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. For the next 6 months entry to the facility is free. The pool is the first fully accessible, heated outdoor pool in the local area.
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.
Last updated: Monday, 13 May 2013