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Time to cool off! Sydney’s most good-looking outdoor pools you cannot miss

Sarah Richard
Carolin Pilligrath

For me there is simply no better time of the year than summer. Blue skies, sunshine, tanned skin and endless balmy days. Summer in Sydney can clearly get very hot (38 degrees, say what?) so it’s always a good idea to be in the know of the next best pool to plunge in and cool off.

Murray Rose Pool in Double Bay (formerly known as Redleaf Pool)

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What makes this idyllic pool wonderfully unique is the amazing wrap-around pontoon, which is great to hang out (see and be seen!), soak up the sunrays or simply steal everyone’s attention as you do a crazy jump into the water. Simultaneously, the pontoon guards the beach with a net from the harbour so it’s safe for the whole family to take a dip.

If you’ve had enough sun, head to the on-site café set on a lofty terrace for a fresh juice or coffee overlooking the picturesque harbour. The pool is free to use to everyone, so more to spend on coffee and ice cream!

Bronte Baths at Bronte Beach

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Surround yourself with the ocean and sky at the Bronte Baths. Set into the rugged cliffs of the coastline, this saltwater pool makes a great addition to the sometimes wild ocean waves. It’s big enough, especially for serious lap swimmers and has a shallow end, perfect for families with children. There are plenty of rocks surrounding the pool to soak up the sun like a lizard while watching the crowd dip in and out. Best of all, there is no entry fee and plenty of café choices around.

MacCallum Seawater Pool at Cremorne Point

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Listen up sun worshippers! MacCallum pool will not only delight with a big timber deck to sunbake, but surely impress with spectacular Harbour Bridge views, making it the perfect safe harbourside swimspot. Make sure you BYO as there is no café in sight and not even a toilet or change rooms, but oh well, as if this is going to stop us from jumping right in!

North Sydney Olympic Pool at Milsons Point


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The North Sydney Olympic Pool set right below the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge is truly one of a kind boasting the absolute best views out of all pools in Sydney. There is a grassy area upstairs as well as a café, sauna, gym, spa and even a smaller indoor pool for those stormy days. As for facilities and location, it can hardly get better than this! Another plus is the close proximity to Luna Park, making it an exceptional choice to come for a cool down after the thrill of the rollercoaster rides.

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool in Woolloomooloo Bay

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On the shores of Woolloomooloo right around the corner from the newly opened Ovolo Woolloomooloo, you will find the scenic Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool. Particularly splendid after a walk around the Royal Botanic Garden, this harbourside pool is probably one of the best places for inner-city swimming. In addition to the large 50m swim lanes, you’ll also find a pool for learners and toddlers, a beautiful sundeck as well as a café serving up anything from fresh smoothies to tasty acai bowls and avocado smash, yum!


Bondi Icebergs at Bondi Beach

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Of course you won’t go past this Olympic-sized swimming pool which is simply perfect to do a few lap rounds or lounge in the sun on its’ edges. For only $6.50 you get nothing less than a shimmering oasis overlooking the world-famous Bondi Beach. Head upstairs for a spectacular location to have lunch before you go for another round of summertime dipping. And if you like yoga, Bondi Icebergs might become your new favourite place practicing right by the sea with a refreshing breeze.



Carolin Pilligrath

Carolin Pilligrath is a passionate traveller soul and digital nomad. Her passport states she’s German but really, her heart loves the open road. She has lived in many places, among them Australia, Singapore, Peru, Thailand, Spain and currently calls the beaches of Bali her backyard. Today, she enjoys a fully nomadic life with diverse offices and constantly following the sun while working as a social media specialist, travel writer, and running a blog called


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