringandan State School
- 25 October: Toowoomba Christian College (Senior)
How to book
To book for a swimming carnival or trial, simply use the Pools - School or club swimming carnival booking form (online).
Before booking HFR for a swimming carnival or trials, please read the following information below or print out the Swimming carnival guide for schools and clubs (PDF).
Swimming carnival guide for schools and clubs
The following facilities are included for use:
- 8 lane, 25 metre outdoor heated pool
- Shaded, grassed areas of aquatic facility
- Aquatic change rooms/toilet facilities. Change room congestion is greatly reduced when students wear their swimwear to the centre.
Fees and charges
Fees can be found in the Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre fees and charges - online application.
All swimmers/ competitors (and spectators/parents if requested) will be counted and an invoice will be issued upon confirmation of competitor numbers of carnival. Teachers and officials will not be charged.
The centre provides the following equipment for school carnival use:
- 16 chairs / 4 tables
- PA system (fix location)
- False start rope
- Lifeguard (s)
- Starting blocks / lane ropes
No other equipment is available.
Public address system
The public address system (fixed location) can be provided for marshalling and general announcement purposes. The busy carnival season at HFR creates some hardship for businesses. Minimal use of the PA system assists in alleviating the distress of our neighbours.
The user group shall provide public liability insurance to the value of $10 000 000. The hirer must provide the centre with a copy of this insurance note when filling in the booking form.
Entry & exit to pool
School entry and exit to the centre is via the entry doors to the indoor centre and then through the gates leading out to the pool area. The teacher in charge is requested to ask at reception for the aquatics team leader, who will liaise with school staff throughout the carnival.
It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that all students are required to leave the centre at the completion of the carnival and exit via the entry gates. Students may not be dismissed from school activities within the perimeter confines of the centre. This requirement includes students dismissed into a parent’s care. Students wishing to re-enter the centre will be required to pay the standard entry fee.
Students are not permitted to congregate indoors. This area is designated out of bounds. Students are restricted to outdoor facilities. It is anticipated that the school’s duty roster will make provision for the posting of teachers at each entry door to HFRs indoor facilities to supervise this restriction
The outdoor area is closed to the general public up to an hour prior to the carnival and up to an hour post carnival.
Student code of conduct
We realise that ‘out of school days’ create an atmosphere of excitement and freedom from the general daily routine. The behaviour and demeanour of students is expected to be respectful of the fact that HFR is a community activity facility. Centre members, other school groups, parents with young children and older adults will be using the centre at the same time as the school. Students are expected to observe and abide by the safety rules and restrictions in place.
All swimmers/competitors must wear appropriate swimming attire; this includes nylon, lycra materials and excludes cotton, denim and polyester. A swimmer/competitor found not wearing appropriate swimwear will be asked to exit the water. Crepe paper/body paint / coloured zinc are NOT to be brought into the centre.
Refreshments and food
The cafe at HFR offers a range of food and refreshments to teachers and students. When placing your booking please advise if students will be permitted to purchase from the cafe. This will enable the café coordinator to roster extra staff for your event.
The sale of food by the school is strictly prohibited. Prior approval for fundraising activities such as raffles, sausage sizzles and display of advertising materials must be gained at the time of booking.
Disposal of litter
Ample rubbish bins will be in place during the busy carnival season. The grounds and facilities at HFR will be clean and ready for use. We request that schools take time prior to departure to ensure all litter and rubbish is placed in the bins provided.
Any damage to any part of the centre by any person belonging to the user group will be the responsibility of the user group. If at any time the centre is left in a damaged condition then the user group will be responsible for the payment of a repairers charge. This fee is payable within 7 working days of the issue of invoice.
School staff will be required for a variety of roles throughout the day. These will include:
- Supervision - A roster of duty teachers, to ensure restricted areas are maintained and safety guidelines are observed. A duty roster should include:
- regular checks of the indoor area (sports hall, change rooms, café).
- close supervision of students if they are required to enter the main building.
- close supervision of lawn areas, including regular checks of the aquatic change rooms.
- administering first aid as required. The user group must have at least one first aid officer present with relevant qualifications.
- Marshalling - A minimum of two school staff members will be required for marshalling duties for all events. The area adjacent to the pool concourse (at the deep end) is reserved for marshalling or deep end section of the grandstand.
- Event officials:
- Announcer - to use the public address system to call students for marshalling to events
- Starter - to operate the starting hooter for events.
- Timekeepers - to time students competing in each event. At least one person will be required per student in each event.
- Recorders - to record place winners for each event. At least one person for the first four place winners in each event.
Free time / free swimming / recreational swimming
Under NO circumstances is ‘free swimming’, ‘free pool play’ or recreational swimming permitted. The facility is hired for the specific purpose of conducting competitive swimming events where the maximum number of students in the pool at any one time is 8. At no time will the toddler’s pool be open for recreational swimming, during this hire period.
Free swimming, free playtime or recreational swimming is unstructured and difficult to supervise in a hazardous environment and is deemed detrimental to safe risk management strategies. Full cooperation with this policy is anticipated. A failure to cooperate may result in the school being asked to cease all activity or result in restrictions being placed on the day’s events.
We have two BBQ's and a large grassed area that is perfect for birthday parties, family gatherings and break-up parties. All you have to bring is some cooking utensils, some chairs and a picnic blanket to enjoy a great day out. And don't forget - if you would like to swim, you must wear appropriate swimwear.
Please bring plastic glasses as no glass wear is permitted. Alcohol is also not allowed.
Booking period maximum 2 hours and bookings are essential to save any disappointment.
To book, please fill in the Pools - BBQ and outdoor space enquiry (Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre.