Oh, I do love North Sydney Pool, and my love has been true for almost 25 years.
I used to live at Milson’s Point and would have a swim here in the mornings before dashing up to work on The Midday Show With Ray Martin at Channel 9.
Those were the days!
When my big boys were wee boys we lived in North Sydney and they did some swimming lessons here just after the indoor pools were built.
Then in the summer we’d swim and splash about in the outdoor kids’ pools. It was the ideal pool for my eldest with his Thomas The Tank Engine obsession, James, Gordon and even Thomas himself puffed regularly across the Harbour Bridge.
We moved further and further out to the ‘burbs, so coming to this most scenic of pools is now a school holidays treat. I know it’s not the most family-orientated pool in Sydney, others are much groovier. But you can’t beat it for views and location. And it’s extra fab as a cool down place after a visit to Luna Park.
North Sydney Olympic Pool
Alfred Street South, Milsons Point 2061
Phone: 9955 2309
Open: Monday–Friday 5.30am–9pm; Saturday–Sunday 7am–7pm.
Under fives free.
Pools: Indoors—25 metre indoor pool, wading pool, adult sauna and spa.
Outdoors: 50 metre pool, toddler pool, baby splash pool.
The pool with the best view in Sydney, tucked down beside the Harbour Bridge. If the view of the bridge is enjoyed more by the adults than the kids, fear not, the trains, boats and ferries will keep the littlies amused.
The facilities at this pool complex are excellent both inside and out. There is a grassy area upstairs near the 25 metre pool as well as beside the original toddler and baby pools.
Cafe: Cafe beside the 50 metre pool and children’s pools
Shade: Shadecloth over outdoors children’s pools
Strollers: No problems, lift between levels
Swim school: Yes
Sports shop: Yes
Membership available: Yes
Mum’s report: Great additions make this a pool that families can use all year round. A must-swim pool for visitors to Sydney.
Extra: Luna Park is right next door. The Harbour Bridge stroller walk commences near here (see page 227). Walk along the boardwalk past Luna Park to the Lavender Bay wharf then go under the railway to get to the good playground in Watt Park.
Map reference: Gregory’s 1 K1, Sydway 46 K9, UBD 1 K1
Parking: Meter street parking in Alfred Street South, the cost of the parking ticket can be discounted against entrance fee. Take parking ticket stub to pool reception.
Nearest station: Milsons Point is a 10 minute walk away
Nearest ferry: Milsons Point Wharf is by the pool
Bus stop nearby: Yes
Who wants to meet me there for a swim??