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Sydney's outdoor pools


Best outdoor pools

Sydney's saltwater pools are a perfect compliment to the surf – ideal for lap swimmers, toddlers or those who just want to relax. You'll find them at the beach or in idyllic parkland settings, such as the Royal Botanic Gardens. There's a famous one located underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the North Sydney Olympic Pool.

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Waterfront swimming pools in Sydney

Outdoor pool at Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Image Andrew Gregory

Sydney has many outdoor saltwater pools, from those built in the early 1900s to more modern Olympic-sized pools. You'll find many of the ocean baths near Sydney's beaches, as well as a few dotting the city centre.

Clovelly, Coogee and Icebergs Dining Room and Bar at the south end of Bondi Beach  also overlooks an ocean-side pool, and Cremorne has the historic McCallum pool that was built back in the 1920s. The pools at Bronte and Freshwater beaches are set into the cliffs, providing a stunning setting.

Just a short walk from the Sydney Opera House, Andrew Boy Charlton Pool, in the Domain, invites you in to enjoy great views over Woolloomooloo Bay while you are swimming. Head over to Milsons Point - you can get there by train or just by walking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge - where you can swim in the North Sydney Olympic Pool. The facilities include a 50m outdoor pool, a 25m indoor pool and a fully equipped gym. With unrivalled views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Freshwater beaches are set into the cliffs, providing a stunning setting.

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

Best city pools

North Sydney Olympic Pool. Image Robert Billington

Sydney is full of great places to swim, with a large number of well-appointed pools – both indoor and outdoor – close to the city centre. Jump in to Victoria Park Pool's parkland setting near Sydney University, or take advantage of the ultimate harbourside location of North Sydney Olympic Pool beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Got aspirations? Be sure to visit the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre near Darling Harbour

Wylie Baths at Coogee. Image Sally Mayman
Women's pool at Coogee

McIver's Baths at Coogee Beach is the only remaining female-only seawater pool in Australia, dating back to1886. Perched on a rock platform overlooking the beach, the baths provide a private space where women can swim, have a massage and relax by the ocean. A few minutes up the beach you'll find the mixed-gender Wylie's Baths.


Overlooking Bondi Baths at Bondi Beach, Image Pierre Toussaint
Andrew Boy Charlton

Andrew Boy Charlton was a freestyle swimmer in the 1920s and '30s, participating in the Olympic Games three times. He won a gold, silver and bronze medal in Paris in 1924 and two silvers in Amsterdam four years later and has a pool named in his honour.


MacCallum outdoor pool, Cremorne. Image Hamilton Lund
Catch a ferry for a swim

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.


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 ready 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.

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