Highfields fitness class

The Highfields Aquatic and Fitness 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

View the fees and charges for Highfields Aquatic and Fitness Centre:


Open hours

Open hours vary for the different areas within the facility. All open hours are detailed in the second slider - 'Open hours and centre facilities'.

Open hours 

Centre opening hours

  • Monday to Friday 5.45am - 8pm
  • Saturday 7am - 5pm
  • Sunday 7am - 5pm
  • Public holidays: times may vary

Gym opening hours

  • Monday to Friday 5.45am - 8pm 
  • Saturday 7am - 5pm
  • Sunday 7am - 5pm
  • Public holidays: times may vary

Crèche open hours

  • Monday to Friday - 9am - 11am
  • Closed Public holidays 

Pool opening hours 

Please note, the pool may be closed early due to weather and/or applying pool blankets.

September - October

  • Monday to Friday 6am - 6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 7am - 5pm

October - March

  • Monday to Friday 6am - 7pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 7am - 5pm


  • Monday to Friday 6am - 6pm 
  • Saturday and Sunday 7am - 5pm


Pool classes are run during the spring/summer seasons. The pool is fully patrolled by trained pool lifeguards. 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 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.



  • 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
  • creche
  • kiosk 


Contact details & social media accounts

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 Aquatic and Fitness Centre is located on O'Brien Road, Highfields. View Google Map.

We have an 8 lane 25m heated outdoor pool, outdoor toddlers heated pool with slide and mushroom water fountain. Our pools accommodate multiple activities including, lap swimming, aqua aerobics, general play and relaxation, learn to swim classes, swimming carnivals and group bookings. Pool classes are run during the spring/summer seasons. The pools are fully patrolled by trained pool lifeguards. The toddlers' water slide does not operate during school swimming lessons. Please see staff for dates and times. highfieldspoolkids in pool coolestkidever8

For more information on times of operation call the centre on 4996 530. 

Aquatic policies

Royal Life Saving Keep Watch Program

The Highfields Aquatic and Fitness Centre participates in the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia's KEEP WATCH Program. Our qualified lifeguards manage and supervise aquatic activities to ensure maximum safety and fun. However, children under the age of 14 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 at all times, it is a means of identification, a parent or guardian needs to be in the water at all times and within arms' reach of the child. If children are not within arm’s reach of their parent or guardian at all times, they will be removed from the water.
  • If children under 14 are unsupervised they will be removed from the water.

Groups/families will not be permitted entry where the number of Parent/Guardian’s supervising a group of children under 15 years exceeds the ratio of 1:6.

Please remember your children are your responsibility.

Swimwear policy

The swimwear policy across our pools is based on guidelines from the Royal Lifesaving Society of Australia (RLSSA) and from QLD Health. The RLSSA Guideline for Safe Pool Operation makes references to appropriate swimwear in public pools.

Adequate and hygienic recognised swimwear made from lycra and nylon should be worn at all times in the water. Infants are required to wear only recognised waterproof aqua nappies plus tight leg swimwear.

We have many options available to enjoy our facilities including memberships, visits passes and casual entry.

Membership costs can be found in the fees and charges: Highfields Aquatic and Fitness Centre - gym fees (gym and fitness facilities fees)


Highfields Aquatic and Fitness Centre membership (only)

  1. Use of gym facilities (Please remember to bring a towel when using the gym, no towel - no workout)

  1. Group fitness (All group classes can be found below). No bookings necessary. All fitness levels welcome.

  1. Aquatics

  1. Free Health Assessment and personalised gym programs:

One half hour session upon joining with an in-depth discussion regarding any injuries, conditions, goals, requirements, and what type of training program you would like.

  • Free training programs every 8-10 weeks
  • Free skinfolds (upon request)
  • Free weigh and measures every 8-10 weeks (upon request)
  • The trainer will discuss any eating habits that you might want to change (Please be aware we do not set diets)
  • The trainer can give advice on what may assist in achieving your goals

Week one: health profile check one (compulsory)

  • Check medical conditions and injuries
  • Weight and measurements are taken if requested
  • Goals are recorded
  • Discuss what type of training program you require

Week two: Program run through

  • A trainer will demonstrate and assist you in completing each exercise of your new training program by focusing on technique to prevent injury
  • The trainer will answer any questions you may have about your program
  • The trainer will demonstrate the exercises again in case you have forgotten
  • The trainer will also look over the 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
  • Program is written to suit the individuals’ needs

Week 8-10: health profile check two

  • Record weight and measurements
  • Discuss the new program
  • Record and new injuries or medical conditions


Full centre membership (reciprocal rights to Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre)

A full centre membership lets you move freely throughout the facility between the gym floor, fitness classes and the aquatic environments of Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre (Toowoomba) and Highfields Aquatic and Fitness Centre. 

