The 10 Australian Hotel Pools That Should Be On Your Bucket List

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Eyeball-shaped skyscrapers as you take turns, swim under the Story Bridge, or sip a slushie pina colada poolside overlooking scenic vineyards. Take a dip in Australia’s 10 best hotel pools this summer.

Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort, Queensland

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Hayman Island has long drawn travelers with its iconic swimming pool sitting on a palm-fringed beach lapped by the cerulean seas of the Queensland Whitsundays. Renamed Hayman Island by InterContinental after a $ 135 million incarnation, the instantly recognizable Hayman Pool remains a star attraction. Guests of the Pool Wing with Pool Access can literally get out of bed and jump into this expansive pool that’s seven times the Olympic size. See hayman.intercontinental.com

A by Adina Sydney, NSW

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If you think A by Adina Sydney’s sky lobby is impressive, wait until you take a dip in the heated swimming pool on the hotel’s 21st floor. Hemmed in by a 15-meter-high atrium glass facade – roughly four stories – swimmers not only enjoy spectacular views of the horizon, but also a magnificent light show at sunset. The soaring mineral pool is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney below. See abyadina.com

Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands, Victoria

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Melbourne’s answer to Marina Bay Sands, the new Marriott Docklands rooftop infinity pool offers spectacular skyline views. Heated for year-round swimming, the bar adjoining the 28-meter wet-rimmed infinity pool serves drinks like Singapore Slings and Everleigh vaporized cocktails, as well as stunning views of the city, Bolte Bridge, Port Phillip Bay and Hobsons Bay. And you don’t have to stay to visit the 15th floor pool. See marriott.com.au

Crown Towers Sydney, NSW

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Could this be Sydney’s best hotel pool? Six-star luxury is offered at this 349-room Asian-style international hotel with its unmissable 275-meter-high French baguette tower. The jewel in the crown (pardon the pun) though is the Infinity Pool, with private resort-style cabanas, daybeds, and poolside dining, located on the edge of Darling Harbor. See crownsydney.com.au

Crystalbrook Vincent, Brisbane, QLD

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When you take a dip in the rooftop pool at this riverside hotel, the cantilever span of the Story Bridge steel cantilever seems so close you could reach out and touch it. Carved into the cliff under Brisbane’s iconic Bridge, the newly renamed Crystalbrook Vincent offers 166 suites overlooking the restored Howard Smith Docks and the Brisbane River. The 14-meter black-tiled swimming pool is heated year-round and offers a rooftop bar for poolside cocktails and stellar views. See crystalbrookcollection.com/vincent

Sofitel Adelaide, SA

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Order a glass of the best of South Australia (or maybe French champagne) and take in views of the city west towards the Adelaide Hills from the glamorous swimming pool at the new Sofitel Adelaide. The 54-square-meter marble-clad swimming pool is lit by three bespoke chandeliers capturing the hotel’s “light and flow” design by Adelaide-born, Bangkok-based Carl Ameida. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow views of Adelaide and plenty of natural light during the day; sparkling views of the city at night. See sofiteladelaide.com.au

QT Gold Coast, QLD

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Revel in your own private cabin as the staff provide sunscreen, cocktails or fun Midori Splice popsicles by the pool at QT Gold Coast. The hotel’s Palm Springs-inspired pool enclosure features nine (bookable) cabanas and daybeds shaded by clever black and white umbrellas. Guests (and non-hotel guests) can order bottle service, award-winning Japanese omakase, and even indulge in mobile spa treatments. See qthotels.com/gold-coast

Mindil Beach Casino Resort, NT

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There is arguably no better place to watch a blazing tropical sunset over the Arafura Sea than this five-star resort’s infinity pool or its expansive lagoon pool (Darwin’s largest). Surrounded by more than 12 acres of tropical gardens and surrounded by azure waters, the resort also offers eight restaurants, a poolside bar and its own private beach. On weekends, the infinity pool transforms into a popular beach club with poolside dining, live music and DJs, while some lagoon rooms and suites offer direct pool access from the private terraces. See mindilbeachcasinoresort.com.au

Como The Treasure Perth, WA

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Walled up on three sides by towering floor-to-ceiling windows, swimmers can take in views of the Barrack Street skyline from the pool at this popular city retreat. On par with the hotel’s other award-winning features, the 20-meter pool design is elegantly simple and aims to capture Perth’s abundant light. The heated indoor swimming pool complements the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape and the nearby gym offering a meditative getaway in the heart of the CBD. See comohotels.com/thetreasury

The Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

The pool terrace of the Jackalope hotel, located in a vineyard.

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The hero of this gourmet getaway on Victoria’s beautiful Morning Peninsula is its spectacular black pool overlooking rows of picturesque vines. Stretching for 30 meters, the swimming pool offers a private terrace, a heated spa, a plunge pool and all-day dining with sun lounger service. Dive in and order a Pina Colada slushie from the pool bar menu. Each guest receives La Roche-Posay sunscreen.

See jackalopehotels.com

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