Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton Swimming Pool is a very special Sydney swimming pool, with the most stunning views over Woolloomooloo Bay, the navy ships at Garden Island and Sydney Harbour, plus a great cafe on site too.
If you love a cool pool with a view then do not miss this one, nor the equally stunning North Sydney Olympic Pool on the north side of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton Swimming Pool
Mrs Macquarie’s Road, The Domain, Sydney 2000
Phone: 9358 6686
Open: Daily 6am– 8pm Closed in winter from 1st May to 1st September. Under fours free.
Pools: Outdoors— 50m pool with 8 lanes, heated to 25 degrees; 20m program pool, heated to 29 degrees
This swimming pool is in a wonderful location on the side of the Domain overlooking Woolloomooloo Bay. Sounds delightful and it is, especially for adults.
From a young child’s point of view, there isn’t as much on offer as there are at other pools. There is no leisure pool with slides and water fountains as at the nearby Cook and Phillip Park, for example.
Still, even for little kids, this is a scenic spot for a quick splash after visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens or the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
For teenagers though, this is a delightful pool with lots of opportunities to see Sydney’s beautiful people in all their sunbaking glory. And for keen lap swimmers, look no further than the shimmering blue lanes.
Cafe: The Poolside Cafe is a splendid place to eat and to relax, with a full menu plus plenty of drinks and snack option
Baby change: Yes
Shade: Shade cloth over smaller pool only
Strollers: Steps from road to pool entrance and also steps from entrance down to pool area
Swim school: Yes
Sports shop: No
Membership available: Yes, and classes on offer
Mum’s report: This is a dedicated sun-worshipper territory aimed at an adult market. The setting is so spectacular that a short visit when in the area works out well.
Extra: Art Gallery of New South Wales On the route of the Harbour Bridge to Art Gallery stroller walk
Parking: Meter parking on Mrs Macquarie’s Road
Bus stop nearby: Yes, Sydney Red Explorer Stop 6 at the Art Gallery