Sydney's outdoor pools

Highlights

Sydney's beautiful outdoor pools provide a magnificent way to relax with world-class views. Plunge into the water at the iconic North Sydney Olympic Pool, overlooking Sydney Harbour, or take an invigorating dip in one of Sydney's many stunning ocean pools.

  • Rock bath, Palm Beach
  • Ocean pool, Sydney

About Outdoor Pools in Sydney

Along with its glorious coastline and famous beaches, Sydney has a superb collection of ocean pools and swimming baths. Whether you're a lap swimmer or out for a leisurely family dip, you’ll love the dazzling Sydney Harbour views or the splendid ocean panoramas from the pools.

With amazing views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, swimmers in North Sydney Olympic Pool at Milsons Point have postcard views to go with their workout. Across the sparkling harbour you can also see the Sydney Opera House. Top it off with delicious food at Ripples Milsons Point.

Ripples, Milson Point

At the southern end of Bondi Beach, the famous Bondi Baths is a spectacular spot for a swim. The ocean pool is next to Bondi Icebergs, which has restaurants, bars and a cafe. Members of the Icebergs traditionally take a mid‐winter dip in the pool, with added ice for extra chill.

Take the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk and stop along the way at the Bronte Baths, perched right on the edge of Bronte Beach. At Coogee Beach are Wylie’s Baths and McIver's Baths, which is the only remaining women’s and children’s only ocean pool in Australia, dating back to 1886.

Bondi at sunrise, Sydney

Near the Royal Botanic Garden and the Art Gallery of NSW is the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, bringing style to lap swimming. The setting is amazing, bracketed by giant Moreton Bay fig trees in The Domain and sleek navy warships moored at Garden Island.

At the most northerly of the gorgeous beaches on Sydney's coastline is Palm Beach, a popular barefoot paradise for a starry cast of celebrities. The 50-metre Palm Beach Rockpool at the southern end of the beach is suitably gorgeous too. Nearby is a park perfect for a family picnic.

You could even join Northern Beaches Tours on a guided tour and visit locations featured in the popular TV series Home and Away while you are there.

Ocean pool, Sydney

Swimming safety information

Swimming safety information

NSW has a wide range of wonderful swimming options including beaches, ocean pools, harbourside pools, lakes, rivers, and swimming holes at the bottom of waterfalls. However to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment, swimmers should follow this general advice:

Look for patrolled beaches (this is where lifesavers are on duty; you will see red and yellow flags that indicate this). You should always swim between the red and yellow flags as they mark the safest place to swim.

Never swim alone at night, or under the influence of alcohol, or directly after a meal.

Always check water depth, as rocks or trees could be submerged, and never run and dive into the water from a beach, riverbank or other surface.

Check for signs regarding advice on water conditions at your chosen swimming spot and at any natural swimming hole. Always proceed with caution as surfaces could be slippery and water conditions may not be immediately apparent; particularly if the area has recently experienced heavy rain or flooding.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. 

  1. Fairy Bower Pool

    Located along Marine Parade is the lovely Fairy Bower Pool. It is triangular in shape and the sculptures that sit along the rock edge are known as 'The Sea Nymphs' or 'The Oceanides', were created by Helen Leete...

  2. McIvers Baths

    McIvers Baths are perched on a cliff face and rock platform between Coogee Beach and Wylies Baths.This is the last remaining women's and children's only pool in Australia. The spot was used for...

  3. Bondi Baths

    The Bondi Baths are located at the southern end of Bondi Beach and have been a land mark for over 100 years.You can enjoy doing some laps in the 50 metre pool or take the kids to the kids pool....

  4. Clovelly Beach

    Clovelly Beach is a small and tranquil beach, located the mouth of a narrow bay between two rocky ridges. Concrete platforms and promenades have been constructed on both sides of the bay. A saltwater pool is located...

  5. North Sydney Olympic Pool

    With amazing views of Sydney Harbour, the North Sydney Olympic Pool facilities include a 50-metre heated pool, gymnasium, sauna, spa, indoor 25-metre pool and cafe.The pool complex gives customers...

  6. Wylies Baths

    Wylie's Baths is located just a few hundred metres south of Coogee Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, sitting right below the magnificent Maroubra to Bondi coastal walkway. The Baths has sweeping 180 degree views of...

  7. Maccallum Pool

    Maccallum Pool, on the western side of Cremorne Point, is a unique harbourside pool with heritage character and superb views. Its waterside timber deck is an unparalleled sun bathing spot - especially on winter...

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