Classes and activities at Highfields Fitness & Recreation Centre (pool and gym)

Highfields fitness class

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.

Fees and charges

Contact details

Please phone 4699 6530 to talk to staff. You can stay up-to-date with the latest news via the centre's Facebook page and Instagram account.


Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre is located on O'Brien Road, Highfields.

Upcoming events & offers

Bring a buddy for FREE in JUNE!  

Now is your chance to grab your buddy and bring them to the gym or a group fitness class for free. Members can collect their 'buddy pass' from a gym staff member. By doing so, we will place your name in a draw to WIN a $100 Coles Myer gift card.

The buddy pass entitles your buddy to one free session during the month of June. If your buddy signs up to a full centre membership we will knock 1/2 the price off their joining fee.

Members can use multiple buddy passes, however, a buddy can only attend once for free.

This promotion is open to gym and group fitness class participants only. Terms and conditions apply. The bring a buddy promotion runs from 1 June 2018 to 30 June 18. All buddy passes must be finalised by 30 June 2018.

Bootcamp challenge 

Our bootcamp challenge will take your health and fitness journey to the next level and challenge you mentally and physically. The bootcamp challenge will see trainers use an endless variety of training methods and styles to take you from where you are now to where you want to be.

It will be fun, engaging and can easily be adapted to all fitness levels. It’s also a great way to meet new people, learn more about fitness and build the healthy habits that will set you on the path to achieving your health and fitness goals.

Don’t delay, see the gym staff and sign up today or contact us on 4699 6530.

Kids fitness program - term 2 

The kids fitness program kicked off on Tuesday 24 April and will run for 10 weeks. This program is filled with a mixture of fitness, games, boxing, circuits and mini bootcamps. The program is designed for children aged 6-15 years to participate 1 or 2 times a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes run from 3.45pm to 4.30pm. Costs are $100 per child for 2 sessions a week or $70 per child for 1 session a week. There are discounts available for families with multiple children and late starters.

Contact reception staff for bookings by email or by contacting us on 4699 6530. 



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

Fees and charges

Centre opening hours

Winter opening hours are from April 2018 to September 2018:

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

Gym opening hours

Winter opening hours are from April 2018 September 2018:

  • 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 6.00pm - 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.

2. Group fitness

  • Indoor/outdoor training
  • Spin classes, boxing, pilates, circuit style training and aerobics
  • LesMills classes
  • Metafit
  • 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.

3. Aquatics

  • 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 are listed below or you can download the Group fitness timetable - Highfields (for print)


6am -  RPM (45min)

8am - Active Bodies 

9.15am - Body Pump

5.40pm - Total Body Workout 

5.40pm - Body Balance

6.40pm - Bro-Lates


6am - Pilates Barre (45min)

6am - Bootcamp

8am - Zumba Gold

9.15am - On the Ball 

10.30am - Pilates

5.40pm - Fit Box


6am - Battle of the Bands (45min)

8am - Stretch and Flex

9.15am - Body Step

10.30am - Body Balance

5.40pm - RPM (45min)

6.40pm - Pilates


6am - Metafit (30min)

9.15am - Body Pump 

5.40pm - Strong Boxing 

6.40pm - Body balance


6am - Body Step (45mins)

6am - Boocamp

8am - Move and Groove

9.15am - RPM

10.30am - Pilates

5.40pm - Zumba


7am - Total Body Blitz (45min)

8am - On the Move

8am - Body Pump


Class information

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.

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.

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.

Fit Boxing
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!

Pilates Barre
Combines Pilates, yoga and sports conditioning into one upbeat and fun class. Barre will
improve fitness, strength, flexibility and balance.

Strong Box
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.

Active Bodies
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.

Battle of the Bands
This new class combines the use of resistance bands, fit balls and mobility techniques to provide you with a holistic training experience. We will strengthen your body and also relieve tension, providing you with balance and mobility.

Zumba Gold
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.

Boot Camp
Bootcamp is a team based 10 week program combining old and new school training techniques to keep you engaged and motivated to the end.

GENTLEMEN! A total body workout to improve strength, lean muscle tone and flexibility with a core focus. Suitable for all fitness levels and designed specifically for the blokes!

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.

Total Body Workout (TBW)
TBW 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.

