Sydney’s Best Outdoor Heated Pools To Take The Kids

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Restrictions on most outdoor pools have now been lifted with modifications in place to ensure our safety and updated guidelines just released. Safety measures include no change rooms, pools capped to a maximum of 10 swimmers at any one time and maintaining 1.5m social distancing at all times, following the one person per 4 square metres rule. Swimmers are advised to come ready to swim, to get in, train and get out, and practice good hand hygiene before and after training. Make sure you plan ahead and of course stay home if you, or a family member, are unwell. Find out more about the COVID-safe guidelines.

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

andrew boy charlton
This amazing pool is popular with adults and children alike!


At the awesome Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, you’ll find two outdoor heated pools - a 50m saltwater eight-lane pool for adults and older children and shaded pool for young learner swimmers. There’s a fantastic cafe where you can eat on the deck overlooking the pools, breathtaking harbour views and a fantastic learn to swim program.

2. Victoria Park Pool, Camperdown

Victoria Park Pool
There's a toddler splash pool and plenty of other things to do at Victoria Park!


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.

3. Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Gunyama Park
Don't miss a trip to Gunyama Park to enjoy their luxurious outdoor heated pool!

This beautiful, world-class facility at Gunyama Park is a place for everyone to play exercise and take some much needed time out! There is an outdoor 50m heated pool, as well as an indoor leisure zone that boasts slides, fountains and even a mega-drencher for kids!

4. Prince Alfred Park Pool, Surry Hills

Prince Alfred Pool
This Surry Hills gem is well worth a visit!


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.

5. North Sydney Olympic Pool, Milsons Point

North Sydney Olympic Pool
This harbourside icon is the perfect place for a dip!


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 gym and a crèche on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings (bookings essential). After 10am, pool and gym users can claim up to two hours of free parking per day through the Park & Swim scheme.

6. Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre, Inner West

Leichhardt Pool
Perfect for a dip in colder weather, Leichardt Park's outdoor pool boasts 7 lanes.


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 Monday - Friday 9am-1pm & Saturday 8.30am - 11.30am).

7. Ashfield Aquatic Centre, Inner West

Ashfield Aquatic Centre
This state of the art pool boasts a 50m outdoor pool with a moveable floor!


After a major, multi-million dollar redevelopment, Ashfield Aquatic Centre is well worth a visit! This world-class centre will feature a 50-metre outdoor pool with a movable floor that can change its depth up to 2.1m and a new children’s leisure pool. State of the art facilities includes a sauna, steam room and spa, plus a gym, cafe and crèche.

8. Caringbah Leisure Centre, Sutherland Shire

Caringbah Leisure Centre
Family fun awaits at Caringbah Leisure Centre!


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 Monday - Friday 8.30am-12midday) and onsite café.

9. Des Renford Leisure Centre, Maroubra

Des Renford
Boasting retractable walls and roof, Des Renford is a great all-weather option!


Des Renford Leisure Centre offers a beautiful 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.

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Mar 18 2021

Botany Pool is good

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.