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Sydney is a place that’s really got it all: It’s a sunny, modern city, right smack in the middle of nature, where gallery-hopping, surfing, and fine dining can all happen before the sun goes down. Start with the views: Take the cliff top coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee, where you’ll pass by beaches, rock pools, and lush parks. Then there’s the world-famous Sydney Opera House—jutting up like a huge sailboat—anchoring iconic Sydney Harbour. It’s also worth seeing the city from the top down; the views from the Sydney Tower Eye observatory are nothing less than epic.
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You don’t want to miss these saltwater pools in Sydney

The only thing better than Sydney's famous beaches are its sparkling saltwater ocean pools. With wild surf and rip currents, saltwater pools are a safer (and slightly more chic) alternative to the open ocean and they are beloved by tourists and locals alike. As a local Sydneysider and avid ocean swimmer (who can't resist an afternoon dip!), I've done my own deep dive into the best saltwater pools in Sydney.
Katie Dundas, Sydney, Australia
  • Bondi Iceberg Club
    If there were a crown jewel of ocean pools, it would be Bondi Icebergs. I love people-watching here or bringing along my camera, as Icebergs is one of the most beautiful saltwater pools in the country. The contrast of the turquoise surf lapping against the bright white pool deck is honestly iconic. It's one of the few saltwater pools in Sydney that isn't free but worth the small charge. Avoid Thursdays, when Icebergs is closed for cleaning.
  • Fairy Bower Sea Pool
    This unique, triangle-shaped pool is a must-see on any visit to Manly Beach. You'll come across it on the Manly to Shelly Beach walk. Being on the smaller side, this attractive pool is perfect for children. It was built by residents in 1929 and is famous for its whimsical sculpture, Oceanides. You're also just around the bend from Shelly Beach, my favourite snorkelling spot in Sydney.
  • Bronte Baths
    Bronte Baths feels so quintessentially Aussie—it features a 30-metre pool carved out of sandstone rock, along with a splash and play area for children. If you don't want to pay for admission to Icebergs, this is a top free alternative that offers very similar views. Bronte Baths tend to be on the chiller side, so I'm always sure to swim with my rash guard (highly recommended for sun protection, too).
  • Bronte Baths
    A short walk from Coogee Beach is Wylie's Baths saltwater pool. Coming here makes me smile because it feels like stepping back in time. Dating back to 1907, it's one of the last remaining ocean baths, complete with a high boardwalk offering epic views. And if you're up for a day of relaxation, it's also one of the most scenic spots in Sydney for a yoga or Pilates class!
  • Maccallum Seawater Pool
    If you're on Sydney's Lower North Shore, Maccullum Seawater Pool is one of the most picturesque places to swim. Set in Cremorne Point, this small but scenic ocean pool can get popular on weekends, with sunbathers vying for space on the pool's inviting timber decks. However, it's easily accessed from the Circular Quay ferry, so there's no need to stress over parking spaces. I recommend stopping by for a sunset swim and enjoying some fantastic views of the Harbour Bridge!
  • South Curl Curl Rockpool
    You'll often see this iconic saltwater pool in aerial photography of Sydney, but it's just as impressive in real life! With a 50-metre lap pool and a splash area for little ones, this ocean bath almost has it all—changing rooms, bathrooms, and parking—it just lacks lap lane markers, which may annoy some serious swimmers. Check with the Northern Beaches Council website for opening information — it's closed on select Mondays for cleaning.
  • Shelly Beach RockPool
    Near Cronulla, you'll discover Shelly Beach Rock Pool, a large ocean bath popular with young families. With both stairs and a long ramp, this pool also scores points for accessibility. While the large pool makes it ideal for swimming laps, I also like that Shelly Beach Rock Pool has a spacious beach and grass lawn, perfect for picnics. Note there's no natural shade here, so bring along your beach umbrella.