Marion Outdoor Pool | Outdoor Water Park & Waterslides | Review


Marion Outdoor Water Park with Pool and Waterslides

The Marion Outdoor Pool has been transformed into a $4.5 million water park including waterslides and super-fun water play.

Review by Carla Caruso

The Marion Outdoor Pool feels like a ‘mini holiday’ in your own backyard!  The 44-year-old pool was transformed into the biggest outdoor water park in southern Adelaide in 2020 (read more here). More than $1.9 million of new attractions were installed making it a must visit venue every summer.


  • 9 metre high tower with four slides
  • Giant tipping bucket containing 600L of water
  • 59 sqm play area with water jets
  • Shades, barbecues, landscaping, and paths
  • Balinese hut for hire for parties
  • Playground and outdoor gym
  • An expanded site, and a meeting room for hire. 

To ride the multi-slide, children need to be at least 90cm tall, and for the compact slide and aquatube, 120cm is the minimum height.

The giant tipping bucket emptying 600L of water with a huge splash!

Lots of fun with the water jets.

The Balinese hut is a great option to hire if planning to host a birthday party here.

Visitors can book to do lap swimming for an hour in the 50m, eight-lane, heated Olympic Pool. Or you can do ‘activities’ for two hours, covering the recreation zones and learner and toddler pools.

The two smaller pools are heated and fully shaded. The toddler pool has a maximum depth of 40cm and the middle pool is 60-90cm deep.

For the bigger kids, there’s also the 70m water slide, featuring a tunnel, and a speed slide where you can reach speeds of up to 31km an hour.


Bookings for general admission are recommended. 



The 2020 works completed a $4.5 million revamp of the pool, which began in 2018 and included an upgraded kiosk, renovated building, shade umbrellas, a renewed car park, and upgraded change rooms. The council provided $4.35 million of funding, and the State Government $150,000.

Pool Play Dates – Monday to Friday, during the school term

Marion’s Pool Play Dates are fab for those wanting to catch up poolside on weekdays during school hours. Suitable pool toys are provided in the toddlers’ pool and there’s additional shade around the outside for caregivers to sit and enjoy a coffee.

My boys had such a blast during their two-hour session one warm day after school. We even had an easy dinner there. The only challenge was dragging them away at the end! Afterwards, to further expend some energy, they had a play at the neighbouring Hendrie Street Reserve Playground too.

The kids left on an absolute high; it felt like we’d been away – no suitcases required!


What we like about the Marion Outdoor Pool

  • Access is easy-peasy with 155 car-parking spaces and parking for buses and motorbikes. Bike racks are located near the pool’s entrance too.
  • Lockers can be hired for a small charge, and patrons can also make use of the well-maintained changerooms and showers.
  • The kiosk on-site offers a wide range of hot and cold food and drinks.
  • The pool has disability facilities including accessible change rooms, toilets, and paths, plus a lift system, so patrons with physical disabilities can enjoy a dip in the Olympic Pool. Also nearby is the Hendrie Street Reserve Playground
  • Swimming classes are available on-site.

Things to consider

  • Your kids are bound to have so much fun they won’t want to leave! Tempting ‘bribes’ may be necessary ?
  • Bookings online are now essential due to COVID-19 safety measures – and only payments using tap-and-go or EFTPOS are accepted on-site. Click here to book online.
  • There are also now changes to the way people can use the pool including time limits, modified opening hours, and a new fee structure.

Coffee and food options nearby

There’s a kiosk on-site offering healthy options, as well as kids’ favourites like nuggets and hot dogs. Alternatively, you can head to nearby Westfield Marion to fuel up post-swim.


Review by Carla Caruso

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For more information, please visit the City of Marion council website.

What:   Marion Outdoor Pool – Review

When:   Open from October to April (view opening hours)

Where:   Oaklands Rd (corner Hendrie St) | Park Holme, South Australia

Who:   Everyone

All photos by Carla Caruso for Play & Go Adelaide 

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