8 pools to chill out in this summer

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Who doesn’t love a long, warm day by a sparkling Sydney pool? Thankfully Sydney is full of beautiful pools to cool off and relax in. Check out our handy guide below to find the perfect spot where you can float and unwind on those hot summer days.

1. Bondi Icebergs – Bondi Beach

This iconic venue is home to some of the most spectacular views of Bondi Beach.

There are two ocean pools here. The largest is perfect for getting in a few laps, while the smaller pool is ideal families and kids wanting to gently float around.

Lifeguards are on patrol during opening hours all year round. Wheelchair access is also available from street level down to the pool via prior arrangement.

  • Where: 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi
  • Getting there: Take the T4 train to Bondi Junction. Then jump on bus route 380 to Bondi Beach. Estimated travel time is 36 minutes from Central Station.
  • Cost: Adults $6.50, children $4.50
  • More info: icebergs.com.au/swimming-pool

2. Karloo Pool – Heathcote National Park

A 4km hike from Heathcote Train Station is the beautiful Karloo Pool located on the edge of Heathcote National Park. Its crystal clear water means you can see right through to bottom.

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After you’ve enjoyed a refreshing swim, sit back and relax on the surrounding rocks among the leafy shade. It’s a great spot to break out a picnic or even have a well-deserved afternoon nap. Listen closely and you’ll hear a small stream which tickles along the rocks which adds to the overall calming and relaxing atmosphere.

  • Where: Karloo Pool in Heathcote National Park
  • Getting there: From Central Station take the T4 line to Heathcote Station (48 minutes). Karloo pool is 4km from Heathcote station. To get there, simply follow the trail located on the southern side of the station.
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: wildswimmingaustralia.com/karloo-pools-heathcote

3. Prince Alfred Park Pool – Surry Hills

If staying in the city is more your thing, it’s hard to beat a trip to the 50 metre Prince Alfred Park Pool.

After your swim, dry off by relaxing on the nearby lawn or take it easy underneath the bright yellow umbrellas.

  • Where: 105 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills
  • Getting there: Take a short 5 minute walk from Central Station using the Devonshire Street exit.
  • Cost: Adults $6.50, children $4.90
  • More info: princealfred.org

4. North Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool – North Sydney

While Bondi Icebergs has incredible views of Bondi Beach, it’s hard to top the North Sydney Pool when it comes to the quintessential Sydney Harbour view.

Located just underneath the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, the pool spans 50 metres. Inside the complex you’ll also find a smaller pool, gym, cafe and restaurant.

Interestingly enough, 86 world records have been set at the pool by such swimming greats as Judy Joy Davies, John Devitt, Shane Gould and Michelle Ford.

The pool is open late too, which makes it a perfect place for a dip mid week if you work in the Sydney CBD. 5.30am to 9pm during the week and 7am to 7pm over weekends and public holidays.

5. Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool – Sydney

Situated on the shore of Woolloomooloo Bay in the Domain is the picturesque Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool. This salt water, 8 lane, outdoor, heated pool spans 50 metres in length and is closely located to the Royal Botanic Garden.

The site has been home to various pools, dating back as far as the 1840s. Originally known as the ‘Domain Baths’ it was renamed in 1968 as a tribute to the Australian swimmer Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton. He set an Australian record in 1924 when he beat Arne Borg of Sweden over 440 yards.

  • Where: 1C Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
  • Getting there: Catch bus route 441 from the QVB which will drop you off right outside the centre. It runs between 7.30am and 6.00pm Monday to Saturday every 30 minutes. Alternatively take a 20 minute walk from Martin Place station direct to the pool.
  • Cost: Adults $6.40, concession $4.80
  • More info: abcpool.org

6. Bronte Baths – Bronte Beach

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, head to beautiful Bronte and go for a dip in Bronte Baths. Just south of the beach and close to the park, it’s the ideal spot for people of all ages. Cool down by catching the ocean breeze from the rocks or spend your time exploring the small rock pools in the area.

It first opened to much fanfare back in 1887 and over the years the pool has been given a variety of names from the likes of Bond’s Ocean Pool through to Wylie’s Bronte Baths.

The nearby park includes a large BBQ and picnic area, playground, showers and toilets,  perfect for families wanting to enjoy a summer picnic near the ocean.

  • Where: Bronte Beach
  • Getting there: Catch bus route 379 from Bondi Junction. Travel time is approximately 15 minutes.
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: waverley.nsw.gov.au/recreation

7. Maccallum Pool – Cremorne Point

Maccallum Pool might be one of the smaller public pools (33 metres in length), but is home to some of the best views in Sydney.

Located on the western side of Cremorne Point, its timber deck is perfect for sunbathing and relaxing with a good book.

It was originally a simple rock pool, cobbled together by local residents who wanted a safe swimming hole next to the harbour. It’s been restored and renovated several times over the years, but as a heritage location its charm and superb views continue to be enjoyed by locals and visitors.

  • Where: Milson Road, Cremorne Point
  • Getting there: Take T2 train from Central to Circular Quay, or take the F6 Ferry from Wharf 2 to Cremorne Point Wharf
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: northsydney.nsw.gov.au

8. Waves Fitness and Aquatic Centre – Baulkham Hills

You can be sure that the entire family will enjoy the Waves Fitness and Aquatic Centre in Baulkham Hills. For starters it houses 14 in-ground trampolines alongside large playground just outside the complex – perfect for keeping kids of all ages entertained.

The venue is famous for its generous 50m outdoor heated pool, plus a splash park and extensive gym. There’s also an indoor children’s pool designed to help the little ones learn how to swim.

Once you’re done splashing about, head to the on-site cafe for a snack and let the kids have fun building sandcastles in the sandpit next door.

  • Where: Waves Fitness and Aquatic Centre 44 Mileham Avenue, Baulkham Hills
  • Getting there: From Queen Victoria Building on York street go to Stand B catch the M61 bus. Hop off on the 15th stop at Old Northern Road at Oxley Ave and then walk 400m to the centre. Total travel time is 45 minutes
  • Cost: Adults $5.60, children $4.20
  • More info: wavesfitnessandaquatic.com.au

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