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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.

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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. 

Enjoy Sydney’s beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips.

Always swim between the red and yellow flags – surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It’s also a good idea to always swim with a friend.

Make sure you read any safety signs at the beach and you are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.

Check conditions before you go and find a patrolled beach by visiting

Stay safe at the beach