Classes and activities at Highfields Fitness & Recreation Centre

The Highfields Fitness and Recreation centre has a range of activities and classes available in the pool and at the gym. See below for more information.

View our pool fees and charges (Open 'Community Development, Facilities & Tourism - search 'pools')

Upcoming events & offers

Award winning Downs Little Lifeguards program dates to be released soon

Dates for the up coming summer seasons Downs Little Lifeguard program will be released in September. Scroll down to the blue slider below to read about the past programs and to complete an application form expressing your interest. 

Pools re-open September 4

Our outdoor pools open Monday 4 September for the swim season.

Times: 6 am - 6 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

           6 am - 5.45 pm Wednesday 

           7 am - 6 pm Saturday and Sunday 

Special offer on swim season passes  

Get set for summer and have a BBQ on us! Purchase a family season pass and receive 3 free BBQ vouchers OR purchase 2 adult season passes and receive 2 free BBQ vouchers. Terms and conditions apply. Call 4699 6530 or email us to purchase. This could also be a great gift idea! 

Taking bookings and assessments for Waves swim school - 1 September 

Time to plan for term 4 and the swim season by getting your application into the Waves swim school. Applications and further information can now be done online through the Waves Swim School blue slider below or by calling 4699 6330. Assessments will be conducted prior to the commencement of term 4 for new families. 

September School holiday programs

We have three exciting activities on offer these school holidays from 18 - 30 September 2017.

  • Children aged 10 to 15 years can now join parents/carers in our group fitness classes morning, noon and night.
  • Mix Mash Sports is our after school holiday experience where children make great friends, play a bunch of sports games and problem solve through treasure hunts and fitness challenges.
  • Our learn to swim September intensive program is designed to assist children in getting back into the water after the winter season.

More information can be found in the blue school holiday activity slider below. Bookings can be made at reception, by calling 4699 6530 or by emailing us.    

Adult SwimFit classes

We are taking expressions of interest for adult swim fitness training sessions to be run at the pool. These classes are designed for everyday people wanting to improve their swimming technique and general fitness. If you would like to show expression of interest please contact us.

Strength series - Monday 14 August & 11 September   

This strength series covers a broad range of strength training methods and exercises to boost your strength and increase muscle mass. The next 2 sessions will cover bench press and deadlifts. You can attend one session or put your name down for both, if you are keen! There are 2 session times available each day: 

  • 5.30 pm - 6.45 pm
  • 6.45 pm - 8 pm 

Sessions are limited to 10 persons per session. You can book in at the gym desk, email us or phone 4699 6530.

Delicious protein balls now available at the cafe

Kym is the new cook in town (HFR town) and she is smashing out some amazing healthy recipes! Come in and try our 3 flavours; white mocha, peanut butter and chocolate. Protein balls are sold in the cafe cold box for $1.50 each or 6 for $7.

Pool closed for winter 

The Highfields pool closed for winter on Thursday 13 April and aims to reopen mid-September for the summer season.   

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O'Brien Road, Highfields

Contact details

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
  • playground
  • basketball court
  • kiosk

Centre opening hours

Winter hours from 18 April to September 2017 are:

  • Monday to Friday 6am - 8.30pm
  • Saturday 7am - 4pm
  • Sunday 7am - 4pm
  • Public holidays: times may vary

Gym opening hours

Winter hours from 18 April to September 2017 are:

  • Monday to Friday 6am - 8.30pm
  • Saturday 7am - 4pm
  • Sunday 7am - 4pm

Pool opening hours

Open between September and April. The pool will close 13 April 2017 for the winter season.

  • Monday 6am - 6pm
  • Tuesday 6am - 6pm
  • Wednesday 6am - 5.45pm (Highfield's swimming club 5.45pm - 8.30pm, school terms 1 and 4)
  • Thursday 6am - 6pm
  • Friday 6am - 6pm
  • Saturday to Sunday 7am - 6pm

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. Information about swimming pool and gym fees can be found in our fees & charges. The toddlers water slide does not operate during school swimming lessons. Please see staff for dates and times. 

Membership inclusions

Face to face program: one, half hour session once a week for a total of five 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

-   Free training programs every 6-8 weeks

-   Free skinfolds

-   Free weigh and measures every 6-8 weeks

Personal training

  • 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

  • 1-hour training session is $70 and the cost can be split between 1- 5 participants.

