Outdoor Swimming Pools in Sydney

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Few activities are as fun as splashing about in a glorious swimming pool, particularly when you're a kid. Luckily, our lineup of outdoor swimming pools in Sydney is a long one, with awesome outdoor pools dotted throughout just about every neighbourhood, and some are even heated! 

So whether you're looking to teach the kids how to swim, need some time out to just float on the water, or love to play a bit of Marco Polo with the little ones, we've got an awesome list of outdoor swimming pools in Sydney to check out near you. 

Outdoor Swimming Pools in Sydney

1. Andrew Boy Charlton Pool

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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.

Location: 1c Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney

2. Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

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

One of the newest outdoor swimming pools in Sydney, 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!

Location: 17 Zetland Ave, Zetland

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3. Victoria Park Pool

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.

Location: City Road Corner of, Parramatta Rd, Camperdown 

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! 

Location: 203 Peats Ferry Rd, Hornsby

5. Epping Aquatic Centre

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We hope the giant inflatable obstacle course comes back this summer! Image: supplied.

Another outdoor swimming pool in Sydney 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. 

Location: Dence Park, 26 Stanley Rd, Epping 

6. Prince Alfred Park Pool

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Prince Alfred is one of the most attractive outdoor swimming pools in Sydney.

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 even a playground for the kids!

Location: 105 Chalmers St, Surry Hills

7. North Sydney Olympic Pool

North Sydney Olympic Pool
Could this be the best swimming pool in Sydney? Image: supplied.

Please note: North Sydney Olympic Pool closed in February 2021 for a two-year redevelopment. Stay tuned for a reopening date!

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.

Location: 4 Alfred St S, Milsons Point 

8. Warringah Aquatic Centre

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The giant shower rings at Warringah Aquatic Centre. Image: supplied.

While the main pool at Warringah Aquatic Centre is an indoor one, we've thrown this one into the list of the best outdoor 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!

Location: 1 Aquatic Dr, Frenchs Forest

9. Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre

It’s an inviting 27-degree water temperature at the outdoor Olympic-sized Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre. As well as the seven-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).

Location: Mary St, Lilyfield

10. Ashfield Aquatic Centre

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The new-look Ashfield Aquatic Centre. Image: supplied.

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.

Location: 160 Elizabeth St, Ashfield

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.

Location: 5-9 Jacaranda Rd, Caringbah

12. Des Renford Leisure Centre

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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 swimming pool in Sydney with retractable walls and 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.

Location: Jersey Rd & Robey Street, Maroubra

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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.