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 House, Andrew 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.