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 and gym fees and charges here.

Upcoming events & offers

Upcoming public holidays opening hours

Please note there will be no group fitness classes or creche operating during these times.

  • Thursday 30 March (Toowoomba show holiday) - 9am to 5pm
  • Friday 14 April (Good Friday) - closed
    Saturday 15 April (Easter Saturday) - 9am to 5pm
    Sunday 16 April (Easter Sunday) - 9am to 5pm
    Monday 17 April (Easter Monday) - 9am to 5pm
  • Thursday 25 April (Anzac Day) - 1pm - 5pm

Aqua aerobics classes now on Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 8am

Join us over summer to cool off while also working up a sweat! No need to book but remember to bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen and swimwear.

Swimming carnivals 

Wednesday 25 January sees the start of our swimming carnival season. Over the next few months schools and swimming clubs will hold their carnivals in the 25m pool. Please plan your lap swimming around these times to allow these little champions a chance to race. We wish them the best of luck! See the times and dates for the swimming carnivals on the slider below.

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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 to September 2016 

Monday to Friday: 6am - 8:30pm

Saturday: 7am - 4pm

Sunday: 7am - 4pm

Public holidays: times may vary

Gym opening hours

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 - 7pm

Tuesday: 6am - 7pm

Wednesday: 6am - 5.45pm (Highfield's swimming club 5.45pm - 8.30pm, school terms 1 and 4)

Thursday: 6am - 7pm

Friday: 6am - 7pm

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 can either be 30 or 45 minutes

Small group personal training

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

Difference between bootcamp and fitness classes


  • Outdoor training
  • Utilises battling ropes, car tyres, sledge hammers and other challenging but fun equipment
  • 30 participants committed to a 10 week period
  • Two mornings a week (Tuesday and Friday at 6am)
  • Two trainers are present to make sure all participants work to the best of their ability

Group fitness

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

Bootcamp cost

  • Free to members
  • Casual visitors are to pay the casual rate for a group fitness class

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 summer timetable PDF.

Monday - RPM

8am - Active bodies

9am - Body pump

10.15am - Body balance

5.40pm - HIT circuit


6am - Bootcamp challenge 

8am - Zumba Gold

9am - Zumba

10.15am - Pilates

5.40pm - Combat 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 - H20 HIT

9am - Body pump 

5.40pm - Combat Boxing

6.40pm - Body balance


6am - Bootcamp challenge

8am - Active Bodies

9am - Pilates Barre

10.15am - Pilates

5.40pm - Zumba


8am- H20 HIT

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. 

Boot camp – Old school fitness, lots of hard work and lots of fun! Using a variety of techniques such as bodyweight, tyres, ropes and lifting. You won’t leave disappointed.

Combat boxing – Boxing techniques and aerobic conditioning combine to give you a total body workout. Easy, fun and physically challenging, this is designed to give you a workout but also to build confidence, strength and balance as well as burning calories. Catered for all levels of fitness.

Stretch and flex – This class 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 wellbeing.

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.

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, combing all elements of fitness - cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave the class. 

Bootcamps are now apart of out every day group fitness timetable run by qualified trainers, who aim to challenge the mind and body through aerobic and cardio training, increase mobility and improve muscular endurance. The sessions include outdoor exercises such as battle ropes, tyres, slosh balls, medicine balls, kettle bells, body weight exercises and boxing type fitness exercises.

Cost: Free for members. Non-members 2x 10 visit pass ($220 in total)

Days: Tuesday and Friday mornings at 6am-7am

Contact Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre on 4699 6530 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.

Milne Bay now has an InBody composition analysis machine which 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 15-20minutes and is completed fully clothed.

This 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 to book an appointment for your scan to be completed.

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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 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 Highfields 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. 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 are running holiday activities over the school holiday breaks. To book, come into the centre, call us on 4699 6530 or send us an email.

School holiday activities - 3 to 7 April 2017

Book by contacting reception staff on 4699 6530. Discount rate: $50 to join both programs.


Kid’s active program, fitness games and water sports

The ‘Kids active program’ promotes good health and fitness while having fun and getting involved in mini boxing, water sports, fitness games and body weight training which will lead to happy and healthier kids.

Time: 9.30am-10.15am

Cost: $30 for the 5 day program

Age: 8-16 years


Mix mash sports

Children can enjoy all the sports the hall has to offer including European handball, climbing wall, basketball, soccer, volleyball, dodge ball and more.

Time: 10.30am–11.15am

Cost: $30 for a 5 day program

Ages: 6-11 years and 12-16 years

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The waves swim school aquatic education program at Highfields Fitness & Recreation Centre is divided into learn to swim and squad programs. To find the appropriate swim level, participants are assessed by staff. To book an assessment contact us.

Cost: $12 for the first child per lesson, $11.50 for the second child and $11 for three or more children in the same family. 

Times: Swim school operates from 3.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday and Thursdays and 8.30am to 12pm 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 coming into reception or calling Highfields Fitness & Recreation Centre on 4696 6530.

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.

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