For most of us without a home gymnasium, our opportunities to maintain fitness have been restricted to outdoor exercise (walking, running or cycling) in groups of less than 10. While gymnasiums and fitness centres remain closed until at Least June 22, some sporting clubs and facilities are reopening to offer opportunities for residents to maintain their health and fitness.

Swimming Pools

Indoor and outdoor swimming pools were able to open from June 1 but it has taken time for some facilities to work out how to reopen. Pools are allowing lap swimming for a maximum of 20 people with three people per lane. Swimming lessons and aquarobics classes remain suspended.

Ballarat Aquatic and Leisure Centre has reopened their 50 m pool from today for individual lap swimmers and squads. Squads are limited to 10 people including a coach. On-line booking is available two days in advance. Booking requires that you provide personal information for recordkeeping. Entry is a flat $5.00 payable by card. Memberships remain suspended.

Federation University pool  opened on June 1. Entry is free until June 22. Individual booking is required by an app that can be downloaded from their website. Group bookings are available.

The Kyneton Sports and Aquatics Centre is closed for renovations. The Daylesford Olympic Pool is closed for the winter season because the water is too cold.


Gymnasiums remain closed until at least June 22.

Xistance gym in Mink Street is planning to reopen on June 22. They are preparing to comply with Fitness Australia’s Framework for Safely Operating a Fitness Facility under COvID-19 Restrictions.

The “Spring in your Step” program offered by Spring Medical Centre in conjunction with Xistance is temporarily suspended until the gym reopens.

Football and Netball

At least two metropolitan football leagues have abandoned their 2020 seasons. The Central Highlands Football League has announced that football training can resume subject to restrictions but has yet to make a decision on whether to abandon the playing season.

Hepburn Football Netball Club president,  Jason Dooley reports that training has resumed for junior and senior football. Training is restricted to fitness and ball skills in designated groups of 10. Netball has not resumed.

The Daylesford Football Netball Club has resumed training only for senior netball. Club President Carson White said that the Club had decided that it was not feasible to resume training under the current restrictions but that the Club is monitoring the situation and hopes to resume when restrictions ease further.


Easing restrictions have enabled bushwalking clubs to resume socially distanced walking for groups up to 10 people.

The Hepburn Shire U3A bushwalking group has not resumed activities. However, they have published a series of self-guided walks with maps for walks near Daylesford.

The Great Dividing Trail Association has resumed their guided walks and rides program subject to restrictions.