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

Now is your chance to grab your buddy and bring them to the gym or a group fitness class for free. Members can collect their 'buddy pass' from a gym staff. By doing so, we will place your name in a draw to WIN a $100 Coles Myer gift card.

The buddy pass entitles your buddy to one free session during the month of June. If your buddy signs up to a full centre membership we will knock 1/2 the price off their joining fee.

Members can use multiple buddy passes, however, a buddy can only attend once for free.

This promotion is open to gym and group fitness class participants only. Terms and conditions apply.

The bring a buddy promotion runs from 1 June 2018 to 30 June 18. All buddy passes must be finalised by 30 June 2018.


Terms and conditions

  1. The promoter is Milne Bay and Highfields Aquatic and Fitness Centres whose registered offices are at the Corner of Herries and Victoria Streets Toowoomba and 1 Obrien Road Highfields.
  2. Employees of Milne Bay and Highfields Aquatic and Fitness Centres or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  3. Route to entry for the competition and promotion and details of how to enter are via gym staff.
  4. Entries will only be accepted on the original bring a buddy card. Closing date for entry will be 30 June 2018. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  6. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows:
  7. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  8. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  9. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  10. Winners will be chosen by an independent adjudicator or panel of judges appointed by the promoter. Winners will need to show identification.
  11. The winner will be notified by phone or email. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  12. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
  13. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  14. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  15. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Australian law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Australia.
  16. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current Australian data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  17. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date on
  18. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions and Queensland entries excepted only.
  19. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Milne Bay and Highfields Aquatic and Fitness Centres and not to any other party.

Conditions of entry

Current members:

  1. Members are to see a trainer on duty to collect a 'buddy' pass.
  2. The member will need to provide their name, email, and best contact number as well as the name of the buddy they intend to bring along (if known).
  3. When the buddy submits the buddy pass to reception, completes requirements and attends a class or the gym the member will be entered into the draw to win the $100 Coles Myer gift card. Winner announced the 1st week of August 2018. Current passport members are able to enter the draw.
  4. The member is able to refer as many buddies as they like over the course of June.
  5. The member will receive one entry into the draw for each buddy that attends a class or gym.


  1. The buddy will receive the offer of trying out the gym or group fitness class free of charge by way of the “buddy pass” provided to them by their friend (the member).
  2. The buddy is required to bring along their 'buddy pass' and present it to the reception and complete a casual disclaimer form.
  3. The buddy will take his/her completed disclaimer form and the attached buddy pass to the trainer where their details will be recorded into the spreadsheet for follow up.
  4. The buddy is only entitled to 1 free visit throughout the buddy program period of June 2018.
  5. If the buddy becomes a financial full centre member before 1 July and is still a financial member come 31 August 2018 they will go into the draw to win a $100 Coles Myer gift card. The winner will be announced in the 1st week of September 2018.
  6. Buddies of current passport members can participate in the program in the way of receiving a referral and free trial, however if the buddy joins as a passport member they are not entitled to enter the draw to win $100 Coles Myer gift card.

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. 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.

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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. 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:



Past programs

dam busters day 2018 trampolineIn 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 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.



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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!  


downs little lifeguards dam day

In 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.



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. 


Award recognition

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. 

Open hours

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.

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. We offer pool parties and indoor sports and traverse climbing wall parties. 

A $30.00 non-refundable deposit is required when booking.

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:

  • swim caps
  • goggles
  • nose clips
  • flippers
  • pool buoys
  • kick boards
  • swimmers
  • rash shirts
  • swim bags
  • sun cream

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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 three exciting activities on offer these school holidays. Details about these activities can be found below.


How to enrol

To enrol you can:


  • Come into the centre.



Mix Mash Sports 

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 (September and Christmas holiday periods only) 

Waves swim school is running learn to swim lessons for children aged 2 years. To enrol fill in the Pools - Waves Swim School application form (online).

Time: 9 am -11 am 

Cost: $65 

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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.

Participants will be assessed by 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: $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. 


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.   

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. 


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.

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:

  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 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

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 Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre - pool fees only

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:

  1. 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.

  2. Marshaling - A minimum of two school staff members will be required for marshaling 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.

  3. Event officials:
    • Announcer - to use the public address system to call students for marshaling 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.

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