Sydney loves to swim, and with so many spectacular swimming spots right by the water, the chance to refresh and revitalise has never been more convenient. Grab your towel and head to one of these pools.
Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool
Nestled near the serene Royal Botanic Gardens, Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool offers an eight-lane heated salt-water 50-metre swimming pool. Located outdoors and with spectacular views across Woolloomooloo Bay, this one is perfect for a dip in the sunshine.
1C Mrs. Macquaries Road, Sydney. 9358 6686. abcpool.org
North Sydney Olympic Pool
Centrally located between Sydney’s Luna Park and the Harbour Bridge at Milsons Point, this iconic Olympic pool is the right setting for getting your pulse racing. Offering a 50 metre open-air pool and an indoor heated pool, it is suitable for any kind of weather.
4 Alfred Street South, Milsons Point. 9955 2309. northsydney.nsw.gov.au/recreation_facilities/pool_lane_9_gym
Greenwich Baths are one of the north’s best-kept secrets and make for the perfect getaway. Sink beneath the harbour waters for a relaxing dip surrounded by shark-nets or if you’re seeking an active outing hit the 30-metre lap section with lane ropes.
Albert Street, Greenwich. 9438 5922. greenwichbaths.com.au
For a famously Sydney experience, head over to the landmark Bondi Baths for an energising lap or two. With the sound of the ocean crashing only metres away, you can enjoy the genuine salt water without the waves and hoards of visitors.
1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach.9130 4804. icebergs.com.au
Dawn Fraser Baths
Nestled along the western side of the Balmain peninsula, this tidal flow salt-water pool is the oldest pool in Australia. It provides the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, to a place full oof history and character. There is also a small kiosk where you can buy ice cream and hot chips.
Elkington Park, Fitzroy Avenue, Balmain. 9555 1903. lpac.nsw.gov.au/Dawn-Fraser-Baths/Dawn-Fraser-Baths
Located just a few hundred metres down from Sydney’s iconic Coogee Beach, these magnificent baths boast 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and sit directly below the popular Maroubra to Bondi coastal walkway. From young children splashing around to seniors doing laps, these baths cater to all.
4B Neptune Street, Coogee. 9665 2838. wylies.com.au
Perched right on the edge of Bronte Beach, these baths separate you from the ocean but provide all the same benefits. The cool salt water and waves crashing over the side of the pool make for an invigorating and enjoyable dip. If laps are what you’re after, marked lanes on the bottom of the pool will guide your way.
Bronte Beach, Bronte.