Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Inspired by Sydney’s famous ocean swimming spots, the City of Sydney’s new Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre will offer great swimming experiences.

This is a pool designed for Sydney – creative, beautiful and practical, it’ll feel like you’re stepping onto an urban beach.

From children playing and friends taking a dip to serious swimmers improving lap times – there will be something for everyone.

Heated and powered by its own locally produced energy system, Gunyama Park and Aquatic Centre will also offer indoor pools, a gym, a covered outdoor yoga deck, a cafe and a crèche.

There will also be plenty of outdoor space to relax and play in, including a skate bowl, barbecues, a fitness training circuit and a multipurpose sports field.


  • The largest pool complex built in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics.
  • 50m heated outdoor pool set within a larger, irregular shaped 'beach pool'.
  • 25m heated indoor program pool.
  • Indoor leisure pool.
  • Heated hydrotherapy pool.
  • New public artwork by acclaimed Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones.


Inspiring design excellence

The City is proud to be one of the few Australian organisations conducting open architecture competitions to find the most beautiful, functional and sustainably designed buildings.

In 2014, 144 architects submitted designs, which were exhibited for public feedback that was used in the jury’s deliberations.

Andrew Burges Architects in association with Grimshaw and TCL created the winning design – an urban beach pool seamlessly integrating into a park.

“This will be a beautifully conceived, unique community experience.” Jury panel “Not just for fitness fanatics, this is a place for all people to enjoy the centre in different ways – even if it’s simply reading the paper in the sun and enjoying the occasional dip.” Andrew Burges of Andrew Burges Architects

The City has signed a contract with CPB Contractors for the construction of the centre.

Construction is now underway. On Wednesday 28 February 2018 Lord Mayor Clover Moore was joined by the project’s architects and design team and CPB Contractors to officially break ground at the site.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore launches the start of works with a sod-turning and smoking ceremony.

A traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony marked the start of the main works.

We expect to complete the aquatic centre, multipurpose sports field and landscaped areas by early 2020. A playground will be completed in a later stage of works.

Architect's render of Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Designed by Andrew Burges Architects in association with Grimshaw Architects and TCL.

Stage one construction begins: early 2018

Stage one expected completion: early 2020

Architect's render of Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

What does Gunyama mean?

During the 1850s Waterloo was a smelly place. Strong southerlies blew through the area and noxious trades dealing in animal skins gave the southwest wind a distinctive presence. The Sydney Aboriginal language word gunyama means “wind from the south-west” while an associated word, gunyamara means “stink!”