Sydney's outdoor pools


Pools with a view

Sydney's outdoor pools offer magnificent views. One of the most spectacular vistas can be enjoyed at the iconic North Sydney Olympic Pool overlooking Sydney Harbour between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park. Its facilities include a 50-metre heated pool, gymnasium, sauna, spa, indoor 25-metre pool and cafe.

Waterfront swimming pools in Sydney

Enjoying the Pool at Bondi Icebergs

Sydney's coastline features a series of outdoor pools offering a unique swimming experience surrounded by ocean and sky. These saltwater pools are a perfect compliment to the surf ideal for lap swimmers, toddlers or those who just want to relax. You'll find many of the ocean baths near Sydney's beaches, as well as a few dotting the city centre.

The famous Bondi Baths have been a landmark of Bondi Beach for over 100 years. Swim laps in the 50 metre Olympic pool or take the kids in the smaller children's pool. Fully qualified lifeguards patrol the pools during opening hours. 

MacCallum Pool at Cremorne Point was built in the 1920s and offers an idyllic harbourside location within easy reach of the Cremorne Point wharf. The pool is one of the quietest in Sydney, allowing you to swim with the city skyline as your backdrop.

Just a short walk from the Sydney Opera HouseAndrew Boy Charlton Pool in the Domain offers great views over Woolloomooloo Bay while you are swimming.

The pools at Bronte and Freshwater beaches are set into the cliffs, providing a stunning setting. A small rock pool also exists at Clovelly Beach.

McIver's Baths at Coogee Beach is the only remaining female-only seawater pool in Australia, dating back to 1886. Perched on a rock platform overlooking the beach, the baths provide a private space where women can swim and relax by the ocean. You'll find the mixed-gender Wylie's Baths close by.

Nielsen Park, in the east, and Balmoral Beach, to the north, have netted bays to keep swimmers safe. 

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 before diving in, as rocks or trees could be submerged, and never run and dive into the water from the beach.

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. Manly Boy Charlton Swim Centre

    Manly Boy Charlton Swim Centre

    The pools at Manly Boy Charlton Swim Centre are heated to 27 degrees. They offer activities such as coaching, learn to swim, lap swimming, school carnivals, organised swimming groups, scuba, water polo, aqua...

  2. Greenwich Baths

    Greenwich Baths

    Greenwich Baths is a beautifully located harbour beach at the tip of Greenwich Point, run by leisure management company, Bluefit. Shark-netted and fully enclosed, it is perfect for families, lap-swimmers, and locals...

  3. Maccallum Pool

    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...

  4. McIvers Baths

    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...

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