Your full centre membership includes:

  • Use of gym facilities (please remember you must have a towel at all times - no towel, no workout)
  • Aquatic facilities (in the spring/summer months)
  • Group fitness classes
  • Programming and goal setting with trainers for the life of the membership
  • Current medical condition assessed (including injuries if applicable)
  • Support every step of the way 


Group fitness membership

Our group fitness membership is designed for those who enjoy going only to classes, including land and aquatic classes.



Our creche is offered to children aged 6 weeks to 12 years and is available for members and casual patrons. It is located inside the sports hall. Our opening hours are 9am-11am Monday to Friday. Bookings are made in 1-hour blocks and are essential.

Creche fees are in addition to the cost of entry but can be added to a full centre membership at the time of signing up.


Casual or visit holders

We have a selection of entry options including:

  • Casual swim
  • Casual gym
  • Casual group fitness
  • Swim visit pass
  • Gym and group fitness visit pass
  • Seasonal swim pass


InBody scanner

The InBody 270 allows you to regularly monitor your level of body fat, skeletal muscle mass and in particular your visceral fat levels, giving you an understanding of how your diet, lifestyle and training regime are influencing your overall body composition. A trainer will take you through the results and what they may mean.

$25 for members. Bookings are required. Contact staff on 4699 530 or send us an email to book an appointment for your scan.


Personal training (additional cost to membership)

  • Personal training is available to members and to non-members for an extra fee
  • These sessions are 30 min long at a cost of $40 each or $300 for 10x30 min sessions 


Small group personal training (additional cost to membership)

  • 30 minute training session is $60 and the cost can be split between 1- 3 participants.

Our gym is situated at the northern end of our centre and offers a variety of cardio equipment and resistance equipment including fixed weight machines and free-weights.

Group fitness and aqua classes


  • 6am - Bootcamp
  • 8am -  Aqua
  • 9.15am - Les Mills Step 
  • 10.30am - Les Mills Body Balance
  • 5.30pm - Les Mills Body Balance


  • 6am (30 mins) - Les Mills Core
  • 8am - Pilates
  • 9am (30 mins) Sports Hall - Fall Prevention
  • 9.15am - Les Mills Body Pump
  • 5.30pm (45 mins) - Les Mills Pump


  • 6am - Ride 
  • 8am (60 mins) - Stretch & Flex 
  • 9.15am (60 mins) - Zumba Fitness 
  • 10.30am (30 mins) - Les Mills Core 
  • 5.30pm - Boxfit 


  • 6am (30 mins) - Metafit 
  • 8am - Active Bodies
  • 8am - Aqua
  • 9.15am - Pilates
  • 10.30am - Ride Express 
  • 5.30pm - Les Mills Body Balance


  • 6am (45 mins) - Les Mills Pump Express
  • 8am - Zumba Gold 
  • 9.15am (60 mins) - Retrofit 


  • 7am - Pilates
  • 8am (60 mins) - Les Mills Body Pump
  • 9am - Aqua 


Class information

Bringing bootcamp into the pool. A combination of water resistance and equipment based exercises, injected into a high energy circuit, will have you torching calories and toning muscles you weren’t sure you had in a delightfully refreshing way. 

Weight based class, choreographed to music to burn high amounts of calories as well as improving overall strength. 

Combining Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates, Body Balance will leave you feeling relaxed and invigorated, beautifully arranged to music.

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.

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.

Zumba Gold
The original Zumba workout modified to suit older adults or beginners that still brings all the fun and benefits of the traditional Zumba class at a lower intensity. 

Zumba Fitness 
Takes the “work” out of your workout, by mixing fun and fitness in equal quantities and creating a calorie-burning dance fitness party.

Fall Prevention
The fall prevention class is designed to cater for those who have poor balance, who have fallen and who may have developed a fear of falling. Participants should expect to begin with an easy-to-do exercise regimen which helps to improve balance, strength, flexibility and self-confidence.

This upbeat class has fun and inspiring instructors that keep you motivated while you are calorie-burning to a combination of 80's retro aerobic moves and modern dance-inspired exercise. Great for any skill level.

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.

A team-based program combining old and new school training techniques to keep you engaged and motivated to the end.

A huge calorie burner that builds strong legs and increases cardio fitness. Cycle in a group and let the energetic music guide you through a great workout. 

A  high energy, high intensity choreographed HIIT session which utilises a  range of body weight and plyometric training methods. 

This class will challenge you to work on any imbalances you may have. It aims to strengthen weak muscles, and lengthen tight ones, whilst simultaneously improving balance and focus. 

* Please note that classes are subject to change at short notice due to instructor availability. 

