Swimming is usually a summer activity, but you can get more kick out of it if you do it during the winter months. With the right location and a wetsuit, swimming during the cold months can be a fun and exciting experience. Willing to take the plunge? Then check out these top swimming spots in Sydney.
1 Notts Ave., Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
(02) 9130 3120
The “home of winter swimming since 1929,” Bondi Icebergs is a well-known, winter-friendly club/swimming hole. Spend your next weekend doing laps around the Bondi Baths while enjoying the amazing view. The Icebergs pool is found at Bondi Beach’s southern end, so you’ll get to see a sweeping view of the world-famous Bondi Beach. You’re sure to get your heart racing when you swim in the pool because of the chilly-but-manageable temperatures. After a few laps, warm up with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Then get rid of those hunger pangs (who isn’t hungry after a good swim?) with some fish and chips or a juicy steak sandwich at the club bistro. For non-club members, prepare to shell out a minimum fee of $4.50 for kids and $6.50 for adults.
Cremorne Reserve, Milson Road, Cremorne Point, NSW 2090
For a more laidback vibe, check out Maccallum Pool. It’s a public pool that’s conveniently located along the edge of the Sydney Harbour. To provide swimmers with a bit of privacy, the entire area is fenced off. As you do your laps around the pool or sit by the poolside to relax, enjoy the breathtaking view of Sydney Harbour, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Because of its location, it offers one of the best seats in the city if you want to soak up some winter sun. Your smaller kids will enjoy paddling and splashing around the shallow shelf at the other end of the pool, and getting yourself cleaned before and after a swim is easy with the open-air shower area. The best thing is that you get to enjoy all these without the admission fee.
4B Neptune Street, Coogee, NSW 2034
(02) 9665 2838
Open everyday of the year, Wylie’s Baths is a saltwater tidal pool that’s a few hundred metres from Coogee Beach. The pool’s serene view of the Pacific Ocean and the Wedding Cake Island is the perfect remedy for the winter blues. Keep those muscles working even in the dead of winter by doing some laps in the pool, or soak in some sun as you read your favourite book by the poolside. If you’ve had a stressful week, get your focus back by joining the yoga, Pilates, or tai-chi classes held at the ocean deck. It even has a marquee on the top deck that serves as a venue for weddings and other functions. Admission rates and class fees apply, and discounted prices are available to students and pensioners.
25 Charles St. Freshwater NSW 2096
Another swimming hole that’s worth the winter dip is Freshwater Beach. Popular among young families, the beach has plenty of kid-friendly amenities. This surf beach has a shallow area for kids who want to splash around, and sandbars are found throughout the beach, providing some protection against strong currents. Located within the Manly-Freshwater National Reserve, you also get to access the reserve’s playground, shaded tables, and BBQ areas. Winter is the perfect time to visit this beach if you want to avoid the crowd. The beach also has a rock pool if you prefer a more secluded swimming spot. The water can get nippy at first, but once you’ve done a few, fast laps, you’ll be warm enough to enjoy the swim.
Although winter in Sydney is mild, the waters can be a bit nippy, especially if you’re not used to swimming during the cold months. Aside from bringing a wetsuit, warm yourself up by doing a few runs before swimming. Days before the trip, check first with the pool or resort club if you need to pay an admission fee. For your transportation, book a cheap car hire Sydney service so it’ll be easier for you to carry all those swimsuits, snacks, drinks, and towels to and from the pool or beach.