You’re in it to win it, so if it's not Olympic-sized, it's not happening. You’ll find your perfect swim at:
Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre
Living up to the unparalleled reputation of its namesake (one of the greatest Australian swimmers of all time), this world-class pool and fitness centre boasts some seriously schmick facilities. Designed by renowned architect Harry Seidler, it’s cresting-wave roof shelters a heated, 50-metre, eight-lane pool, as well as a gym, sauna, steam rooms, and exercise studios.
North Sydney Olympic Pool
Given its extraordinary location, smack bang in the middle of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks, this harbourside pool has become quite the Instagram hot spots. However, there’s more to this place than mere photogenic scenery: dozens of world records have been set here by Aussie swim stars such as Shane Gould and Lorraine Crapp. From late 2020, the entire pool complex will undergo a $57.9 million facelift. However, due to its awkward harbourfront location, a staggered reno isn't possible, so enjoy North Sydney Olympic while you can, as it will be closed for two years during these upgrades.
Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
Although built in 1992, this pool really made its mark on Sydney’s swimming psyche in 2000, when Ian Thorpe took out three gold and two silver medals, with the rest of the Australian swimming team picking up 39 more, during the Sydney Olympic Games. There are three lap pools to choose from here, but also fun play areas for younger swimmers. You’ll also find a gym, complete with exercise studios, so you can train just like an olympian.