Sydney’s Best Outdoor Heated Pools To Take The Kids
By: Marie Ashworth, ellaslist
It might be Summer but the ocean’s water temperature is still chilly a lot of the time, especially for little bodies. Never fear, Sydney has a fantastic choice of heated outdoor pools so you and the kids can continue swimming under the blue skies without the goose-bumps! We’ve rounded up the best outdoor heated pools in Sydney for families.
1. Andrew Boy Charlton Pool, Sydney CBD
At this awesome venue you’ll find 2 outdoor heated pools- a 50m salt water eight lane pool for adults and older children and and shaded pool for leaner swimmers. There’s a fantastic cafe called poolside where you can eat on the deck overlooking the pools, breathtaking harbour views and a fantastic learn to swim program running 48 weeks of the year.
Source: POOLSIDE Cafe
2. Victoria Park Pool, Camperdown
Behind the University of Sydney in a tranquil 9-hectare park, you’ll find the 50-metre outdoor Victoria Park Pool alongside its toddler splash pool with beach entry and water features, both beautifully heated to a minimum of 25 degrees year-round. There’s also an onsite gym, a popular café and limited free 2 hour parking in its car park (City Road access). They also offer an onsite crèche for children from 8 weeks to 5 years, available for 1 or 2 hours at $4.20 per hour.
3. Prince Alfred Park Pool, Surry Hills
In the heart of Surry Hills, a short walk from Central Station, you’ll find Prince Alfred Pool surrounded by landscaped gardens and plenty of seating. It offers Sydney’s first accessible heated outdoor pool with a ramp into the water, a splash deck with water toys for toddlers and a popular cafe.
4. North Sydney Olympic Pool, Milsons Point
Arguably the most spectacular views from any Sydney pool, take a dip in the balmy North Sydney Olympic Pool and enjoy amazing views over Luna Park, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. As well as the pool, there is an onsite Lane 9 Gym and an onsite crèche Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings (9am-12pm); $4.50 per hour – bookings essential. After 10am, pool and gym users can claim up to two hours free parking per day through the Park & Swim scheme.
5. Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre, Inner West
It’s an inviting 27-degree water temperature at the outdoor Olympic-sized Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre. As well as the 7-lane outdoor pool, you’ll find two children’s pools, an onsite gym and crèche (open Mon-Fri 9am-1pm & Sat 8.30am-11.30am, $5.30 per child per hour).
6. Ashfield Aquatic Centre, Inner West
As well as three outdoor heated pools, Ashfield Aquatic Centre boasts an indoor heated pool with toddler zone, easy parking and a free drop-in childminding service for babies and children up to 6 years on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am and 1.30pm.
7. Caringbah Leisure Centre, Sutherland Shire
Under a canopy of gum trees, Caringbah Leisure Centre is an all-year-round family destination. As well as a 50-metre heated outdoor pool, it offers a toddler pool, a car park, a crèche (open Mon-Fri 8.30am-12midday) and onsite café.
8. Des Renford Leisure Centre, Maroubra
Des Renford Leisure Centre offers a beautifully heated (to 32 degrees) outdoor kids’ pool with retractable walls & roof, which means you can use it all year round no matter the weather. This is in addition to its 25m indoor competition pool and 25m indoor program pool, onsite creche, state-of-the-art gym and fitness classes and onsite cafe.
ellaslist Top Tip:
These pools are popular for lap swimming especially before work, after work and at weekends. Be sure to check individual pool websites for details of when and how many lanes are closed for lap swimming.