Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
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
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.
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 Beachis 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-genderWylie's Baths close by.
NSW has a wide range of wonderful swimming options from beaches, ocean pools, harbourside pools, lakes, rivers or 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 areas has recently experienced heavy rainfalls or flooding.