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The Best Pools to Swim in Sydney

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Posted: September 30, 2013

There are lots of pools in Sydney to swim in, you will never be short of a pool to practice your laps. Now that summer is here, I hope to visit many of Sydney’s best pools. Here are just some of the most well known in my neighborhood:


Icebergs has the best view of Bondi Beach. I have been here a few times and the last was to take a timed swim to enter the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club. I was amazed by the blue, clear water and the waves lapping over the pool. There is a café and on the top floor to a more expensive restaurant. It is a swimming club, so the prices in the café are very reasonable.

Bondi Icebergs, Sydney
Bondi Icebergs, Sydney

Address: 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi, NSW 2026

North Sydney Pool

This Olympic size pool is right on the harbor, looking over the Bridge and the Opera House. North Sydney Pool is next to the famous Luna Park. There is a gym, sauna, spa, cafe and restaurant .I went here during the day but I hear it is a beautiful view at night. Customers can choose to pay per visit or become a member.   There are swimming squads and swimming clubs to take part in.  Visit the website to find out how you can get involved.

View from Luna Park
View from Luna Park

Address: North Sydney Olympic Pool, 4 Alfred Street South, Milsons Point 2061

Andrew Boy Charlton Pool

This is one of my favorite pools in Sydney. A 50m, 8 lane pool,  located in the heart of the Domain. It is hard to believe you are in Sydney when swimming in the pool as you are also right across the road from the Royal Botanic Gardens.  The Andrew Boy Charlton pool has a cafe which over looks the harbour, a great place to have breakfast, brunch or even early dinner.  There is also a studio for yoga and martial arts.  Like many of the open air pools, this is a salt water pool and heated.   There is a biathlon that takes place every Thursday which I have started attending.  This consists of a 4km run and 300m swim.

Andrew Boy Charles Pool
Andrew Boy Charlton Pool

Opening Times: 6am – 8pm (day light saving) and Public Holidays: 7am – 7pm

The outdoor salt water pool is heated and has eight lanes. There is also a shaded heated pool for learners (which is also used by children) and deck chairs on one side, with terraced seating on the other.


1C Mrs. Macquaries Road,
Sydney 2000

Prince Alfred Pool

I have not yet had the chance to go to the Prince Alfred pool yet. It is Sydney’s newest 50m outdoor and heated pool. It opened in May 2013 and due to the length of time it took to build and the delays with the construction, the mayor decided to make it a free pool so that everyone could enjoy it.  It is open all year round and has beautiful views of the city skyline.  It is also Sydney’s first fully accessible outdoor pool with a ramp, meaning everyone can benefit and use the pool.

There is a well kitted out deck with loungers, umbrellas as well as shaded areas.  There is also plenty of changing rooms and a brand new cafe.

Prince Alfred Pool


105 Chalmers Street,
Sydney 2010

With Sydney’s weather, swimming in one of their outdoor pools is one of the best ways of keeping cool during the summer. You really are spoilt for choice.  I have only reviewed 4 of the pools in Sydney, but there are many more on your doorstop and the entry price varies from $5 to $6.50 for an adult ticket.

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