We drive past the diving lady of Bilgoman Pool often and my daughter has recently started asking if we could go there for a swim. So with the recent heatwave I decided it was the perfect time to stop there on our way to Grandma’s house.
Having grown up in the hills I have many memories of summer swimming lessons and school carnivals at this pool so was happy to share this with my daughter. The pool celebrated 50 years earlier this year but everything seemed fresh and clean, including the change rooms.
The pool is open 5.30am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 8.00pm on weekends. Hours may change on public holidays and the pool is closed Christmas Day and Easter and is closed for 6 months over winter. It’s $4.50 for children to enter and $5.50 for adults. They also have spectator entry and family entry. Check the website for all the details.
The pool is an Olympic size swimming pool, with a diving pool and separate shallow pool for the young ones.
There is also a sand-based playground with a slide, swings and climbing frame. Parts of the playground area were shaded with shade sails. The pool has bbq facilities and a kiosk with drinks, snacks and hot food. The pool has the bleacher-style seating, benches by the shallow pool, some sun lounges and an extensive lawn area with gazebos and shade sails to provide shade.
We started in the shallow pool which has beach access and divided by ropes into three areas as it got deeper. The deepest area of the shallow pool was 60m. My daughter was happy to splash around in here and dive for her toys for a little while then she wanted to move into the big pool. There is shade over the shallow pool.
The big pool ranges in depth from 1.10m to 1.70m. There is a slide at the shallow end. My daughter had a few turns on this and enjoyed landing with a splash in the water. She went between the big pool and the small pool a few times.
At the deep end of the pool, there is a diving pool which has two diving boards and a depth of 3.50m. We didn’t use this area today but there was a group of older children having fun doing bombies off the boards.
When we were finished swimming we sat on the lawn under one of the shades and had a snack and drink. Then it was a quick change and on to Grandma’s.
My daughter enjoyed swimming here and it was a good place to be on a hot day. It is right beside the Great Eastern Hwy so there is the constant noise of trucks going past but if you have a truck fan that could be an added bonus. Not much had changed since my school days, I was just disappointed I couldn’t get a “freeza” from the kiosk after my swim!
Bilgoman Swimming Pool
Address: Great Eastern Hwy &, Lionel Rd, Darlington WA 6070
For more information visit www.mundaring.wa.gov.au
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