When you feel like taking a dip in this city there are so many great options. Firstly, there are at least 12 outdoor pools to choose from, then there's Sydney's world-famous beaches, harbourside swimming spots and secret, hidden beaches to seek out, too.
Arguably as famous as the beach itself, these baths have welcomed swimmers year-round since 1929. Come summer you can expect to battle for a poolside position – your worthy competitors are a glamorous blend of tourists, locals, hipsters and celebrities. If you fail to grab a spot you can always cool off with a cocktail at the bar upstairs.
The oldest pool and swimming club in Australia, it is large enough to accommodate swimmers and a water polo game at the same time. The harbour pool is all but fully enclosed, leaving it to rise and fall with the whims of the tides. At low tide a beach appears for some good old-fashioned sand castle building fun.
For this harbourside pool it’s all about quality, not quantity. The free pool is narrower than most and has no lanes – better designed for a peaceful paddle than an Olympic-grade training session. For a carefree afternoon in the sun, plant yourself on the waterside timber decking, gaze across to the Opera House and watch the ferries go by.
Murray Rose Pool (formerly Redleaf Pool) can be found in Double Bay's Blackburn Cove and provides swimmers with a safe harbourside tidal enclosure. There’s a wrap-around pontoon, which makes for a lovely walk, and if you’re feeling peckish head to the kiosk on the hill, grab a snack and take in the views of Sydney Harbour.
Slap-bang in the middle of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks – Luna Park, Sydney Harbour and the Opera House. But the view of the pool itself is lovely, too: art deco designs and decorative plasterwork make this a must-visit no matter which side of the Bridge you call home.
The nine-lane, 50m pool is the first fully accessible outdoor heated pool in the city – a ramp means it's accessible to anyone who feels like a dip. And there's a big focus on sustainability: we're loving the green roof, the biggest of its kind in Sydney, which features more than 35,000 plants that conceal the centre from the street.
Ocean pool by day, wedding venue by night, these heritage-listed baths below the Maroubra to Bondi coastal walkway have changed little since they were built in 1907. They were born from one man’s passion for the ocean: champion long-distance swimmer Henry Wylie obtained a special lease below the high-water mark to build the seawall and raised boardwalk. It became one of the first mixed gender baths in Australia.