Sydney's outdoor pools
Along with a glorious coastline and famous beaches, Sydney has a wonderful collection of ocean pools and swimming baths. Whether you're a lap swimmer or out for a leisurely family dip, you’ll love the magnificent views of Sydney Harbour or the deep blue ocean from the outdoor pools.
Popular ocean pools in Sydney include:
- Wylie’s Baths at Coogee
- Bondi Baths at Bondi Beach
- Fairy Bower Pool in Manly
- Dee Why rock pool at Dee Why
- Palm Beach rock pool at Palm Beach
On beautiful Sydney Harbour at Milsons Point, next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park’s fun rides, is North Sydney Olympic Pool, home to 86 world swimming records. A postcard setting, you can gaze over the sparkling harbour to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House.
Another gorgeous harbour spot is the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, near the Royal Botanic Garden and the Art Gallery of NSW. Bringing style to lap swimming, the pool is between the giant Moreton Bay fig trees in The Domain and the sleek Navy ships moored at Garden Island, Woolloomooloo.
Ocean pools attract families and lap swimmers. At Bondi Beach’s southern end is the famous Bondi Baths. The saltwater pool is next to Bondi Icebergs, which has restaurants, bars and a cafe. Members of the Bondi Icebergs traditionally take a mid‐winter dip in the pool, with added ice for extra chill.
You can take the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk and stop along the way at the Bronte Baths, perched right on the edge of Bronte Beach. At Coogee Beach are Wylie’s Baths and McIvers Baths, which is the only remaining women’s and children’s only ocean pool in Australia, dating back to 1886.
Among the rock pools of the Northern Beaches is the 50-metre pool at Palm Beach, a barefoot paradise for a starry cast of celebrities and the setting for hit TV series Home and Away. Palm Beach is Sydney’s northernmost stretch of soft sand and the adjacent park is perfect for a family picnic.