Best Swimming Pools in Sydney
With summer fast approaching, our excitement for swimming again been reinvigorated. Lucky for us, Sydney is equipped with some of the most extraordinary pools that are both a pleasure to swim in and are perfect spots to take in some spectacular scenery… but maybe not at the same time.
North Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool
The North Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool has one of the most amazing locations in Sydney, full stop. Almost directly under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, one could be easily distracted whilst doing some leisurely backstroke. The facilities include a 50-metre heated pool, gymnasium, sauna, spa, indoor 25-metre pool and cafe.
North Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool – 4 Alfred St, Milsons Point NSW 2061
Maccallum Pool, located on the western side of Cremorne Point, is a 33-metre harbourside pool with heritage character and superb views. The waterside timber deck is perfect for sunbathing, while the white picket fence enhances the architectural style of the pool, which dates back to the 1920s.
Maccallum Pool – 56 Milson Rd, Cremorne Point NSW 2090
Bondi Icebergs is famed for its fabulous location, perched overlooking Bondi Beach. The pool is open to visitors all year round and has a sauna, gym and massage rooms. Above the internationally-renowned pool is Bondi Icebergs Club, which is open to all and has beautiful views of both the pool and Bondi Beach.
Bondi Icebergs – 1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Bronte Baths offer swimmers beautiful views of Bronte Beach whilst functioning as a swimming pool for all ages, from wading tikes to those seeking a lap swim. Better yet, Bronte Baths are free to access and are the perfect place to watch a glorious sunrise.
Bronte Baths – Bronte Park, Bronte NSW 2024
Andrew Boy Charlton Pool
Found next to the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Andrew Boy Charlton Pool is set on the shores of Woolloomooloo Bay and is a tranquil and beautiful setting to take a dip or do some serious laps. There is an outdoor heated saltwater pool featuring eight lanes as well as a heated learners pool alongside seating. If you are looking for a snack after your swim, head to the Poolside Cafe that overlooks the pool and Sydney Harbour.
Andrew Boy Charlton Pool – 1C Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
The Geoff James Pool (Clovelly Ocean Pool)
The Geoff James Pool is located directly opposite Clovelly Beach and is 25-metres long with four lanes. The pool is ideal for lap swimmers with a beautiful view of the beach as well as the lush greenery of the surrounding Clovelly. There are toilets, showers and cafes all located nearby and parking provided on the southern side of the bay.
The Geoff James Pool – Clovelly Rd, Clovelly NSW 2031
Prince Alfred Park Pool
Set in the heart of the city, next to Central Station, is Prince Alfred Park Pool – the perfect getaway whenever you need it. The facility offers a state of the art 50-metre lap pool, toddlers splash pad and a large shaded area to sit back and watch the swimmers or rest after your own swim.
Prince Alfred Park Pool – P105 Chalmers St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre is, of course, renowned for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. It houses four impressive indoor heated pools, a rapid river ride, giant water slide, spa, sauna, steam room and a health club which are surrounded by lush palm trees and colourful mosaics. It is a sight to see and even more fun to swim in.
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre – Olympic Blvd, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Victoria Park Pool
Victoria Park Pool is located in, you guessed it, Victoria Park which sits right in front of the University of Sydney. With gorgeous views of the park, alongside the towering spokes of the Quadrangle, the views from this pool are fantastic. Not to forget the impressive facilities which include a health club, group fitness classes, aquatic facilities and more.
Victoria Park Pool – City Rd corner of Parramatta Rd, Camperdown NSW 2050
Fairy Bower Pool
Last, but certainly not least is the Fairy Bower Pool which is located in Manly. The pool is not a traditional shape, so lap swimming is not that easy, however, the pool has a brilliant location and an interesting history. The pool was built by local residents in 1929 and today Fairy Bower Pool features a range of sculptures that sit along the rock edge known as ‘The Sea Nymphs’ which were created by Helen Leete.
Fair Bower Pool – 134 Bower St, Manly NSW 2095
Feature image: North Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool. Photographed by Daniel Schechter. Image via Shutterstock.