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Sydneysiders love the water and the City of Sydney proudly provides the community with 5 outstanding aquatic centres. While each centre is different, they all boast 50-metre pools for lap swimming as well as a smaller pool for learners and leisure seekers.

The stunning Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool is located on the edge of the harbour and is famous for hosting its namesake's world-record races in the 1920s. During the 2012 off-season it was closed for a major renovation and it now looks better than ever.

The Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic Centre is partially underground and was designed to make the most of the natural light that streams in from outside. Its pools are indoors and open all year round.

The new Prince Alfred Park Pool was opened on 13 May 2013. The pool is the first fully accessible, heated outdoor pool in the local area. Year round opening hours are bring trialled until 2015.

The Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, named after the Olympic gold medallist, is a standout example of contemporary architecture. Designed by Harry Seidler and Associates, the building is shaped like a wave and cost $40 million to construct. It opened in 2007.

The Victoria Park Pool was the first in-ground public pool to be built in Sydney when demand for such facilities boomed in the 1950s and 1960s. Opened in 1953, the pool has been refurbished many times but the original building has been preserved.

All that and more

Each aquatic centre offers a range of other facilities and services, including full-size gyms, indoor courts, fitness classes, massage/physiotherapy treatments and cafes.

Access and equity

If you are on a low income, you may be eligible for subsidised entry into our aquatic and fitness centres. Find out more about the City of Sydney's discount card.

Swimming pools in central Sydney

Swimming pool Contacts Opening hours Features
Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool 1C Mrs Macquaries Road
The Domain NSW 2000

Open 1 September 2013 to 30 April 2014.

 

Non-daylight saving

Monday to Sunday: 6am to 7pm

 

Daylight saving

Monday to Sunday: 6am to 8pm

Public holidays: 7am to 7pm

Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day

  • Accessible
  • Learn to swim classes
  • Group fitness classes
  • Licensed café 
  • Available for special events
Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre

4 College Street
Corner William Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Monday to Friday: 6am to 10pm

Weekends and public holidays: 7am to 8pm

Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day

  • Accessible
  • Swimming lessons for all ages
  • Gym, fitness classes and sports facilities
  • Café
  • Parking 
  • Therapy Max including physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and massage.
Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

458 Harris Street
Corner William Henry Street
Ultimo NSW 2007

Monday to Friday: 6am to 9pm

Weekends and public holidays: 6am to 8pm

Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

  • Accessible
  • Swimming lessons
  • Swim squad training
  • Cafe
  • Spa and sauna
  • Gym and group fitness classes
  • Parking
Prince Alfred Park Pool

105 Chalmers Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

Daylight savings

Monday to Sunday: 6am to 8pm
Public holidays: 7am to 7pm

 

Non-daylight savings

Monday to Sunday: 6am to 7pm
Public holidays: 7am to 7pm

Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

  • Accessible
  • Shaded play area for toddlers with pool toys  
  • Shaded areas
  • Swimming lessons
  • Café
  • Near Central Railway Station
Victoria Park Pool

City Road
Corner Parramatta Road
Camperdown NSW 2050

Non-daylight savings

Monday to Friday: 6am to 7pm

Weekends and public holidays: 7am to 7pm

 

Daylight savings

Monday to Friday: 6am to 8pm

Saturday and Sunday: 7am to 8pm

Public holidays: 7am to 7pm 

Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day

  • Accessible
  • Splash pool for toddlers
  • Swimming lessons
  • Swim squad training
  • Gym and fitness classes 

 

Last updated: Tuesday, 12 November 2013