Our outdoor 25m pool is heated to a comfortable learning and training temperature ensuring a pleasant condition.

Highfields Aquatic and Fitness Centre is conveniently located on Obrien Road, with ample of parking around the facility. We run classes in term 1 and term 4.

We offer classes for children and adults:

  • learn to swim for pre-schoolers, youth and adults
  • private swimming classes
  • squad training

Students enrolling will need to be assessed to ensure they are placed into the correct level.

For further information or to book an assessment please call 4688 6330 or email milnebay-highfields.swimschools@tr.qld.gov.au


Learn to swim

Pre-schoolers and youth – Our learn to swim classes work on building water confidence, breath control, floating, kicking and strokes. These swim programs are held in our heated indoor and outdoor pools. Children progress through levels when achieving set skills. We encourage progress and work hard on developing skills. Lessons are limited to small class sizes and run for 30 to 60 minutes to ensure the maximum benefit is received from the program.

Program and lesson times vary according to level of ability. Please confirm the day and time of lessons with staff at time of enrolment.

Cost - is $14 for the first child per lesson, $13 for the second child and $12 for three or more children in the same family.

To book - simply fill out the Pools - Waves Swim School application form (online).

Contact us - on 4688 6330, email milnebay-highfields.swimschools@tr.qld.gov.au or in person at Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre.

Waves Swim School terms and conditions


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.

Adults - We are running learn to swim classes for adults. If you would like to improve your skills, or you are a complete beginner, this class is perfect for you. You will be guided by a qualified instructor who will be in the water with you. The class has a maximum of 4 participants, allowing the instructor to concentrate on individual progress. You are never too old to start learning an important life skill.

Our adult learn to swim lessons are available during the school term. For further information or to book please contact 46886330 or email milnebay-highfields.swimschools@tr.qld.gov.au


Private classes

1 on 1 classes are a great way to fast-track learning or focus on a specific skill at any age or level. These classes are also a great benefit to participants that need a quitter learning space.

Bookings: For further information or to make a booking please don’t hesitate to contact us on 4688 6330 or email milnebay-highfields.swimschools@tr.qld.gov.au


Squad training

Squad swimming provides many benefits such as health and fitness, friendships and valuable lifelong skills. Our squad classes focus on stroke correction and refining technique and most importantly to be safe and have fun in the water.

Bookings: For further information or to make a booking please don’t hesitate to contact us on 4688 6330 or email milnebay-highfields.swimschools@tr.qld.gov.au


The creche is open from 9am to 11am Monday to Friday and is available for your child/children to play in a safe and friendly environment while fully supervised by qualified staff. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Contact us on 4699 6530 for more information or to book.highfieldsfitness creche

The creche is closed public holidays and for two weeks over Christmas.  


Children’s birthday parties

Sit back, relax and enjoy your child's birthday party while we make sure it is the best for everyone! 

Our facility features a large sports stadium, suitable for a range of indoor sports and games. Alternatively, step outside and enjoy the peaceful setting of our 25-metre pool and heated children's pool. 

For more information, get in touch with our friendly staff on 4699 6530.


Rock climbing wall

The traverse rock climbing wall is available for bookings. 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 orhighfieldsfitness rock climbing wall harnesses are needed. 

The wall is perfect for birthday party entertainment, family challenge or to get the children active indoors. For bookings and prices contact the centre.

Group bookings are also available.

School swimming carnivals 2022

Upcoming swimming carnivals will be listed here.


Booking the Aquatic Centre for a swimming carnival

Highfields Aquatic and Fitness 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 HAFC members. General guidelines have been developed to reduce the impact of major events on members of HAFC and the general community utilising HAFC. 
  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. HAFCs 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 HAFC 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 Aquatic and Fitness Centre fees and charges - online application.

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 swimwear 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 HAFC 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 HAFC 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:
  2. regular checks of the indoor area (sports hall, change rooms, café).
  3. close supervision of students if they are required to enter the main building.
  4. close supervision of lawn areas, including regular checks of the aquatic change rooms.
  5. administering first aid as required. The user group must have at least one first aid officer present with relevant qualifications.
  6. Marshalling - A minimum of two school staff members will be required for marshalling 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.
  7. Event officials:
  8. Announcer - to use the public address system to call students for marshalling to events
  9. Starter - to operate the starting hooter for events.
  10. Timekeepers - to time students competing in each event. At least one person will be required per student in each event.
  11. 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.

Please enquire with centre management as to current BBQ availability under COVID Safe guidelines. 

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 cups as no glasswear is permitted. Alcohol is also not allowed. 

How to book

To book, please phone 4699 6530 or talk to our staff in person at the centre.

The booking period is for a maximum of 2 hours and bookings are essential to save any disappointment.