Sydney has some superb outdoor swimming pools, from outdoor saltwater pools on the beach to inner-city pools with great accessibility. So don your swimwear and head on down – we take a look at six of the best.
At the south end of Bondi Beach, Icebergs has one of the best settings of any of Sydney's outdoor pools. Dating back around a hundred years, this iconic and well-loved pool sits right on the water and offers swimmers amazing views over Bondi Beach as well as top lane swimming. The atmosphere is laid back and you can chill out on the benches or by the side of the pool. Icebergs also has a licensed (and reasonably priced) bar, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, where you can grab lunch or a refreshing beverage. The balconies offer even better views than down by the pool.
Andrew Boy Charlton Pool at the Domain has a great location just by the Harbour, but the relaxed atmosphere means you could be many miles away. Swimmers are treated to breathtaking views over the city skyline and the lush landscape of the Botanic Gardens. The popular saltwater pool can get a little crowded at lunchtimes, due to its proximity to the CBD, and at weekends. There's also a great cafe by the pool, though unlike Icebergs it isn't licensed.
Over by Coogee Beach, Wylies Baths is a tidal saltwater pool with great ocean views and a diverse crowd. It's located along the Maroubra to Bondi coastal walkway, just a few hundred metres from the beach. The ambience is relaxed and welcoming, and you are free to swim casually at your own pace or just hang out in the sun. In line with the chilled out vibe, there are also yoga classes and an outdoor massage centre, Massage by the Sea. The kiosk sells refreshments and swimming accessories.
You can't get any more in the heart of things than at North Sydney Pool. With its spectacular setting right under the Harbour Bridge, the 50m outdoor pool has unbeatable views of the city. There is also an indoor pool and gym, as well as a cafe and restaurant. It's impressive enough during the daytime, but even more breathtaking at night.
Bronte Baths, set just to the south of Bronte Beach, has a gorgeous setting surrounded by green parkland, dramatic cliffs and blue sea. Kids will love messing about in the rock pool and listening out for the children's train. The crowd is diverse, with families, old ladies and young professionals all hanging out together.
For vintage appeal, be sure to check out MacCallum Pool. Located just by the harbour, the pool's heritage style dates from the 1920s and it exudes nostalgia and charm. Originally a small rock pool, the current pool was developed by residents who wanted a safe spot to swim near the harbour. There are beautiful views across the harbour and the poolside timber deck is a favourite spot to soak up some rays, even if you don't swim. MacCallum Pool is free, so there's really no excuse for not checking it out.
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