12 of the Best Swimming Pools in Sydney
The best swimming pools in Sydney are set to reopen as of 27 September 2021 - hoorah!
The reopening of swimming pools across Sydney is a welcome easing of restrictions for Sydneysiders, however, all swimming pools in Sydney must make sure they have strict Covid-safe practises in place before they can reopen. 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. Some pools will require you to book your swim ahead of time, so best to check each pool's website before you visit. Read here to find out more about current NSW restrictions.
Now that we've got the restrictions out of the way, we've got a stellar lineup of swimming pools in Sydney to go for a refreshing splash.
The Best Heated Swimming Pools in Sydney
1. Andrew Boy Charlton Pool, Sydney CBD
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. Warringah Aquatic Centre
While the main pool at Warringah Aquatic Centre is an indoor one, we've thrown this one into the list of the best pools in Sydney just because their outdoor water playground is seriously cool! The outdoor water playground at Warringah Aquatic Centre includes a 25-metre lap pool, a toddler wading pool, giant dumper buckets, giant Coastal Banksia leaf showers, giant shower rings, water cannons and plenty more!
3. 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 eight weeks to five years.
4. Hornsby Aquatic & Leisure Centre
Hornsby Aquatic & Leisure Centre is the place to be on a hot day to cool off in their 50-metre outdoor pool. The state-of-the-art facilities at Hornsby pool include three heated pools, water play features for the kids, a gymnasium, plenty of shaded seating, a kiosk, a cafe and more!
5. Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre
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!
6. Epping Aquatic Centre
Another pool to add to the list, Epping Aquatic Centre is fun for the whole family. Along with great facilities, clean water, shade for the baby/toddler pool, and even a giant inflatable obstacle course that they sometimes whip out during the summer months, Epping Aquatic Centre is also loved for its beautiful bushland surroundings that make you feel like you're really nestled in nature.
7. 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.
8. 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 gym and a crèche on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings (bookings essential). After 10 am, pool and gym users can claim up to two hours of free parking per day through the Park & Swim scheme.
Please note: North Sydney Olympic Pool closed in February 2021 for a two-year redevelopment. Stay tuned for a reopening date!
9. 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 Monday - Friday 9 am-1 pm & Saturday 8.30 am - 11.30 am).
10. Ashfield Aquatic Centre, Inner West
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.
11. 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 Monday - Friday 8.30 am-12 midday) and an onsite café.
12. Des Renford Leisure Centre, Maroubra
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.
More Swimmingly Good Fun
Have you signed up to our newsletter? Join ellaslist to get the best family and kid-friendly events, venues, classes and things to do NEAR YOU!
Mar 18 2021
Botany Pool is good
Mar 05 2017
Add Dence Park pool at Epping ... gorgeous bushland setting .
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.