Olympic Pool North Sydney
Your ordinary suburban public swimming pool this is not. In fact, if there’s a heated, 50m outdoor pool with a better view anywhere else in Australia… Well. Trust us, there isn’t.
If you need a bit of inspiration as you’re pushing through the halfway point of that brutal mid-way lap - just look up. The full span of the mighty Sydney Harbour Bridge rises almost directly over the top of the pool.
A wraparound panorama of the harbour and many of its most iconic landmarks can be seen from both inside the pool and the sidelines, taking in the Opera House, the city skyline and Luna Park. Stupendous views aside, this is also one of the most historically significant pools in Sydney. Considered an outstanding example of 1930s civic architecture, its features handsome Art Deco style arches and striking multicoloured brickwork.
The pool was the venue for two Empire Games (1938 and 1958), and no less than 86 world swimming and diving records have been set within its lanes.
Still, there’s no need to be an Olympic champion to enjoy the pool and its excellent additional facilities. Members of the public are welcome to buy tickets online in advance or at the gate and make free use of the open lanes (some are booked out for training and other classes). You can also enrol in group classes such as Aqua Aerobics. The schedule includes a range of classes suited to all levels of fitness.
The pool complex also houses an indoor 25-metre lap pool and gymnasium, a heated indoor children’s pool, a spa, a sauna and a café.