Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre

The Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre is a major, $17 million aquatic sporting facility located upon the Queens Domain, within less than 1 kilometre of the CBD of Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, Australia. The venue has hosted the Australian Swimming Championships, the Tasmanian Swimming Championships, FINA Swimming World Cup, Pan Pacific Games and the Qantas Skins. Other major events held at the venue throughout its first seven years of operation include the Australian Canoe Polo Championships, Australian Diving Championships, Australian Water Polo Under Age and National League events and the World and Australian Underwater Hockey Championships.


It was officially renamed on 18 October 2015, the 19th anniversary of its construction,[1] in honour of Doone Kennedy, who was a key proponent for its development.[2][3]


The funding and construction of the Hobart Aquatic Centre was spearheaded by Doone Kennedy during her reign as Lord Mayor of Hobart from 1986 to 1996.[4]

The facility is fully indoors, and features a full 50 metre Olympic-size 8 lane competition swimming pool, a smaller 25 metre warm-up pool and leisure pool as well as a 20x20m Dive Pool. It also features a diving tower with 10, 7.5 and 5 metre platforms, and 1 and 3 metre springboards.


There is a creche, cafe and gymnasium and a wide variety of sport and recreation activities are offered, ranging from competitive swimming, Water Polo and diving, learn to swim programmes, yoga classes, aerobics and circuit and weight training. The Hobart Aquatic centre is open year round, and provides views of the River Derwent, Mount Wellington and the city.


  1. "Hobart Aquatic Centre Renamed in Honour of Former Lord Mayor". Local Government Association of Tasmania. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  2. "Alderman calls for facelift for 'tired' Hobart aquatic centre". The Mercury. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  3. "Aquatic Centre renamed in honour of former Lord Mayor" (PDF). City of Hobart. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  4. Mather, Anne (1 September 2014). "Hobart's only female lord mayor Doone Kennedy leaves her mark on city". The Mercury (Hobart). Retrieved 2 October 2014.

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