Sydney’s Best Outdoor Heated Pools To Take The Kids

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From May 15, 2020 the restrictions on some outdoor pools will be lifted. Some will reopen with modifications in place to ensure our safety. Measures such as no change rooms and pools capped to a maximum of 10 swimmers at any one time.

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. Please check with the pool to see if they are reopening before you show up for a swim!

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. Find out more about Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool here.

andrew boy charlton

Source: POOLSIDE Cafe

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 (Tues/Thurs/Fri).

Victoria Park Pool

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.

Prince Alfred Pool


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); $5.50 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.

North Sydney Olympic Pool

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, $5.80 per child per hour). 

Leichhardt Pool


Ashfield Aquatic Centre, Inner West

Sadly this one closed after 55 years in operation BUT good news is that it's being redeveloped and we're told to expect a new outdoor pool with a movable floor that can change its depth up to 2.1m, a new sauna, steam and spa attached to the existing pool hall building, new grassed areas and more. The new and improved pool is set to open in 2020. Find out more here.

Artists impression via Daily Telegraph


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.


Caringbah Leisure Centre

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.


Des Renford Leisure Centre Outdoor Heated Pool For Kids Maroubra


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Sue B

Mar 05 2017

Add Dence Park pool at Epping ... gorgeous bushland setting .


Jo Deller

Aug 05 2016

Also add Epping Pool at Dence park, it's faced closure when Hornsby Council owned it but now seems to have anew lease of life under Parramatta Council. Beautiful bushland setting.