Lankeyy, Akailyn and Keyliam enjoy a day out at the Kingaroy Pool.
Lankeyy, Akailyn and Keyliam enjoy a day out at the Kingaroy Pool. Tobi Loftus

Splash around on Australia Day weekend

THE KINGAROY Swim Centre is giving South Burnett residents the perfect opportunity to get out of the heat this Australia Day weekend.

Starting with their annual club competition on Saturday, Sam Gangemi from the Swim Centre assures that this is a weekend you don't want to miss.

"We have the annual Kingaroy Swimming Carnival on this Saturday on Australia day. It's an event for all of our swimmers and gives them an event close to home," Mr Gangemi said.

As contestants have the opportunity to qualify state-wide on Saturday, Mr Gangemi said the public are invited to come and spectate the event.

"There's a bit of hype because there are some swimmers that usually compete. I think it's the last carnival for 50m events for the 50 freestyle to get into the state sprints," he said.

"The meet starts at about 8:30am, so swimmers usually get here at 7:30 for warm ups. Depending on how many people are in all the events, the day could be over as early as 2-4pm."

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However, spectating isn't the only activity the pool is offering this weekend.

"We're having a bit of a family fun day on the Sunday, so there will be a giant inflatable red rocket that takes up about half the pool, and everyone can hang out and enjoy themselves. It brings some of the kids in, and as it's been so hot, it's always good to get into the pool," he said.

Initial entry fees apply, then from 11am, the red rocket run starts and costs $10 to use, and a sausage sizzle will be available.

Later, if you're looking for entertainment, you can enjoy a movie night watching Paper Planes at 6:30pm, for $12.

"We had a family fun day about a month ago, and that was fairly well received, so we expect a lot of people to come in. Otherwise, in past Australia days, quite a lot of people usually come out to the pool to celebrate, so we're all very excited," he said.