Group fitness

  • Indoor/outdoor training
  • Spin classes, boxing, circuit style training
  • Various times and days
  • LesMills classes

Contact 4699 6530

Group fitness and aqua classes

The winter timetable is now available. Classes are listed below or you can download the group fitness autumn/winter timetable.

Monday - RPM

8am - Active bodies

9am - Body pump

5.40pm - HIT circuit


6am - Pilates Barre 

8am - Zumba Gold

9am - Zumba

10.15am - Pilates

5.40pm - Fit Boxing

6.40pm - Body balance


6am - CX worx

8am - Stretch and flex

9am - Body step

10.15am - Body balance

5.40pm - RPM

6.40pm - Pilates


6am - Body pump (45min)

8am - Active Bodies

9am - Body pump 

5.40pm - Strong Boxing 

6.40pm - Body balance


6am - LesMills Body Step

8am - Move and Groove

9am - Pilates Barre

10.15am - Pilates

5.40pm - Zumba


8am- On the Move

8am - Body pump


Class information

Pilates – A total body workout which will improve strength, lean muscle tone and flexibility with a core focus. Suitable for all fitness levels.

Les Mills body pump – Is the original barbell class that strengthens your entire body. Les Mills body pump is proven to be “the world’s fastest way to get in shape” by research, which has confirmed higher than expected fat-burning effects alongside endurance, strength and wellness benefits.

Les Mills BodyBalance – Bodybalance® combines the best of eastern disciplines, like yoga and tai chi, with popular new methods such as pilates.

Les Mills body step – Is the energizing step workout that makes you feel liberated and alive. Using a height-adjustable step and simple movements on, over and around, you’ll push fatburning systems into high gear. Your legs will love it...eventually.

Les Mills RPM – is the indoor cycling routine workout where you ride to the rhythm of powerful music. Take on the terrain with your inspiring trainer who leads the pack through hills, flats, mountain peaks, time trials, and interval training. 

Les Mills CX worx – Based on cutting-edge scientific research and is the ultimate way to get a tight and toned core. 

Fit Boxing – Focuses on techniques and aerobic conditioning combine to give you a total body workout. Catered for all levels of fitness.

Strong Boxing – Focuses on techniques, strength, and power combinations combined to give you a total body workout. Catered for all levels of fitness.

Active bodies – This class is a great way for all participants to begin their fitness journey. Using a broad variety of equipment and exercises, you will leave feeling stronger, fitter and with a smile on your face. Great for beginners or anyone who wants a slower paced workout.

Stretch and Flex – is based around the aspects of combining the following: stretching, strengthening muscles and relaxation throughout the session, which gives an overall rounded program to
assist in mobility and well-being.

Pilates Barre - Combines Pilates, yoga and sports conditioning into one entire class. Barre will improve fitness, strength, flexibility and balance with an up beat fun focus. 

Zumba - Ditch the workout, join the party. A total workout, combine all elements of fitness - cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave the class. 

Zumba Gold – Is the original Zumba workout modified for anyone beginning their fitness journey or concerned with high impact exercise.

On the Move - Is a perfect way to start your morning. Explore Highfields by walking, jogging or running depending on your fitness level. 

Move and Groove - Is an aerobic style class combined with a Latin inspired dance theme. A highly motivating fun and inclusive workout to great music whilst building fitness and burning calories. Great workout for anyone beginning their fitness journey or concerned with high impact exercise.   

Bootcamp programs are run by qualified trainers, who aim to challenge the mind and body through aerobic and cardio training, increasing mobility and improving muscular endurance. Bootcamp class runs throughout the year.

Cost: Free for members. Non-members can purchase visits passes.

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.

In-Body scanner at Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre

The In-Body 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.

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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.

In order to be involved, the program cost of $60 must be paid and children must be competent in swimming 50 metres. The children may experience pool sessions and day trips to the dam, creek or ocean over the course of the program.

The program highlights four key areas:

  • Survival swimming and water safety
  • Rescue and recovery techniques
  • Aquatic environments and dangers
  • Ocean, dam and creek awareness

To find out when the next program starts contact the centre on 4688 6330 or send us an email.

How to apply

To join the Downs Little Lifeguards program you can:


Past programs

downslittlelifeguardgrouponbeachIn 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 Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club where children practised what was learned in the pool while incorporating the natural elements of the tides, rips, and currents. 

lifesavingcraftwithadultsandchildrenIn October/November, 2015 children and adults participated in a 2 day pool course and a day trip to Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club where the focus was on tidal change, currents, rips and river swimming.

downs little lifeguards dam dayIn February 2017 families traveled 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 practiced 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.

August 2017

WINNER of 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 8am to 11.30am Monday and Thursday and 8.30am to 11.30 Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  The creche is closed public holidays and for two weeks over Christmas. Bookings are essential as places are limited. A price list for our creche services can be found in the community development and facilities fees & charges (Open 'Community Development, Facilities & Tourism - search 'creche') and bookings can be made by contacting us on 4699 6530.

Movies occur throughout the year at Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre in the sports hall. Keep watch for the upcoming movie nights.

Everyone is welcome, bring camp chairs, picnic rugs or bean bags. The cafe is open for snacks and drinks including popcorn, frozen drinks and sweets.

Movie tickets cost:

  • $10 adult
  • $8 children
  • $30 family pass (2 adults up to 3 children)

Tickets are on sale at reception or can be booked by calling reception on 4699 6530 and using a credit card.

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.

Parties include:

  • 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.

Items include:

  • gym wear
  • swim caps
  • goggles
  • nose pieces
  • flippers
  • pool buoys
  • kick boards
  • swimmers
  • rash shirts
  • sports bags
  • swim bags
  • sun cream

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The traverse rock climbing wall is available every Sunday 1-3 pm through September to March. Cost is $2 for casual entry. The wall is 2.4 m high and is 6 m 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 school holiday breaks. To book, come into the centre, call us on 4699 6530 or send us an email. We have three exciting activities on offer these school holidays.


Kids in group fitness classes (18 to 30 September)

Children aged 10 to 15 years can now join parents/carers in group fitness classes morning, noon and night over the holiday period. This may include boxing, pilates, Zumba, body balance, cycle classes and more.

Time: As per the group fitness autumn/winter timetable.

Cost:  $30 for 1 week 

         $50 for 2 weeks 

Ages: 10 -15 years


Mix mash sports (18 to 29 September)

Mix Mash Sports is our sort-after 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

Cost: $30 for 1 week 

         $50 for 2 weeks 

Ages: 6 -16 years


Learn to swim intensive program (25 to 29 September) 

Waves swim school is running learn to swim lessons for children aged 2 years. Enroll the children in the intensive program to kick start their swim season. Just fill in the Pools - Waves Swim School application form (online).

Time: 9 am -11 am 

Cost: $65 

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sports hall children holiday program

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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.

Cost: $13 for the first child per lesson, $12.50 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 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. 

Safety week

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.

Child SwimFit classes

Child SwimFit classes are offered after school on Tuesday and Thursday. The squads are broken into 3 levels and cater for children wanting general fitness through to those competing in swimming carnivals.   

Adult SwimFit classes

We are taking expressions of interest for adult swim fitness training sessions to be run at the pool. These classes are designed for everyday people wanting to improve their swimming technique and general fitness. The training sessions are performed at your own pace and have been designed to provide stroke development and stroke correction. These sessions are a great way to improve cardio-respiratory fitness and endurance. It is also a great all over body workout; increasing core strength and muscle tone, in a non-impact environment.

If you would like to show expression of interest please contact us 

School holiday program (25 to 29 September) 

Waves swim school is running learn to swim lessons over the school holidays. Enroll the children in the intensive program to kick start their swim season. Simply fill out the Pools - Waves Swim School application form (online) to book.

Time: 9am -11.00am 

Cost: $65 

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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 

How to book

To book for a swimming carnival or trail, 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

Available facilities

The following facilities are included for use:

  • 8 lane, 25 metre outdoor heated pool
  • Shaded, grassed areas of aquatic facility
  • Grandstand
  • 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 Community Development, Facilities & Tourism fees and charges (search for 'carnivals'). 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.

Public liability

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.

Area restrictions

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

General public

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.

Swimming attire

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 swim wear 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

School staff will be required for a variety of roles throughout the day. These will include:


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.


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 a lovely BBQ and 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.

To book, please fill in the Pools - BBQ and outdoor space enquiry (Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre.

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